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Diagnostic Chart

Below are some common symptoms seen among sick or injured waterfowl. To the right of each symptom is a list of limited possible causes that are in no way conclusive.

Most conditions have multiple symptoms, so check each of the symptoms you are seeing in your pet to better narrow down a possible diagnosis.

All animals react to illnesses differently and may exhibit differing symptoms in varying degrees or sometimes none at all.

This information is NOT intended to replace quality vet care. It is here to help alert you to the possible severity of your pet's situation and to help you discuss alternatives and testing with your vet.

Always seek out quality vet care as soon as possible if you are seeing any of these symptoms in your pet duck or goose.

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Symptom Possible Diagnosis
   
Lethargy / Weakness Stress, Capillary worms, Cecal worms, Gizzard worms, Fluke, Trichomonas, Osteomyelitis, Hardware disease, Lead poisoning, Zinc poisoning, Zinc Poisoning II, Aspergillus, Aspergillus II, Chronic Respiratory Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Blocked/Slow crop, Cancer, Duck Virus Enteritis, Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II, Renal Disease, Maggots, Bacterial infection, Heart Disease
   
Nausea / Vomiting Stress, Fever, Osteomyelitis, Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II, Bacterial infection
   
Drooling Blocked/Slow crop
   
Listlessness Stress, Cancer, New Castle Disease
   
Respiratory difficulty Aspergillus, Aspergillus II, Chronic Respiratory Disease, Cancer, Heat stroke, Heart Disease
   
Raspy breathing Pneumonia, Aspergillus, Aspergillus II, Chronic Respiratory Disease
   
Hot bill and/or feet Fever, Pneumonia
   
Drooping wings Pneumonia, Aspergillus, Aspergillus II, Lead poisoning, Zinc poisoning, Zinc Poisoning II, Cancer, Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II
   
Loss of appetite

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Stress, Gizzard worms, Tapeworms, Osteomyelitis, Hardware disease, Lead poisoning, Zinc poisoning, Zinc Poisoning II, Chronic Respiratory Disease, Cancer, Avian flu, Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II, Renal Disease, Duck Virus Enteritis, Bacterial infection, Intubation/Surgical Irritation
   
Weight loss Food shortage, Stress, Capillary worms, Gizzard worms, Fluke, Tapeworms, Coccidia, Coccidia II, E. coli, Lead poisoning, Zinc poisoning, Zinc Poisoning II, Blocked/Slow crop, Cancer, New Castle Disease, Renal Disease, Bacterial infection, Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II
   
Rapid Weight Gain Tumor, Cancer, Infection, Peritonitis, Peritonitis II
   
General Disinterest Stress, Cancer, Infection, Bacterial infection
   
Depression Stress, Osteomyelitis, Cancer, Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II
   
Behavioral changes Stress, Osteomyelitis, Cancer, Infection, Testosterone overload, Bacterial infection, Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II
   
Reduced egg production Stress, Cecal worms, Cancer, Infection, Peritonitis, Peritonitis II
   
Dehydration Clean water shortage, Fluke, Fever, Pneumonia, Heat exhaustion, Zinc poisoning, Zinc Poisoning II, Lead poisoning, Renal Disease
   
Excessive drinking Dehydration, Heat exhaustion, Zinc poisoning, Zinc Poisoning II, Lead poisoning, Renal Disease, Testosterone overload
   
Chronic coughing Capillary worms, Gape worms, Pneumonia, Aspergillus, Aspergillus II
   
Nasal discharge Chronic Respiratory Disease, Avian flu
   
Bloody nasal discharge Duck Virus Enteritis
   
Blood at base of feathers           (esp. on bird's neck/back) Mites
   
Eye discharge Sticky eye, Infection, Impact trauma, New Castle Disease, Avian flu, Extreme dehydration
   
Eye bubbles Impact trauma, Sinusitus
   
Irritation around eyes or bill Poison consumption, Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II, Mites
   
Missing feathers around eyes/bill Dehydration, Mites, Fungal/Bacterial infection
   
Cloudy eyes Cataracts, Cataracts II, Cataracts III, Extreme dehydration
   
Diarrhea Stress, Fever, Fluke, Tapeworms, Trichomonas, New Castle Disease, Avian flu, Poison consumption, Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II, Lead poisoning, Zinc poisoning, Zinc Poisoning II, Renal Disease, Duck Virus Enteritis, Bacterial infection
   
Bloody diarrhea Capillary worms, Coccidia, Coccidia II, Duck Virus Enteritis
   
Yellow droppings Peritonitis, Peritonitis II
   
Bright green droppings
(not to be confused with pine green droppings, which can be brought on by healthy dietary greens)
Hardware disease, Lead poisoning
   
