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Geese - Sinusitis

 
Alison Thomas
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I have one goose who had an eye that was getting smaller and smaller and then her face swelled slightly above her beak, she went off her food, was resting a lot, so I took her to the vet. The vet said that it was sinusitis and gave us a medication that could be given orally by syringe. It made no difference and her eye got frothy so after 3 days we went back and the vet gave us an injectable antibiotic - enrofloxicine at 5%. We administered for 3 days and she got better but not fully recovered so the vet said to continue for another 2 days. She wasn't fully recovered by then but MUCH better so we thought that Mother Nature would do the rest of the healing. But her eye has frothed up again though this time she's still eating well and not sleeping any more than the others. We have been giving her the injections again for 3 days but it hadn't seemed to make any difference - she hadn't got worse but she hasn't improved either. So we discussed it again with the vet's assistant and she gave us a stronger formula at 10% but this time to go in the drinking water as well as the injections. That was 4 days ago. Still no better but no worse.

I love my geese immensely and I'm at a loss how to help further. Does anyone have any experience of this? Is there anything else I can do?
 
John Polk
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Sorry to hear about this.

It is possible that this could be

CHLAMYDIOSIS

Chlamydiosis is a general term which refers to infections caused by a bacterium of the genus Chlamydophila. In birds, the disease is caused by Chlamydophila psittaci and, although reported in geese, is very rare. It is however a disease of public health significance in that it is transmissible to other animals as well as to humans.

Symptoms. The disease has been reported to affect a wide range of organs with symptoms including mild respiratory difficulties, conjunctivitis, inflammation of the sinuses, rhinitis, diarrhoea and atrophy of the breast muscle.

Treatment. The antibiotics of choice to treat this disease are the tetracyclines. In some cases salmonellosis may be a complicating factor and it may be necessary to use a combination of antibiotics.


This quote is taken from this source: Goose Diseases
The page is certainly worth saving for anybody raising geese.

Another source of info can be found here:
http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatbirdblog/2009/09/02/bird-health-notes-bacterial-and-viral-sinus-infections-sinusitis/ (from Australia).

Hope that everything works out well for you (and of course, the goose).
 
Alison Thomas
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Glad to report that my goose has now fully recovered but it took a LONG time.

After reading your post John, I did some research on the tetracyclines and spoke to the Waterfowl Trust in the UK. Then I asked my vet if she could order some for us which she happily did. This we had to administer orally via a syringe for a full month before her eyes stopped being gunky. She'd lost a lot of weight too. However, with lots of TLC and special food treats throughout July I'm happy to report that she has now gained back her weight, her beak is now normal colour and she looks just like the others in the flock.

One other goose seemed to be showing early signs so we gave her the tetracycline for 3 days which knocked the infection on the head.

One of our Muscovies also got it so she needed the medication soaked into bread every day. That took two weeks to clear.

No signs in the Indian Runners, the Pekins or the chickens thank goodness.

So, a happy ending.
 
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I think ducks and geese are so cool, glad to hear your lil quacker is better!!
 
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