Ethical question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Frank Phinster, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. Frank Phinster

    Frank Phinster Chillin' With My Peeps

    After a considerable time of absence I felt the need to visit BYC again and I also have a question.

    Some may remember that I have a handicapped duck in my flock. She has been limping since I got her and she is also suffering from seizures for year now. The vet can't do anything about it and the intensity can vary greatly.Despite all this she eats well, preens and bathes and goes foraging.

    But lately her condition seems to become worse,she cannot walk as far as before, collapses on the ground and starts panting as if in distress. I have always believed that she should live as long as would get along but have doubts that I am doing her a favour and now I am thinking about making a final trip to the vet with her.

    What is your opinion of this matter? Should I wait longer or should I have acted even earlier?
     
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    I do remember your duck... I am glad to hear about her and that she has been able to have a full ducks life... whether you should have acted sooner or now is not for anyone else to say or judge... letting go of the ones we care about can be extremely difficult but in the end it is best to keep their best interests at heart and not our own...

    As you are having doubts that her quality of life is sufficient, I think you may already have your answer... do what you feel is best for her, that's all she could ask for...
     
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  3. Frank Phinster

    Frank Phinster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you for your reply and your input.

    She has lived a longer and richer life than moulards (especially a handicapped one) can usually expect, and it has always made me happy so see her enjoying herself and sad to watch her struggle and being shunned by the other ducks.

    I suppose it's time to end it before it gets worse with her although I don't really like the thought.
     
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  4. JoyAnna

    JoyAnna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Framk, it is never an easy choice. Recently, I had to make that choice for a dear little cat who had looked after ME for quite a few years. She knew when my sugar levels got too high or low, would holler at me in the most annoying way. But it became pretty clear that it was a struggle for her to keep on. She went so peacefully and we loved each other — and still do. I think of her often and am grateful that we shared part of our lives, and that now she doesn't have to suffer any more.
     
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  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Have you talked to her about it? I am serious. The process of talking it over and listening to her may help.
     
  6. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    The duck? Or the vet.
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    The duck.
     
  8. Bills vs Beaks

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    Ooooook [​IMG]
     
  9. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Good advice... and I agree... :)
     
  10. MandBducks

    MandBducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you decide it's not the time consider DMG. It's a supplement that can help birds with seizure disorders. I have see a remarkable improvement with my duck who is no longer in phenobarbital.
     

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