After some research today I think my pet duck has "bumblefoot"....and it's not looking so good. I have an indoor pet duck, Gizmo - and yes, she is a member of the diaper-wearing club. She is about 1 yr 4 mos old and is a Cayuga. She has a huge sore on the bottom of her foot (at the base) and from the pictures i've found, it looks like it's bumble foot. I have no idea what to do to care for her. I live in WY and have no access to an avian vet. She seems to be remaining in good spirits, but she cannot put any pressure on her foot and limps around. I think she had this problem previously (last April) and it seemed to have gotten better for the summer, but now it is back with a vengeance. Last April I tried to take her to my local vet and they tried to give her shots (i'm assuming antibiotics of sorts) for a week, but that didn't seem to do anything. Around the same time I had to leave for a funeral and ended up boarding her with the vet for a week. When I got back, her foot seemed better and I just went with it. Any suggestions of what I can do?
When I'm at school during the day and at night I keep her in a pet-carrier with a towel and liner on top of the towel (the non-slip stuff you line cupboards with). When I'm home I put her in a diaper and she is on a mix of carpet and tile. I've also laid a few squishy kitchen mats out that she sometimes stands on. When I first took her to the vet last spring I was told that the sores on her feet looked like carpet burn and that I should try to keep her off carpet. The vet thought maybe she was too heavy and her weight pressed her into the carpet. She's only about 4-5 pounds and I'd had her for just under a year before she had any issues. So far it seems that the vet doesn't know what bumblefoot is, but she seems willing to try and help treat her. Is my best bet to just see what the vet can do (even though she doesn't really know how to treat birds) or does anyone else know of any other treatment options?