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Sick emu

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Sick emu

Postby karent2857 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:54 pm

First timer on this board but need some help. Have an emu female who is in a bad way. She has lost some feathering, and also cant walk. This has been ongoing for about 3 weeks now. She seems to try to get up then falls backwards and now she just kind of scoots on her knees. I am feeding her by hand and watering her also by hand. She wont eat on her own. From what I have read on here it looks to me as if she could have equine encephalitis?? Is there any treatment for her or am I just prolonging her death by feeding her??
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Re: Sick emu

Postby pat » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:21 pm

it is very hard to say what is wrong with her.

have you been treating her for menagerie worm?

I had a couple emus that had that. they start out with symptoms similar to what your female has.

its not sounding good if she is staggering icon-sad

all I can suggest at this point is ivomec injection. you could also try some antibiotics and something to keep her from being dehyraded. you should be able to find this at the farm store.

I don't think you should give up just yet.

I could be wrong also. but, the mengerie worm is pretty common in emus icon-sad
mostly in fall weather. they should be treated with ivomec for prevention.
but, you might be too late, if that is what it is.

there are other emu owners here, hopefully, they can offer you their opinion.

I really hope she makes it.

can you find a vet that will treat emu's? I know they are hard to find. icon-sad
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Re: Sick emu

Postby karent2857 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:08 pm

I did the ivomec. But wasn't sure how often to give that, have also given her an injection of LA 200. Gave her an anti inflammatory today and am hoping and hoping for an improvement tommorrow, I am one that doesn't give up on these animals. Which is a downfall of mine I guess?? I worry to that Im keeping her alive and prolonging her suffering. Im handfeeding her twice a day about 2 lbs of ratite diet pellet that I bought from our local feed store.And trying to fill her full as much as I can get her to take of pedialyte. She seems to have gained a little strength and am really hoping tommorrow is a better day. I also wanted to let everyone know that I didnt intentionally bring an emu home without reading up on these animals, she was a drop off here. But I have had her since the beginning of last spring and I fell in love with her. What a joy I found her to be and really miss are everyday game of tag that we played when I would go up to feed the other animals. Needless to say whether she lives or dies there will be another pair of emus join us this spring!! This farm won't be the same without these glorious birds.
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Re: Sick emu

Postby pat » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:39 pm

sounds like you did just about everything you can do, that I personally know of.

you might want to try giving her some fruit, and less of the feed for now.
also, make sure the feed is good. don't know how you would know, I guess.

long time ago, I had rheas, I bought some ratite feed from a local feed store.
the feed killed them all icon_confused.gif I would venture to say, it was the feed,
because, my pigs wouldn't even eat it that feed..

I guess, the possibility of buying ratite feed, we really don't know
how old the feed is, because there are not many people that own ratites. icon_confused.gif

I use to feed my emus and rheas turkey grower, which is similar to the ratite feed.
this seems like I got fresher feed, because it was a popular feed, more so than ratite feed.

glad you are not giving up on your emu. give her a little time, maybe she can pull through.

yes, they do make nice pets.
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Re: Sick emu

Postby karent2857 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:46 pm

I am so bad about trying to save these animals that I actually took her up a big thick blanket and covered her with it. I cant sleep knowing she might be cold.Im in Pa as I see you are as well and we both know how darn cold it has been here. I have been doing a ton of reading and have seen that a shot of ivomec followed with banamine and also fenbendazole might help her?? She did actually make that bellow noise at me today but Im sure shes just tired of me pulling her beak open.
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Re: Sick emu

Postby pat » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:15 am

I know exactly how you feel. I am the same way with my animals.
I can't sleep or relax at night if any of my animals are in distress.

I had a llama, that was really bad. she couldn't even pick her head up.
I had to prop her up with bales of straw. I worked with her everyday.
even rubbed her legs, moved them to keep them from cramping up.
it took over 4 weeks of this, but, it paid off.

I forgot about the banamine. I think we did use this also.

I havent had emus for awhile.
I want to get some, but, just couldn't find any, and don't have the time right now icon-sad

really hope your emu pulls through. keep me updated on her progress
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Re: Sick emu

Postby karent2857 » Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:29 pm

Just wanted to post a follow up. Mu Mu ,as I call her, is still with us!! Gave her an injection of ivomec also gave her a fenbendazole dose through mouth and followed that with some banamine. She got really bad the evening following the ivomec injection and I figured I would lose her but low and behold shes still hanging in there. Seems alot stronger today,trying so hard to get up. Which Im worried if she had the worm did it cause enough damage that she will never walk again??She can move her legs so I guess thats a good sign?? It seems she has zero balance. I also noticed today she has some swelling in her right foot. So going to keep an eye on that for any further problems. I wish I had the magic emu book full of cures to help this girl.Who would have thought someone could have fallen for an emu this way?? I think after this I may seek professional help LOL!!
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Re: Sick emu

Postby pat » Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:18 am

at least she is improving. glad to hear that.

honestly, not sure how much damage was done icon-sad .
if that is what she has. but, it sure sounds like it.

if it is caught very early, I think, there is a possibility she could improve.

I hope so.

thanks for the update.
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Re: Sick emu

Postby pat » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:38 am

karent2857,

how is your emu doing?
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Re: Sick emu

Postby karent2857 » Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:12 am

Hello Pat, Sorry to not have posted but sadly she passed away two days after my last post. However she left me with an armful of knowlege if I ever choose to get another. Just wish I had found this message board prior to her getting sick. Thank you Pat for your help. it was much appreciated. Karen
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Re: Sick emu

Postby pat » Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:19 pm

karen,

I am so very sorry to hear that. icon-sad

in all honesty, I didn't think she would make it.
but, it never hurts to try.

I know you did everything you could to save her.

are you going to get more emus?
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Re: Sick emu

Postby karent2857 » Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:46 pm

I kind of knew she wasn't going to make it either Pat. But I never let anything pass away without giving it everything I have first.
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Re: Sick emu

Postby pat » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:09 am

I know what you mean, at least you know you did everything you could to save her.

I am the same way.

let us know, if you get more emus.

hope you stay on the board..
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Re: Sick emu

Postby BB » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:43 pm

I'm sorry to hear... :cry:
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Re: Sick emu

Postby Michele3977 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:10 am

pat wrote:I know what you mean, at least you know you did everything you could to save her.

I am the same way.

let us know, if you get more emus.

hope you stay on the board..



I live in Australia and bought 2 baby emus 2 months ago. I was told to feed then chick starter (chicken crumble pellets) and a mixture of lucerne that was powdered. Alkira (Aboriginal for Sky) and Hidayo (Japanese for splendid man) are thriving.

I am so happy to have found this site and read about ivomec :)

Can anyone help me, how do I post a pic on here?

Thanks everyone.

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