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Our duck with bumble foot looks systemically ill. I'm a doctor

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Our duck with bumble foot looks systemically ill. I'm a doctor and have cipro and amoxicillin at home. Can I give her either one or must I use a veterinary preparation? She weighs about 4 pounds.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Bob.
I'm sorry to read of your duck's condition. Bumblefoot is a very deep walled-off abscess that doesn't allow good tissue penetration of typical antibiotics. Generally, a disinfectant padded bandage using a product called "Vetericyn" is used to soften and disinfect the area allowing the walled-off tissue to be expelled and healing to occur. The bandage is padded with gauze and over wrapped with an elastic self-adhesive bandage called "Vetwrap" (Coban is the human equivalent). The bandage is removed, the area treated with Vetericyn , then re-bandaged three times daily until healing is well underway and healthy pink tissue present. If you would want to use a systemic antibiotic, Clindamycin or chloramphenicol would be teh most effective. Mupirocin would also be a good topical dressing if teh lesion proves to be highly resistant. If you should have any further questions, please let me know.
Kind regards, *****
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Dose of clinda or chloramphenicol?
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.
Hello again Dr. Barbara, Sorry for the delay, we left for church just after I posted my answer.The dose of chloramphenicol is usually given IM qid in the breast muscle, alternating sides and sites, 50 mg/kg.
Clindamycin is dosed at 100 mg/kg twice daily. Usually 7 -10 days are needed to clear a deep infection like bumble foot. Please let me know if I may be of any further help to you.
Warm regards, *****
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.
Hi Barbara,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Bob

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