Greenish/yellow droppings Duck Virus Enteritis
   
Black tar-like droppings Renal disease
   
Vent discharge Infection, Egg binding, Egg Binding II, Tumor, Cancer
   
Vent inflammation Egg binding, Egg Binding II, Oviduct prolapse, Oviduct prolapse II, Penis prolapse, Penis prolapse II, Infection, Irritation, Tumor, Cancer, Testosterone overload
   
Ruffled feathers Extreme Stress, Fever, Pneumonia, Peritonitis, Peritonitis II, Chronic Respiratory Disease, Cancer, Duck Virus Enteritis
   
Feather loss Molting, Advanced Staph infection, Necrotic tissue, Fighting, Over-mating
   
Damaged feathers Lice, Mites, Blocked oil gland, Oil Gland Infection, Over-mating of hens, Fighting, Chronic wet feather, Shortage of clean bathing water, Chronic Pain
   
Feathers growing incorrectly Angel Wing, Follicular cyst, Wry Tail
   
Lameness Malnutrition, Systemic infection, Extreme Stress, Obturator paralysis, Osteomyelitis, Bumblefoot, Bumblefoot II, Sprain, Broken bone, Arthritis, Staph infection, Osteosarcoma, Hardware disease
   
Limping Systemic infection, Osteomyelitis, Bumblefoot, Bumblefoot II, Sprain, Broken bone, Arthritis, Staph infection, Osteosarcoma
   
Walking stiffly Egg binding, Egg Binding II, Peritonitis, Peritonitis II, Arthritis
   
"Rubber" Legs (instability) Dehydration, Zinc poisoning, Zinc Poisoning II, Renal Disease, Heart Disease
   
Swelling, eyes Infection, Impact trauma, Swollen Tear Duct
   
Swelling, legs Systemic infection, Sprain, Broken bone, Osteomyelitis, Staph infection, Osteosarcoma
   
Swelling, wings Follicular cyst, Sprain, Broken bone
   
Swelling, body Bruise, Sprain, Broken bone, Abcess, Cyst, Follicular cyst, Tumor, Liver/Kidney disease, Cancer, Peritonitis, Peritonitis II
   
Swelling, head Impact trauma, Neurological issues, Seizures, New Castle Disease
   
Swelling, foot pads Bumblefoot, Bumblefoot II, Staph infection
   
Swollen gullet (crop) Blocked/Slow crop
   
Swollen Oil Gland Blocked oil gland, Oil Gland Infection
   
Bad breath Sour crop
   
Uneven buoyancy Air sac injury
   
Scratching excessively Lice, Mites
   
Black skin Frostbite
   
Black callous, foot pads Bumblefoot, Bumblefoot II
   
Muscle spasms (goslings/ducklings) Duck Virus Hepatitis
   
Seizures Hardware disease, Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II Exposure to toxins, Head/Spinal trauma, Lead poisoning, Zinc poisoning, Zinc Poisoning II, Neurological issues, New Castle Disease, Hypothermia, Renal Disease
   
Shaking & twisting head/neck Gape worms, New Castle Disease
   
Swimming in endless circles Neurological issues, Avian flu
   
Lying on back, feet paddling Neurological issues, New Castle Disease
   
Excessive gulping/swallowing Trichomonas, Gape worms
   
Blindness Cataracts, Cataracts II, Avian flu, Extreme dehydration
   
Leg paralysis Obturator paralysis, Renal Disease
   
Leg & wing paralysis Botulism
   
Neck paralysis (limberneck) Botulism, E. coli, Avian flu, Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II
   
Anemia Capillary worms, Zinc poisoning, Zinc Poisoning II
   
Pneumonia Capillary worms
   
Hemorrhaging Cecal worms, Fluke
   
Fever Fluke, Osteomyelitis, Aspergillus, Aspergillus II, Cancer
   
Abscess Osteomyelitis
   
Open bill panting (excessive) Heat stroke, Egg binding, Egg Binding II, Salpingitis, Metritis, Peritonitis, Peritonitis II
   
Excessive tail pumping           (during egg-laying) Egg binding, Egg Binding II, Salpingitis, Metritis, Peritonitis, Peritonitis II
   
Excessive tail pumping    (respiratory distress) Aspergillus, Aspergillus II, Chronic Respiratory Disease, Cancer, Heat stroke
   
Shivering Hypothermia, Poison consumption, Exposure to cold, Damaged feathers (in-effective feather insulation)
   
Immune Deficiency Aflatoxin exposure, old age
   
Hyperventilation Poison consumption, Poison Consumption II

Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee in connection with any guidance provided on this website. Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility for loss or damage resulting from its use or for the violation of any federal, state or municipal law or regulation with which such guidance may conflict. Any guidance is general in nature. In addition, the assistance of a qualified professional should be enlisted to address any specific circumstances.


 

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