Duck with degenerative joint disease

Orthopedic/Arthritis: Problems associated with joints, bone, and connective tissue, and CH (cerebellar hypoplasia), or brain damage.
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Duck with degenerative joint disease

Post by Jenn1818 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:54 pm

I have a 5 year old male pekin duck. He has been suffering with arthritis for over a year his hock joint on his left leg is very swollen and just 4 days ago I noticed his left foot is completely curled under I am looking for advice for a splint he would need something under his foot and that comes up over his ankle for support I found something perfect but they don’t make them for adult ducks please any help I would hate to have to put him down since other then that he’s just perfect!

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Re: Duck with degenerative joint disease

Post by CarolC » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:18 pm

I wonder if you could take a duck boot and improvise something to prevent toe drop. But if it is curling from a contracture, a vet might be able to hopefully treat(?) whatever is going on with his hock that is causing it?

Here is an example of a duck boot.

http://www.hensaver.com/Birdy-Bootie.html

Here are a couple of examples of booties for dogs with toes curling under, which might provide an idea of how to adapt the duck boot.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=20403&p=103941

Here is one type of duck wheelchair.

viewtopic.php?f=19&t=20205

If you look in the Birds section you can see several other types of wheelchairs for various kinds of birds.

Here is a link for the Ducks with Disabilities group.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Ducks-with- ... e_internal

Hope this helps.

P.S. What is the one you found that was not for adults? Would love to know about it. Thanks!

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Re: Duck with degenerative joint disease

Post by Jenn1818 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:59 pm

He has degenerative joint disease his vet said no splint or cast would help because it’s nerve damage at this point but I saw a splint that would be perfect the people just haven’t answered back and it’s only made for babies but I’ll take a look at what you sent thanks for your help

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Re: Duck with degenerative joint disease

Post by Jenn1818 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:50 pm

This is the one that’s for ducklings 1-2weeks https://blog.hatchtrack.com/product/duckfeet/

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Re: Duck with degenerative joint disease

Post by CarolC » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:53 am

Ohmygosh! That's fantastic!!! Thank you so much for posting it.
Hatchtrack_splint.JPG

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Re: Duck with degenerative joint disease

Post by Jenn1818 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:56 am

The large is good for Geese 1-2 weeks olds 😔

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Re: Duck with degenerative joint disease

Post by CarolC » Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:16 am

Yeah, that's a shame, it looks perfect. When I first saw it I thought it looked big, then I read what they said. I wonder why they don't make an adult size. Did you try also messaging them on facebook maybe?

https://www.facebook.com/hatchtrack/

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Re: Duck with degenerative joint disease

Post by critters » Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:52 pm

Splints can help with nerve damage, contractures, etc. Ideally, try to splint before the contracture becomes permanent, because the splint can help hold the limb in the position of function. I can't say that I've ever splinted a duck, though. :D

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