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Indian runner duck - suddenly lethargic. brought indoors,

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Indian runner duck - suddenly lethargic. brought indoors, lies totally flat and has floppy neck not distressed just seems semi concious
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your duck. Ducks are particularly susceptible to certain toxins and his symptoms - particulary his floppy neck - suggest botulism toxin ("limberneck"). Affected ducks usually die in a coma within 24-48 hours. We rarely attempt to treat these ducks due to the grave prognosis upon presentation.

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