Duck with Broken Leg: Case Study #1

“Quackers” is a Muscovy duck. He was brought to us after his owner noticed him limping on his left leg for a week. Radiographs showed a closed fracture of the leg with some early¬†callous formation due to his attempts to walk on his broken leg.
duck leg xray

We performed orthopedic surgery on “Quackers”, removing the excess bone and placing several pins to keep the bone properly aligned during the healing process. The surgery took approximately two hours, and “Quackers” recovered well. He was given antibiotics to prevent infection and analgesics to prevent pain. His owner was instructed to perform gentle physical therapy at home and “Quackers” returned to us for twice-weekly more intense physical therapy sessions under anesthesia to help improve and preserve the leg’s function and range of motion.
duck leg xray

After two months of recuperation and therapy, the pins were removed and “Quackers” was given a clean bill of health, ready to return to his flock. Here he is with a couple of his “girlfriends” (he is the one standing in the back), fully recovered and ruling the roost. We are very proud of “Quackers” and his owner for committing to the treatment plan necessary to ensure a good outcome.
duck postsurgery

CASE UPDATE 10/30/13:
We have just received a message from “Quackers’ ” owner that he is the proud papa of ten adorable ducklings, hatched 10/24/13. Congratulations!

ducklings

2 thoughts on “Duck with Broken Leg: Case Study #1

  1. Just wanted to thank all of you (Owner and Vet) for taking such good care of Quackers. As a duck owner myself it makes me feel good to know that others out there care so much for their ducks. I had a duck named Daisy that Jose took excellent care of and brought her back from a horrible injury. Daisy passed away a few years ago at the age of 12 and I miss her a lot. Jose is the best!

  2. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! WE LOVE HAVING QUACKERS BACK WITH SO MUCH BETTER MOBILITY. HE SHOULD HAVE LOTS OF “CHILDREN” COME NOVEMBER. HE’S BEEN A BUSY BOY.