How to bandage a duck

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by xke4, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. xke4

    xke4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any suggestions on how to bandage a duck's neck so that he doesn't pick his sutures out? He was found today with a 5" laceration on the side of his neck running lengthways. We think that he had an altercation with a hawk as there is one hanging around and has already got my favourite duck. This one had his wound sutured and keeps trying to pick at it with his bill. I have refurbished a chicken apron by shortening the bib and the straps but it sure looks makeshift. Wrapping with vet-rap was not successful.Thanks, Carolyn
     
  2. nightshade

    nightshade Chillin' With My Peeps

    Take a cardboard paper towel roll. slice it longways put it around the ducks neck and duct tape it back together. That should protect him from picking them out. Also you may want to look into getting some bluecoat from your local feed store. We have foudn it works really well and since it is spray on it is really convienent. Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  3. DuckLady

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    Get one of those collars they put on dogs after a surgery. One for a small dog will work. Just don't injure his dignity by laughing where he can hear you.
     
  4. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also use something called Bandguard that you can get from your vet. The back of the tube reads "An unpleasant tasting preparation for application on bandages, casts, tape and other wound dressings to deter self-mutilation." The vet gave it to me to use on my Newfie when she got spaid and was trying to chew her stitches. Here's a picture of it.

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  6. xke4

    xke4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all your replies. That toilet paper roll idea would have been good except the wound is down closer to his shoulder. Has anyone used a collar on a duck before? the ones that we have at work look too big so I think I might go to the pet store and look to see if they make a kitten one. Carolyn
     
  7. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    You can use a paper plate. Just cut a circle in the middle the size of the neck and a slit from the circle to the outside edge of the plate. After you get the duck in there, duct tape the plate shut.
     

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