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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 2 day old duckling is in respiratory distress. Open mouth

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My 2 day old duckling is in respiratory distress. Open mouth breathing and clicking noise. Can't get to a vet until tomorrow. How can I help it?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. There are few avian-oriented vets on the site. Unfortunately, only an oxygen chamber would be helpful when such urgency exists. If your duckling has made it through the night, an avian-oriented vet will place it in an oxygen-rich incubator and initiate antibiotic therapy. Please give me an update on the duckling.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Dr. Salkin
My duckling improved in a quiet warm area. She made it thru the night. I took her to my avian vet. She stayed the night and is back home now. Doing well and growing.
Thanks for your response. It is hard to find qualified waterfowl and avian vets.
Teri C
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
What a great update! I appreciate your taking the time to let me know. I do understand your logistical constraints.

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