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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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There is a Florida Duck in my yard here in Miami which eats

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there is a Florida Duck in my yard here in Miami which eats and drinks well but when trying to stand up it flips back, no equilibrium , can you tell me if this curable and how ?
thank you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

The incoordination you're seeing is a hallmark of both Riemerella anatipestifer (also known as Pasteurella anatipestifier) and colibacillosis (Escherichia coli) infections in ducks in which the infection has reached the central nervous system. Once such symptoms arise these ducks are very difficult to treat successfully with antibiotics but if you're willing to try, an avian vet (please see here: can prescribe penicillin, enrofloxacin, or sulfadimethoxine-ormetoprim which are effective in reducing mortality.

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