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Bill Abscess

Bill abscesses in ducks can sometimes occur as a result of a prior injury, usually in the form of a cut or puncture wound that has become infected. It is considered a serious emergency condition for ducks, that needs to be treated by a veterinarian promptly to reduce the likelihood of the abscess rupturing, which can cause the infection to spread to other areas within the body.

Symptoms

Bill swelling (often 'pocketed')
Loss of appetite
Lethargy

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Culture

Treatment

MethodMethod Summary
Surgical drainageThe infectious fluid within the abscess will need to be drained with a syringe by your veterinarian.
Antibiotics
Anti-inflammatories and pain medication

Prevention

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