botulism in duck

by Sherry
(Bradenton, Florida)

i think my duck my have botulism, how do i treat her

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Aug 31, 2010
Stormie is getting better!
by: Sherry

I have purchased some Tetroxy HCA-28C at the feed and grain store. It is a soluble powder that i have mixed with water. I have been feeding her using a syringe, mixing the medicine with green bean baby food. I started this Saturday, today is Monday, she is 50% better! She still is having trouble getting around, very weak. I assist her on her feet and she is able to stand for a little while. She flaps her wings but is so weak it makes her fall. She is taking water on her own, ate some tomatoes and is starting to eat some of her crumble. I think she will make it. I treated her symptoms as if she had botulism, we had a lot of rain and it is very possible she ate some moldy crumble. I have two other ducks that are showing no signs of illness, but I am treating their water with the medicine as well for 3 days.

Aug 29, 2010
botulism in duck
by: Linda

What your duck may have is Salmonella which is a deadly disease that has to be treated by an Avian Vet. Do not take her to a regular dog and cat vet as they are not licensed or trained in diagnosing and treating birds and can make matters worse. Salmonella will kill your bird if not treated by Avian Vet, and you'll need to clean up the area she lives in thoroughly as Salmonella is passed onto humans as well. It usually grows in wet poop or poop that stays wet in the case of a duck. It also grows where food has been thrown and left to rot in moist, warm conditions.

Seek professional help immediately as you may very well lose her not to mention all of you getting the same thing. All you have to do is walk in the mess where it is incubating to get it, so take precautions and clean up the area.Change your clothes, shoes and wash hands in soap and water after you handle duck. Ask the Avian Vet what steps you need to take to clean up the entire area where duck is living. General cleanliness will prevent Salmonella poisoning. Salmonella is a killer of animals and humans, so do not take this lightly.

Thanks for writing and good luck,
Linda

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