× Attention! This is a potentially life-threatening condition for your bird and possibly your flock. Time is of the essence, contact your veterinarian immediately. Find me a Vet Eye Injuries
Eye injuries can be caused by conflict with another flock member, self-inflected from sharp toenails, exposure to sharp objects, or from heavy winds blowing sand or other abrasive material into your duck's eyes. Eye injuries need immediate attention to prevent the duck from losing it's eyesight.
History Clinical signs Eye exam
Method Method Summary Flush eye with sterile saline solution 2-3 After flushing, application of an antibiotic eye ointment
Minimize exposure to sharp and/or protruding objects within duck enclosures Provide shelter that is large enough for all flock members to go inside during strong storm events, as high wind can increase the risk of sand and other substrate particles blowing in their eyes. Do not allow large concentrations of dust to accumulate in the environment where ducks are kept. Dust regularly (however making sure that no ducks are present while your dusting or sweeping). Be mindful when your mowing the lawn or when using landscaping tools that your ducks are not nearby. Gonzalez, M. S., & Carrasco, D. C. Emergencies and Critical Care of Commonly Kept Fowl. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice (2016) Silva TM, FranÃ§a GR, Ornelas IM, Loiola EC, Ulrich H, Ventura AL. Involvement of nucleotides in glial growth following scratch injury in avian retinal cell monolayer cultures. Purinergic Signal (2015) S Cross Treating Eye Problems & Facial Swelling - Homeopathy, Herbalism and Hens Part 1 Assessment, Observation & Techniques of Delivery Holistic Hen (2013) B Coles Essentials of Avian Medicine and Surgery: Third Edition Blackwell Publishing (2007) Flinchum, Gwen, BS, MS, DVM Chapter 36: Management of Waterfowl Clinical Avian Medicine. Vol. 42 (2014)
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