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Old 20th February 2005   #1
danielle
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I posted a few days back about a juvenile newt that had an injured foot and wasn't eating. Since then his condition hasn't improved at all. The bottom portion of his leg (toes/ankle) is pretty much gone. You can now see bone. He's only eaten half of a wax worm, produced three large wastes, and shed his skin twice since purchase. I put peroxide on his leg once a day and let him sit in a Maracyn2 bath each night (for the last two nights). Obviously the wound is infected but my mother won't let me amputate and meds don't seem to be working. You can see just about every bone in his body and it's quite disturbing. Lately he's had more energy than before though...I'm not sure if that's a sign of improvement or soon to be death. All help is appreciated!



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Old 21st February 2005   #2
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I had a newt that was that skinny. I got it from a crappy pet store. It took a long while before I saw any improvement in weight. Just keep feeding and it will eventually gain weight. As for the wound, you could put some neosporin on it, make sure it is the neosporin without the painkiller. Good luck.

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Old 21st February 2005   #3
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I would also recommend putting him in a more land setup. Make the water lower, about an inch or 2. If you can stop the infection, it's leg will grow back. I wouldnt amputate though simply because the newt is deathly skinny and that might cause enough stress to kill the poor thing.

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Old 21st February 2005   #4
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I tried putting neosporin on a couple times but the newt always curls his tail around by his leg so I have trouble getting to it and starts squirming. He still isn't interested in any food, even earthworms. Thanks though!



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Old 22nd February 2005   #5
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Hrm, well I just found him dead. I inspected his wound and it was far worse than I thought. I'll know for next time to take back the injured ones instead of trying to save it.



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Old 22nd February 2005   #6
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Sry to here about your loss. You should still try to save the injured ones you might get. You can give them a much better home than any petstore. I bet he was happier with you than with the petstore. At least you tried to help him, they would have just let it die.



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