Help eye problem in duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bubbyduck, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. bubbyduck

    bubbyduck In the Brooder

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    This duck was dumped at a lake so isn't mine hence I haven't run off to the vet but if necessary I will go to the vet.

    The duck has got a major eye problem and I'm not sure what caused it or if he even still has an eye.

    I have purchased chlorsig (antibiotic eye ointment) and I have some meloxicam (pain relief)
    I also have a script of cephalexin.

    Advice? Is the eye gone? Does it look like an infection?


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  2. Trimurtisan

    Trimurtisan Team flappy foot

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    That's so sad.
    I don't have any experience, but we can bump this topic to the top, hopefully someone that can help will chime in.
    Thank you for trying to help.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Bless it's heart. Looks like an infection if you can take this little one to the vet for examine and possibly antibiotics that would be great. Although you also said you have things to use already so up to you but getting him in a better environment cleaned up so you can evaluate that eye then maybe decide on vet care. Nice clean water to get him to clean his eyes out real good. This is the saddest part of keeping animals seeing those that get tossed out like garbage. Bless you for caring and wanting to help. Eye maybe gone but until you can clean him up so you can know for sure hard to say.
     
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  4. bubbyduck

    bubbyduck In the Brooder

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    So he went to the vet today and they told me the eye burst and he needs surgery. A $900 kind of surgery :( I cried all the way home wondering what on earth to do. I know a non avian vet might do it cheaper. And I can surrender him to the RSPCA and they MAY do the surgery or they may put him to sleep.

    I was going to start a gofundme, while I wait for some networking to possibly find another vet willing to do the surgery cheaper or free. Then someone with experience told me that when a bird loses an eye it often effects the brain and they die. They also told me that vets will just take my money basically.

    So now I'm really lost and upset.

    I took him back down to see his friend and they quacked to each other :(

    Does anyone have experience with how a bird responds to losing an eye??
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    They can surely do fine once the eye is removed it's if it's left in and the infection spreads there is trouble.

    Bless your heart that is a big undertaking for you. And sounds quite expensive to remove the eye. Did you explain this isn't your duck your just wanting to help him? I'd get a second opinion. And then go with what you feel you can do. Surrendering to the RSCPA maybe the best way at least if he has to be put down he won't suffer a painful death.

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  6. MomJones

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    Ok I gotta weigh in on this since I'm kind of the local "healer person". I feel your anguish. Please forgive me if this sounds stupid but I've dealt with a lot of sick or dying animals. A lot. I used to rescue dogs and cats and not all of them could be saved, people left them for dead by the side of the road or in abandoned houses or I grabbed them out of meth labs, etc.
    This is my 2 cents:
    You obviously love this duck. And it's obviously got an infected eye socket but it's ok otherwise. You are applying antibiotic ointment and you have a little pain relief there. Why not pray over your duck and ask God to heal him, then just keep doing what you're doing? He's otherwise ok, right? If he's able to interact with his friend, he must be fairly functional. Not every infection leads to death. And since you're treating him (as well as imparting love), I wouldn't be surprised if he heals up in time.

     
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  7. bubbyduck

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    The vet told me there is no eye anymore.. that it burst basically. They said he would basically suffer if I left him like this. I have pain relief but he can't be on that forever. He shakes his head and scratches at his eye so it's obviously bothering him :( I do not want him to suffer.

    And yes they know the situation. They said I could surrender him to them but when I asked what they would do, they said they would probably put him to sleep because they didn't have the budget to do the surgery. Today was frustrating because they said they would see him as "wildlife" and then when I turn up and he's obviously domestic they charged me the full fee.. sigh.


    This is his gofundme if anyone wants to help:
    https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-abandoned-and-hurt-ducky
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    If you can get his mate that would sure help with recovery and save another life.
     
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  9. bubbyduck

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    Yes. There's his buddy and two recently dumped pekins. Problem is after grabbing this guy none of the others trust me anymore. I need a net. I don't have transport. Everything is so hard!!
     
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  10. bubbyduck

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    His eye tonight
     

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