i have a 7 year old pekin duck that was attacked by a fox 9 months ago...( I ouran the fox and he got the rear while I grabbed her body....and I'm 65!!!) anyway her butt NOW seems to have a growth on the right side (looking from the rear) that is the size of a baseball.....she seems fine otherwise...eats ,fluffs up, tries to fly(she's fat) and follows her friend around fine....she just llooks awful with the sac hanging under her...can she be saved? I've had them both since2004...
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: 7
Type of Animal: duck
Nothing....I'm waitinf for the weather to warm so she can get back in the ocean...we live right on the salt water...I think THAT might help, but I don't know
Hi,Thanks for your question and for using JA.Is there any way you can take a picture of her rear (maybe from a couple of angles) and post them? You can use the tree icon on the tool bar above where you write (2 icons to the right of the happy face).Is the area getting larger?Is it hard or soft?Where specifically do you live?Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX be a good place to start.Dr. G
unfortunatly I just lost my camera!!!! The site is the size of golf ball (sorry I said baseball.) It is to the right of her tail kind of down under...She won't let me pick her up...never has even after 7 years....There are feathers covering it, but I can see reddish flesh there. It doesn't seem to bother her, but it sure does me! We live on a tiny island in maine...the ducks spend ALL their waking hours in the ocean then come back at night...I am hoping the weather breaks so they can return to that
ps...could she have an egg stuck there???? silly I know but i really like these two ducks
Hi,Bummer about the camera......however, if you can borrow one from a friend in a few days, you can always reopen this question and attach the photos then. The things I would thing about if I saw a bird with a swelling on one side would beHernia - this is when some of the abdominal muscle wall has torn and internal 'things' come out the hole. The things could include just fat, intestines, an egg etc If this is the case, sometimes they are repaired surgically, though not always. Tumor - we can see both benign and malignant types. Benign could be things like a lipoma (fatty tumor) since you say she is overweight. Treatment would depend on what type of tumor it is - if just fat, often a diet works. If an aggressive tumor, then possibly surgery. Fluid - ascities. This would be less likely since it is only on one side but ascites can be due to liver problems, heart problems, cancer etc. Treatment would depend on cause. Without someone getting her hands on her and feeling her, possibly taking an aspirate from the area (taking a needle in the area and seeing if there is fluid etc) or possibly even taking an x-ray it is going to be hard to say what it is. I don't know if there are many vets in ME that see birds, but here are some listings. See: http://www.budgiemania.com/parakeets/maine-avian-vetsIt sounds like you live in a beautiful place and they ducks have a great life. Let me know if you are able to get a picture or what other questions you may have. Dr. G
Bird and exotic animal vet for over 16 years
I accepted the answer you provided...if there are follow up questions can I re-contact you??? I will try to get a picture somehow....
Hi there,Of course you can, just click on reply, not accept again, and the new questions or comments will be added to this question. Thank you!Dr. G
I am going to try to get a photo of the ducks rear end as I have a borrowed camera...am I still in the pipeline..so to speak ???
Yes, your message came through fine so I'll be notified when you post again.Dr. G
please tell me how to get a photo to you...it's not the best but it may help...thanks
HiClick on the paper clip icon on the tool bar above where you type. This should allow you to attach pictures (one by one, I believe). If that doesn't work, contact customer service at XXXX@XXXXXXXXXX.XXX and they can help you. They have been able to send me pictures via email before.Hope it works,Dr. G
Hi, thanks for the picture - unfortunately, I can't see much due to the angle. Maybe you could try again??The other thing I didn't mention was it certainly could be due to the fox attack - an infection, granuloma or a hernia (an injury to body wall).It's going to be hard to tell w/o really being able to feel it and see if it is hard, soft, fluid filled etc. So, let me know if you can try again or are able to hold her briefly and see if you can find out more.Dr. G
I will try another picture...she's SO elusive...makes you wonder why I care, but I do !! Did you say there might be a bird dr in my area? thanks
Good morning,As for vets, there is one link in one of my above postings. The other thing to try may be to contact a wildlife rehabber. These are people that take care of wildlife and have licenses etc. They usually work with local vets so they may be a resource to find help, a vet also. Here are some links to try and find one near you.See: http://www.yorkcenterforwildlife.org/about.htmhttp://www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife/rehabilitation/listofrehabbers.htmhttp://wildliferehabber.com/modules/xoopsmembers/index.phpLet me know what happens,Dr. G