PARALYZED DUCK-HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lizzy456, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. Lizzy456

    Lizzy456 Out Of The Brooder

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    When I went outside to put the ducks in for the night , one of them was floating in their kiddie pool.Her chest was completely underwater , and her bill kept drooping into the water.Her wings were spread and hanging off her sides , and her tail feathers were spread and upright.When I touched her back , she made no move to scoot out of range like they usually do , so I lifted her out of the water and set her on a towel on my lap.Her legs were completely spread out , and even though she tried to flap her wings and get up , its like she couldn't control them.I've put her in a pet carrier in our garage , and she just lays there and tries to scrabble up , but as I mentioned she doesn't seem to have control of her legs.She also seems to have something in her throat , but when I opened her mouth I couldn't see anything.She shakes her head and tries to drink , but she can't get anything to go down.She can't tuck her wings into the usual place but she can halfheartedly flap them.There's also a place where some feathers seem to be chewed off , but no damage to the skin.

    Do you guys know what it is?If so , what can I do about it?It might be botulism , but I wanted to hear from the experts how to help her.
    I'll try to post some pictures.
     
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  3. casportpony

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    Does she blink if you touch the corner of her eye? I recently read that with botulism they can't blink their nictitating membrane.

    -Kathy
     
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    The membrane does move across her eye.
    She's having trouble supporting her head now , I don't know what to do.
     
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    I've looked at more botulism sites , and it seems to be exactly what she has.I don't know how to treat it , Holderread says to clear her esophagus with a funnel and tube down her throat , but I don't know how to do that safely , so I'm not very comfortable with it.
     
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    Yes.
     
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