PLEASE READ - Anyone who has dealt with infected eyes in a duckling - RICHMOND, VA area waterfowl ow

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickengirl15, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. chickengirl15

    chickengirl15 New Egg

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    I have a one week old peking duckling whose right eye is sealed shut and QUITE infected, I need a veterinarian in the Richmond VA area asap who can practice on waterfowl but the closest I can find is in Yorktown!! I've had her for 3-4 days and now she is starting to feel like she is feverish and warm. I need to know where I can take her for medical attention and what I can do in the mean time to try and help keep her going. I took her home from the Southern States where I work, I do not know the source of the infected eye. I have been doing warm compresses and putting a topical antibacterial in both eyes. Please, anything will help! I have NO experience with ducks.
     
  2. chickengirl15

    chickengirl15 New Egg

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    Also, what antibiotics can ducks have and not have? I know they're not all the same as my chickens, I just don't know what the difference is.
     
  3. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go to a pharmacy and get some antibiotic eye ointment or eye drops that are for conjunctivitis in humans. Use this on your duck - do both eyes even if one seems ok (since the infection will probably spread if you don't). I've bought a product called Chlorsig to successfully treat a drake with an eye infection. I gave it to him twice or three times a day for about four to five days. I used eye drops. Don't touch the tip of the bottle to the duck or you will introduce the bacteria to the bottle and ruin the medication.

    First I'd use a saline solution to clean the eye up. Use a teaspoon of salt in some just-warm water and try to clean up the eye with it using a q-tip or very very small soft paint brush or a Kleenex.

    Just one thing to consider - is there any chance of an eye injury or are you pretty sure it's an infection?
     
  4. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ps. Seeking vet attention is a good plan too as it sounds like the problem might be quite advanced.

    Fingers crossed here that you find a suitable vet. In the meantime try the conjunctivitis medication.
     
  5. chickengirl15

    chickengirl15 New Egg

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    She came straight from the hatchery with her right eye already swollen shut. Who knows what happened! Thank you so much for your info, its a good start. I called my normal dog/cat vet and he's willing to take a look at her =/ We've used him for 10+ years and I really trust him so hopefully if he can't treat it he'll recommend me to someone who can...
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Please let us know what he thinks and hoping your little ones heals quickly with your love and attention. [​IMG]
     

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