The longest running Amphibian Community on the Internet.

Tags Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Caudata.org Store Donate


Fridging after attack - slow healing arm

This is a discussion on Fridging after attack - slow healing arm within the Sick Axolotl? forums, part of the Axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) category; Hi all, Thanks to this wonderful forum, I have been successfully treating one of my axolotls (Shadow - an original ...

Sick Axolotl? Axolotl looking down in the gills? The doctors are in.

Reply

 

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 1st April 2009   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 28
Posts: 9
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Wolfpretzel has started on the right path
Default Fridging after attack - slow healing arm

Hi all,

Thanks to this wonderful forum, I have been successfully treating one of my axolotls (Shadow - an original name for a melanoid) after he was attacked by my other axie Pery (a golden albino). He has been in the fridge for a week after being chomped in a few places (end of tail and 2 gill 'fronds' bitten off, one arm savaged and most likely broken, other arm & legs bitten with toes missing / skinned).

These injuries were a result of 2 seperate attacks a week apart (the tail, 'fronds' and smaller nicks being the first). After the first attack I was treating the tank using API's Pimafix and he was eating normally. Just under a week later Pery attacked again and so I decided it was fridging time.

Shadow hasn't eaten since I put him in the fridge - which I know is normal so it doesn't bother me. He has been healing well apart from the savaged right arm and I am wondering if it will be necessary to amputate. It seems to have deteriorated over the week in the fridge instead of healing. Last night I left a bit of bloodworm in his container (probably a little too much) and it seems to have aggrevated the injury with a possible bacterial / fungal growth.

Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks,

WP

(Here are some pictures of the intial injuries and current state in the fridging container - the last being the current state of the savaged arm with the possible infection)

Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.
Wolfpretzel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st April 2009   #2 (permalink)
Moderator
 
Kaysie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 14,465
Gallery Images: 45
Comments: 62
Rep: Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11
Default Re: Fridging after attack - slow healing arm

That does look pretty bad. I would consult a vet about possible amputation. The tissue of the arm is necrotic, and it's close to the body (versus just being at the fingertips).
Kaysie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st April 2009   #3 (permalink)
Moderator
 
Jacquie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 39
Posts: 1,836
Gallery Images: 9
Comments: 12
Rep: Jacquie goes to 11Jacquie goes to 11Jacquie goes to 11Jacquie goes to 11Jacquie goes to 11Jacquie goes to 11Jacquie goes to 11Jacquie goes to 11Jacquie goes to 11Jacquie goes to 11Jacquie goes to 11
Default Re: Fridging after attack - slow healing arm

Hi Wolf,

I agree with Kaysie.

Rayson has compiled a list of Herp Vets who may be of some assistance to you in amputating your axolotl's leg: http://www.caudata.org/axolotl-sanctuary/vets.shtml
__________________
"I shall deal with the matter momentarily" - Havelock Vetinari

Useful links: Forum Rules | Axolotl Caresheets | Axolotl Sanctuary | Axolotl FAQ| Water Quality FAQ | Caudata Culture Articles
Jacquie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd April 2009   #4 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 28
Posts: 9
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Wolfpretzel has started on the right path
Default Re: Fridging after attack - slow healing arm

Yeah, thanks for pointing that out guys. The arm is looking a little worse today but he is happier than ever in the fridge and the funny thing is that although the arm looks worse, he is moving it whereas before he held it close to his body as if it were broken.

He also has finally eaten some tasty earthworms so that's good to see. I'll be making a few calls to the vets closest to me tomorrow.

Thanks,

Chris
Wolfpretzel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th April 2009   #5 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 28
Posts: 9
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Wolfpretzel has started on the right path
Default Re: Fridging after attack - slow healing arm

Hey guys,

Just posting an update. Shadow has had his necrotic arm amputated and is doing well so far. I will post a photo in the next few days to show progress. As usual, he doesn't seem at all bothered that he has just had his arm lopped off - I'm sure that I would definitely make more of a fuss. :-P

Thanks for the input - I love this forum!

Chris
Wolfpretzel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th April 2009   #6 (permalink)
Moderator
 
Kaysie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 14,465
Gallery Images: 45
Comments: 62
Rep: Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11Kaysie goes to 11
Default Re: Fridging after attack - slow healing arm

Glad to hear it. Watching the arm regenerate is pretty cool. You might not be so upset if your arm grew back like your axolotl's.
Kaysie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th April 2009   #7 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 28
Posts: 9
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Wolfpretzel has started on the right path
Default Re: Fridging after attack - slow healing arm

Just another update to any that are interested - Shadow is doing well and is happily resting and eating in the fridge. His arm / stump is looking healthy and is almost closed over. In addition, he is also wiggling his stump when he moves so that's a good sign.

This picture was taken today - 6 days after the amputation.

Click the image to open in full size.

This forum rocks!

-Chris
Wolfpretzel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th April 2009   #8 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 72
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: doktordoris is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Fridging after attack - slow healing arm

I know it's probably not very pleasant for your pet, but I do envy you!

I'd love to watch a limb regrow-fascinating stuff.
doktordoris is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
arm, attack, fridging, healing, slow

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads

Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Axolotl healing! Vidofner Axolotl Gallery 7 29th April 2009 12:35
When do I slow down the feeding Plonk Axolotl General Discussion 9 3rd April 2008 13:03
Help! Going out of town--Slow-release feeder? dirka Axolotl General Discussion 5 12th December 2007 18:28
The upside to a slow day of trout fishing... rust Photo & Video Gallery 5 17th August 2007 17:51
Healing? tonyperron Newt and Salamander Help 2 28th July 2005 22:42


All times are GMT. The time now is 11:01.