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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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My duck keeps falling over ,her legs dont seem to work

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Hi, my duck keeps falling over ,her legs dont seem to work properly . Ive tried to take her to the vets but none of them treat ducks. Can you help
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Heather, botulism is my primary concern when a duck becomes paretic (weak) or paralyzed in her legs and/or is ataxic ("drunken sailor"). Are you seeing any evidence of wing or neck paralysis? Does Jemmima have access to stagnant ponds that contain decaying organic matter - particularly dead animal carcases? Home care consists of force-feeding a slurry made from her pellets and administered with a small poultry baster (the irony...) or tubed into her if you have experience in doing so. Antibiotics may be helpful but also risk increasing toxin levels in these ducks as Clostridial bacteria are killed. Ducks who have a sublethal infection can spontaneously recover with good husbandry - keeping her hydrated and fed as I mentioned. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.