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Old 23rd June 2015   #1
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Hello everyone! I am a bit unsure of what is happening to my axolotl. He hasn't been sick in 3 years and all of a sudden I find him with a very swollen cloaca.

A couple days ago, I saw that he had thrown up his worm and was sitting strangely by the water filter and he was skinny because he had thrown up the worm. He didn't want to eat so I moved him to the fridge just in case he was sick.

The next day I went to clean his tupperware and noticed his cloaca had swelled up. I thought he might have just been constipated because I moved him to the fridge, but 2 more days and it's still the same and even grew larger. He looks very stressed as you can tell by his curled tail.

I've been reading up some articles on here about a prolapsed cloaca.

I'm asking what you guys have experienced, if you guys think it's something that'll go away on its own?

Any help is appreciated, thanks!


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Old 23rd June 2015   #2
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Had he always had those prominent red veins? That usually points towards poor water quality, but it may be because of the cold fridge.

It's difficult to tell from the pictures, but it could be a blockage or a prolapse. I'd take him to a vet for confirmation.



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Had he always had those prominent red veins? That usually points towards poor water quality, but it may be because of the cold fridge.

It's difficult to tell from the pictures, but it could be a blockage or a prolapse. I'd take him to a vet for confirmation.
Thank you very much for your response!

He normally does not have these red veins, especially not when he's in the fridge. I think because he's stressing so much, he's showing these veins.

I didn't notice the swollen cloaca until the next day after I had put him in the fridge. I feel like he might be trying to pass something and it's just stuck, but it also worries me that it's been 2 days already and there's no poop (and it looks bigger).

I really hope he'll heal on his own because I doubt in Minnesota, there's vets that might be experienced with axolotls. Do you think it is worth it to go see a vet for this? (I might go see one anyways if I find one).

Thank you again!



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I think it may be constipated.



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