Duck with Weak Hock - Likely Arthritis

Duck Duck Moose

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Jul 22, 2021
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Hi folks,

I have a sweet pekin duck who has crunchy hocks, as in, when I hold her and move her leg at the joint, I can feel/hear it grind. I assume arthritis has set in on an old injury, as she has always had an awkward gait.

Months ago when I took her to the vet, I was told that she had good muscle mass in both legs and nothing was done. (It was early into her limp so she hadn't deteriorated as she has now.)

These days, she spends the majority of her time resting. She limps badly when she walks and sometimes just collapses while standing. I've guided her food intake to keep her from overeating since she forages less, have dosed her with niacin, glucosamine, turmeric, etc., and spend as much time as I can giving her a good quality of life. I check her hocks for resting sores (none to date), trim her toenails, and massage her hocks and scratch her head. Her greatest joy is time in the water, so I make sure she has access to her pool. The buoyancy helps her flap, stretch, and preen. She keeps herself beautiful. On days when I feel like she may just be suffering through life, I'll catch her hitting the pool and it reminds me that she is still spunky and deserving of my efforts.

I have made slings to suspend her, but she is still strong enough to get out of them. I know that's a good thing, but I also know that her one leg is tremendously impacting her movement daily. I am in this hard spot of letting her mobilize the best she can, or try to suspend her to take the pain from those joints.

If you have any advice on care, treatment, and experience, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
 

Miss Lydia

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I'm sorry about your duck , seems as they get older they can develop arthritis same as us.
My 10yr old Muscovy drake injured his leg fighting my gander last spring and developed a limp from it. no outward sign of injury though. He isn't one to move around a lot anyway not like my Runners so I have just been giving him 81mg aspirin daily wrapped in a small piece of bread. We don't have vets around us that treat birds or I'd try and get Meloxicam for him. If you have a vet that will see your duck maybe that would be the way to go so you can get Meloxicam for her. Sounds like your giving her a good life.
 

Duck Duck Moose

In the Brooder
Jul 22, 2021
4
4
14

Duck Duck Moose

In the Brooder
Jul 22, 2021
4
4
14
I'm sorry about your duck , seems as they get older they can develop arthritis same as us.
My 10yr old Muscovy drake injured his leg fighting my gander last spring and developed a limp from it. no outward sign of injury though. He isn't one to move around a lot anyway not like my Runners so I have just been giving him 81mg aspirin daily wrapped in a small piece of bread. We don't have vets around us that treat birds or I'd try and get Meloxicam for him. If you have a vet that will see your duck maybe that would be the way to go so you can get Meloxicam for her. Sounds like your giving her a good life.
Thank you for your reply and care, Miss Lydia. I will get her back on Aspirin. I realize that being a pekin, she was predisposed to leg injuries, but I'm sad that she's only 2.5 years old and suffering from these issues. Sometimes we're just born with a harder row to hoe. She is a little sassy toughie though, so I will keep working with her as long as she wants me to do so.
 
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