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Old 31st October 2011   #1
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Hello, i'm new here, i rescued my axie Darnell from someone yesterday, he was in a real bad state, like a balloon with arms and legs, i took him to the vets 1st thing this morning and she said he has kidney failure and the swelling is a fluid build up, after draining and testing 100ml from him he is still pretty bloated but the vet didn't want to risk draining any more, i just wondered if any one on here has any ideas of anything else i can do to get the fluid out?
1st pic is before the drain, 2nd pic is after
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Old 31st October 2011   #2
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This is an article, be it general that may help :-
Caudata Culture Articles: Bloat
It is reassuring to see you that you have already taken the axolotl to the vet, have they suggested what they may try next?



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Old 31st October 2011   #3
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no apart from taking him back there if he gets to big again, i'm going to my local aquatics specialist pet shop tomorrow to see if they can recommend anything else :)



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i'm a bit more worried bout Darnell today, he hasn't pooped since he was at the vets yesterday, n he isn't moving or doing anything apart from moving his head a little bit n twitching his gills, he also seems to be a bit less pink then he was when i got him on Sunday, but i don't know if he was that pink because of being so swollen and stressed, i hope he is going to be OK i'm going to see if he will eat later



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My axolotl go through spells of not moving much . Your leucistic axolotl should look more white than pink, when they look pink its could mean a number of things, like they have been very active or they are reacting to something like ammonia in the water. If he is looking white I suspect he is just more relaxed. What colour are his gills at the moment?
I wouldn't worry about him not pooping. What are you feeding him at the moment and what temperature is his water?



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hes eating frozen bloodworm at the mo, hes woke up a bit since and had a little walk around, i saw him yawn :) his gills are pink, they were really bright yesterday but have lightened up today. thank you for reassuring me. i will be taking some photo's of him to the aquatic shop later on today to see if they can help, i haven't got a thermometer yet but will pick one up while im out this afternoon, ive kept the heating off in the room he is in tho so the water should be ok



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Please don't add anything to the tank till you have checked here its ok. Some medications sold are not recommended for axolotl. Do a search using the link towards the top of the page in the green bar.



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don't worry i will not be adding anything until i know its 100% safe, i have read about things going wrong with meds from shops. Darnell is looking a bit better now and was awake for quite a while earlier. but still very bloated i took a pic of him from the top so you can have a better idea of how big he is. Thanks for all your help :)
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Aw the poor little guy!
Well done for saving him and trying to get him back to being healthy.

I really hope he gets better soon.



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Old 2nd November 2011   #10
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i feel really bad for him, i don't know what to do hes struggling to swim about and cant seem to control his back end. keeps toppling from side to side kind of thing. i know he's not cure-able and i will just have to keep getting him drained at the vets, he seems to have swollen again though almost instantly. i don't want him to suffer :'(

As much as i love him, im considering taking him to the vets to go to axie heaven. its horrible to see him like this knowing i cant do anything for him...



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Oh dear . I think if he was mine, and he had swollen up again I would let him go to the happy axolotl heaven. He was very lucky he came to you as you tried to get him help.



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Old 3rd November 2011   #12
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ive had a second opinion on Darnell after a slight improvement, ive been told the fluid could be because of nutritional deficiencies, he has only ever been fed on bloodworms, i was told to try him with some mussels so i got a bag and im going to try him tomorrow, also going to see if the vet will drain him some more so he can get about a bit easier. he seems to be slowly getting better :)



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Just wanted to add another voice of support :) Folks like you restore my faith in people. He's lucky to have you and if nothing else you know you're doing your very best to help him x



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I agree with sillymoogle7 . Could you let us know where your vet is as I am sure others may be interested to know .



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yes the place i took him for treatment is
ak duncan vets, 79 Bridgnorth Road Wollaston, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 3PZ
01384 393 318

I've also got a phone number for a herp vet, not sure where they are but its
Taylor & Marshall 01952 460 781

ill be sure to let you all know how Darnell gets on over the next few weeks and thank you for all your support :)



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Hello again, i just thought i would give you a little update and some photo's of Darnell since he's been to the vets again. he is so much better :) apart from looking really shriveled and wrinkly (like he's been soaking in a bath for too long lol i am really pleased with him and the vet did a great job. i think i am safe to say Darnell will make a full recovery see pics below
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Great news! That is one lucky axolotl to have such a caring owner :)



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He looks so much better than before!the difference is amazing!



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i know brilliant isn't it, i really am over the moon :)



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He looks wonderful now! Don't let him swallow any of those stones though. :)



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