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Prolapse in Indian Runner

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TwoDogFarm, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. TwoDogFarm

    TwoDogFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a prolapsed Indian Runner Duck and need some help. When I found it, I soaked her vent in warm Epsom salt soak for 10 min. Then I wrapped her in a towel and gently pushed the prolapse back in with KY jelly. It stayed in a first but then she pooped and it popped back out. So I tried again with Prep H. It stayed in a little longer but when I checked her again, it had started to come back out. I pushed it a little more up inside and put her down. She pooped again and out it came. I pushed back in one more time and put her in a small cat carrier in the dark. She sounded like she was picking at her feathers.

    I have tried calling vets today but we have very few avian vets and no one is working after hours on a weekend that will see her. How can I make sure it stays in? How often should I check her to make sure it hasn't popped back out?

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    After the first time I pushed it in
     
  2. Amiga

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    I am thinking that @TwoDogFarm may need to keep a close watch on the duck-girl, and keep replacing the tissue and treating with Preparation H or honey or other suggested material for several hours as (we hope) the swelling of the tissue goes down.

    I think keeping her in the dark is a good move. Would a cool compress be of any use?
     
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  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I agree Amiga, Prep H is suppose to help with bringing down swelling so maybe keep using it, but I would check often to make sure it doesn't dry out.
     
  4. Orca5094

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    Also, you'd want to soak her in cold water, not warm. Cold helps things contract so they can pull everything back in. And never soak more than just legs/feet in Epsom salt. They can absorb the salt into their bodies through their cloaca, which is not good for them. Same reason you don't want them to ever drink Epsom salt water.

    So, I'd suggest a plain cold water soak for awhile as well and see if that helps. How is she doing now?
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2016
  5. AmandaVirginia

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    @TwoDogFarm My Call duck, Winter, had a prolapsed uterus about 6 months ago due to a soft shell egg. The vet wouldn't open for another two hours. So, for an hour I applied a decent amount of sugar every 15 minutes directly on her uterus. Then put her in a lukewarm bath for the remaining hour. By the time we got to the vet, two hours later, it had completely resolved all on its own. They monitored her 6-8 hours for a relapse and all the while she passed her soft shell egg. I added more calcium to her diet and she hasn't had any problems since. Is your girl of laying age? If so, is she on a layer crumble or pellet?
     
  6. TwoDogFarm

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    She is about 10 months old and has been laying for a while now. We do feed her layer pellets and she has oyster shells free choice which I always see her eating.

    To be honest she is one of the last I would have expected to have this problem.

    My biggest challenge with this is keeping the area moist, as she keeps wanting to dry off as soon as I put anything on the area. She's been in the dark cat carrier for the past 6 hours while ive slept. I just checked in on her and she is still hanging in there. I will be checking the affected area soon.

    I've been a little frustrated with these vets around here though. I can't get one to help on the weekend at all. It's like whenever I mention that she's a duck, everyone says they can't help her. I know my regular vet will help but it will probably be tomorrow evening before he will look at her as he is not an avian vet. My problem is I don't know if she can make it that long.

    I'm wondering now about the sugar though. When you apply sugar, do you make a kind of solution so it's wet?
     
  7. TwoDogFarm

    TwoDogFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is hanging in there right now. I can tell she is not feeling well though. I may try soaking her in a cool bath soon. Do you suggest putting Epsom salt in the cool water or just plain water?
     
  8. Orca5094

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  9. TwoDogFarm

    TwoDogFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You said that. Sorry. I missed it. I'll see about doing that. Thanks
     
  10. TwoDogFarm

    TwoDogFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I checked the vent this morning and it actually looks better than I thought. As of now, for the most part, most of it seems to be retracting inside. I moistened her vent with a little Prep H and put her back in the dark.

    Problem is she is extremely nervous being inside the house and by herself this morning. Any suggestions on how to keep her calm so she doesn't stress herself out and make it worse?

    She also seems to have an egg low in her vent. I've given her some calcium water this morning but only have given her some and taken it out. I feel like she will spill it if I leave it in right now, as nervous as she is.
     

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