Pekin--fluid on knee

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  1. im2clumsy

    im2clumsy Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey Everyone!
    I have a Pekin duck--probably about 3-4 years old. I've noticed she isn't walking well--after looking at her, it appears she has a large amount of fluid on her knee (circled in green in picture). We drained some of the fluid & it's yellow liquid. This is the 2nd time this has happened to her. Right now she is on penicillin--anything else we can do besides drain and treat with meds?

    Looking at some other info--says that we can give her oregano--anyone know how much?

    Thanks in advance for the help!

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  2. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess that its probally pretty painful for her to walk on? I'd confine her to a smaller area inside, where there is less space for her to walk around, which would therefore mean that she's putting less pressure on it.

    Good luck with her, and I hope she recovers well :)
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Hugs!

    Pekins can have trouble with their joints.

    In addition to the oral antibiotics, I would give her time floating in lukewarm water whenever possible to take the weight off the leg and improve circulation. And it's pleasant for them.

    Oregano is used as a natural antimicrobial - I wish I could find a dosage chart. I would use the herb, not the essential oil, as the e.o. Is so very concentrated. Confession - once I put a tiny tiny drop of oregano oil on my toothbrush. Yowza!!!!! Four-alarm fire!!!!! Well, we learn by doing, don't we? After that, I learned to dilute it with lots of water before trying to ingest it.

    If this were my duck, I would look into topical antibiotic as well. You might try an antibiotic ointment, or your might find a formulated antibiotic cream with essential oils in it. Some have used tea tree or yarrow, I believe. But again - straight essential oils are not good to put on anyone's skin! So something made for topical application is what I would look for.

    Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, so you might consider adding that to moistened food. It stains, so be careful. It's pretty, but not easy to get off your skin, and I have never been able to remove it from clothing.
     
  4. im2clumsy

    im2clumsy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have her in a smaller dog crate right now so she isn't doing much walking right now! Thank you!!
     
  5. im2clumsy

    im2clumsy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the suggestions!! I'll try this out!
    I actually was wondering about essential oils---thanks for that tip...I don't think I'll be trying that anytime soon :)
     

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