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Old 2nd June 2005   #1
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Does anyone know what strength solution is best for disinfecting wounds on salamanders? I have Hydrogen peroxide 9% solution on which it states to dilute with equal amounts of water for human use. It should probably be weaker for amphibians - anyone know how weak?



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Old 2nd June 2005   #2
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when i used it to clean out a septic wound on a frog i was using 1.5% as a flush recommended by my vet-i also used iodine, but that is real tricky since its toxic at low doses-what she had me do was put a drop into a cup of water and then take a drop from that mixture and apply it to another cup of water -that was the dilution she recommended to mix with my 1.5% peroxide



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Thank you for the advice folks - and the mini science lesson Mike! As the wound is not deep the bacteria will be aerobic and H202 probably won't be that effective. I wonder if it's worth updating the wounds article on caudata culture as that makes no mention of it's limitation? Is Betadine available from a Pharmacy or is that a trip to the vet?
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Btw, what kind of wounds are these? Do you know what caused them?



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The wound is a small ulcer on the tail. I have one salamander who repeatedly suffers from this type of infection whilst his co-inhabitants remain healthy. Maybe it's crickets having a nibble but it seems odd only one animal is affected. The animal continues to feed and shows no other signs of illness. Normally after a short period of quarantine the wound heals and all is well...until next time



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