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The tip of my newt's tail is white and deformed :(

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Unhappy The tip of my newt's tail is white and deformed :(

Poor Doggy the newt's tail has become deformed and is getting worse very quickly! I'm not sure if he has been injured or if it is a fungus. I've never before had to give a salt bath to an amphibian (chalking that up to great luck thus far), but I'd hate to give him a salt bath if it is not a fungus.

What should I do to help Doggy? I'm really worried about him and want to help him ASAP!
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Default Re: The tip of my newt's tail is white and deformed :(

Hi, welcome to the site. :)
That looks like it could have been an injury that's turned into a fungal or bacterial problem. Your best bet would be to take him to a vet with experience treating amphibians, if that's not an option you could try salt baths. Here are a couple of articles that might help

Caudata Culture Articles - Salt Solutions in Treating Salamanders

Caudata Culture Articles - Sores

and a good salt bath tutorial;

Salt bath Picture Tutorial

I have heard of people using fish medication, but I don't have enough experience with those to say weather they're safe or not.



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Default Re: The tip of my newt's tail is white and deformed :(

Thank you so much for your reply! I found a few vets in the area that may be able to help me as I didn't know if a salt bath would be necisary. I fear a salt bath could do more harm than good if it wasn't necisary. Do you think I should go ahead with the salt bath to give him more immediate attention?? Do you think putting him in the fridge overnight would do him good until I can get him to the vet??
Sorry I'm bombarding you with questions, but that you for the help thus far! (:



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I posted another photo from a different angle. Any more help would be appreciated! <3 I'm going to do a water change with colder water in hopes that it'll help him. I also just called a vet that advised me not to give him a salt bath. but I'm having a hard time find a vet that help with newts in my area.
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That vet doesn't know his newts then. A salt bath is the ideal treatment. I've had success with this method more than once.



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