Leg advice (not niacin dont worry)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Oddyse, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Oddyse

    Oddyse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys, as you all probably know, I have a beautiful Khaki drake of about 14 weeks now who broke his leg when he was just small. Where it was taking the weight of its broken leg on the other leg, that has become the problem. The broken leg heald fine, but the other leg seems dead from the "knee" down. He walks around using his "knee" as his foot. The vets said he will be fine like this as he eats and drinks fine, and can still get about. But I was wondering if there was anything I could do to help him out at all. His leg bends into his body but doesnt straighten all the way. And as I said he walks on his knee. Any help or advice would be great, many thanks guys [​IMG]
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:Does he get sores on his Knee? seems that would be a problem. if you can get vet wrap you might try make him some kind of soft splint and use vet wrap to hold it on his leg. taking it off at night when he is put up. Something soft and flexable that he could swim in but give enough support that he could walk normal? Might take a bit of detective work on your part but might be able to come up with something.
     
  3. Oddyse

    Oddyse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only thing is I cant straighten his leg, it only bends out half way. I have put some cushion on it now but il need something a bit better ASAP . [​IMG]
     
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like he's suffering from a repetitive stress injury. Hopefully, he didn't do any permanent damage to the ligaments, tendons, or muscles, but it's entirely possible that he has. A splint is a good idea, to take some of the pressure off. You might also consider confining him for a while to reduce his movement and give it time to rest.

    Sorry I'm not more help. I hope he recovers, but at least he gets around okay for now.
     
  5. Oddyse

    Oddyse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He has had it for several months now, his "knee" joints is larger now, I dont think its from swelling, but from where it has healed like that. Im pretty sure there is no chance of him recovering so I just wanted to make it as comfortable as possible. Where it has been like it for so long, is there anything I could do to straighten the leg out again? Anything at all? When I tried earlier to straighten it , only really gently, it was solid and definitely wasnt straightening back out again. I cant seperate him from his sister as they hate being apart. His little sister looks after him so its best to keep them together. I was just wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to straighten the leg out without causing too much stress. Please please someone give me some good news. PS. Im currently working on a prostetic duck leg to help him. [​IMG]
     

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