Help! Indian Runner with Respiratory infection- needing advice!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by misskate, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. misskate

    misskate Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! I am new to this site... Our Indian Runner has a respiratory infection and I am seeking help/advice. It went on for a couple of weeks before we took serious action because this is our first time around with this kind of situation. Well, we are learning a lot quickly and it is rather stressful.

    First we noticed her eye was bubbly and foamy. We thought it was an eye infection and separated her from the others and rinsed her eye with salt water and chamomile throughout the day and gave her her own personal clean water. After a couple of days she returned with the others because it looked like it had improved.

    Then she got bad again... her eye, her little nostrils were clogged, and she smelled like rot around her upper beak. We brought her inside and she lived in the bathtub for 3 days/ 3 nights. We put her on penicillin and removed some of rot from the clogged areas. We put the penicillin in her infected eye and around the sore in her upper beak. Not much improvement to report.

    Now- to note.... she seems to be fighting it- she is showing no signs of pain from her behavior... and she is our biggest strongest duck still! Her breathing is heavy and impaired a bit- and her eye and sores are looking very swollen and bad.

    Today we got Tylon 50 and plan on injecting her tonite. We couldn't do it this morning because it was stressful finding a good spot in her chest muscle. I have read that it can be injected behind the neck as well. Any advice? Is there a better spot? How do we know where it is okay to inject...? Tonight we will inject her and I am really hoping for some positive changes... because it feels pretty extreme right now- like... if this doesn't work- I don't know what else to do!

    Our 3 other ducks and 2 chickens are perfectly fine. They have been around her for weeks and have shown no signs of infection--- do we need to worry?

    Is there anything we should do or know? Has anyone experienced this? Is there still hope for her? Anything will be helpful.

    Thanks!

    Kate and sweet lil Mable.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:Hi I was sure you would get help here but looks like everyone is taking the night off, please Pm duckyfromoz she has runners and knows an awful lot about them I really think she could help. she is in Australia. I'm so sorry no one is here to help. also amiga has runners she maybe able to help. also Boggy Bottoms Bantams is an expert at ducks please try any or all of these.
     
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  3. ducksinarow

    ducksinarow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most pet shops have antibiotics you can put in the water for birds (parrots and parakeets). I would probably use that. However, I see you are already using penicillin. I have no idea how to give a duck a shot. Ouch. As far as the eye goes. I use polysporin. It works great on all animals including people.
     
  4. misskate

    misskate Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! You are so sweet! I have messaged the first two but can't find boggy bottoms bantams under users. I am hopeful! I have a couple of hours until my honey gets home and we are going to give her the Tylon... so we'll see... Thanks!
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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  6. misskate

    misskate Out Of The Brooder

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    Just gave her the Tylan shot in her chest.... went well... she's a very good duck. Let's hope it works!
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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  8. misskate

    misskate Out Of The Brooder

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    No major changes. We gave her a nasal flush this morning with the tylan and put ointment on her eye. Will give her second injection of tylan later today.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:Hopefull after second dose she start turning around for you... [​IMG]
     

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