I have a 7-9 year old Peking duck. Rescued him off the river 6 years ago do not exactly sure how old he is. About 10 days ago I notices he was limping so I separated him from the others. At first he seemed to be improving but in the last few days has gotten worse and now is having trouble standing and keeping balanced. What do you suggest
Type of Animal: Peking Duck
Age: 7-9 years
Separating him from the others
Hello and welcome to Just Answer! I'm Dr. Jaime and I'd like to help.
Limping in ducks can be due to fractures or joint infections
and if it is worsening I would be very concerned
they can have an infection of the joints that is transmissible
so he really needs to be seen by an avian veterinarian
for a physical exam, probably x-rays
a CBC, and
He will likely need pain medications
He may also require physical therapy so his joint doesn't freeze up
if it is indeed a joint infeciton
I would place him in a padded enclosure for now, with access to food and water
and bring him into a vet that is experienced in avian medicine asap
for a list of vets in your area please visit http://www.aav.org/search/index.php
He just died in my arms. I've washed my hands thououghly and will change my clothes immediately. I'm concerned about my family as we've all had contact with him in the last week.
You need to have his body necropsied and you should follow up with your family physician.
Call your local vet for instructions or your local veterinary diagnostic lab for instructions to submit his remains.
His body needs to be wet down and double baggied and REFRIGERATED, not frozen.
I am sorry for your loss. I hope that you find that his problem was not zoonotic.
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Avian/exotic practice owner, 10 yrs. avian rescue, 3yrs. private practice, 2yrs. avian wildlife