My new dweeb of a sister likes water. A LOT! She likes baths, the hose, the pool, water bowls, and now we’ve discovered that she likes Franklin’s pond. Yeah, Franklin our duck. Her pond. That’s filled with duck poop.
Macy was outside and watching Franklin in her pond. When Mom took Franklin out (Franklin’s still not walking), Macy went in. Now she smells like duck poop.
Every time I think there’s hope for her….
Anyway, Mom has being doing a lot of research on what could be wrong with Franklin seeing as funds for an avian vet are not available at this time and the niacin isn’t helping. It seems that poor little Franklin may have hardware poisoning (aka metal poisoning), more specifically, zinc poisoning. Unfortunately, the treatment for zinc poisoning is VERY expensive ($500-$1000). It involves injections, surgery, multiple day stay in the hospital, and antibiotics. The vet is due to be here on the 4th to see Macy and me. If Franklin is still not able to walk, we are going to ask the vet to do the humane thing. Of course, if she takes a turn for the worse before then, Mom will take her to the vet before then for the same.
If it were just a matter of Franklin being unable to walk because of a partial paralysis of some kind, Mom would make the necessary accommodations for Franklin to live a happy and comfortable life as an indoor duck. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Zinc poisoning is fatal unless treated at the first signs of illness. Franklin is already 2 weeks in. Mom feels horribly guilty for not realizing the possibility of metal poisoning AND for not being able to afford the proper care necessary.
Another option is for Mom to find a rescue that can get Franklin the care she needs. So she’s researching that now. That would obviously be the better way to go, even if it means Franklin moving away. If you have any information on a rescue that can do this, please let me know.
Please keep Franklin in your prayers ❤