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Anna, Bird Expert, Biologist
Category: Bird
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Experience:  Have owned and/or raised parakeets, finches, cockatiels, and poultry over a period of thirty years.
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Mallard duck 2 months old having seizures took to vet gave

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Mallard duck 2 months old having seizures took to vet gave antibiotics and vitamins does not seem to be working not eating much
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. What is the bird's name?
Customer: daffy
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Daffy?
Customer: hes not growing as quickly as the other ducks. falls over when swimmimg
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.


I apologize that no one has responded to your question sooner. Different experts come online at various times. I just came online and saw your question. My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with a special interest in avian health. I'm sorry to hear of Daffy's problem.

I feel bad to give you less than good news, but I believe you deserve honesty. The vet you saw did all that is possible. The combination of symptoms you are seeing - seizures, little appetite, failure to grow properly, and falling over when swimming - point to a serious neurological disorder. It was probably genetic. Such things happen in a percentage of young animals. With ducks, it's not unusual to lose about 10% of a clutch. That doesn't make it any easier to see when one of our own just doesn't thrive. But it does mean that nothing you did or didn't do caused the problem.

There is probably nothing else the vet can do, but I suggest you make a return visit. Discuss with the vet the possibility I just explained. It is likely that Daffy will continue to decline. The best thing to do might be to have the vet humanely end his suffering. Sometimes what is so difficult for us is most humane for our animal companions.

If you have more questions, just let me know. I'm sorry that you are going through this with Daffy.


Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?