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Respiratory Infection

Respiratory infections can occur in ducks for a variety of different reasons and can be bacterial, nutritional, toxic, fungal, viral, traumatic, or parasitic in origin. Respiratory disease can occur in the upper or lower respiratory system, in which each system has specific clinical signs associated with infection which can be ruled out through the use of various diagnostic techniques by your veterinarian.

Symptoms

Foamy or bubbly eye
Sitting hunched up
Tail-bobbing
Open-mouthed breathing
Difficulty breathing
Coughing
Bubbling and/or gurgling sounds
Stained or matted feathers around the nares
Sneezing
Audible breathing
Change in voice
Labored breathing
Weight loss
Depression
Wheezing
Head shaking
Stretching the neck
Exercise intolerance
Sinus swelling
Plugged nares

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Sinus flush
  • Cytology
  • Radiographs
  • Culture & sensitvity
  • Tracheal lavage
  • CBC

Support/Treatment

Brinsea Products Larger Brooder/Intensive Care Unit for Warming Newly Hatched Exotic Chicks or Sick and Injured Birds
Elanco 2252221 Tylan 200-250 cc
MethodMethod Summary
Supportive careIsolate the bird from the flock and place in a safe, comfortable, warm location (your own duck "intensive care unit") with easy access to water and food. Limit stress. Call your veterinarian.
Antibiotics
Nebulization therapy
Treatment of the primary cause

Prevention

References

Risk Factors

  • Ducks living in unsanitary environments
  • Poor ventilation
  • Large amounts of dust or mold