Do you have access to a herp vet?

do you have access to a herp-savvy veterinarian?

  • I have a herp vet nearby, no problem

    Votes: 31 25.6%
  • I have to cover some distance, but can get to one if necessary

    Votes: 17 14.0%
  • I might find one, if I spend a lot of time searching and travel a very long distance

    Votes: 31 25.6%
  • finding a herp vet in my area is pretty much hopeless

    Votes: 42 34.7%

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SludgeMunkey

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lol, noted :D

But you said it yourself: you live in a large city, surrounded by civilization. I tell ya, if you ever get to meet our average bush vet, you'd despair too. The only one within 500 miles works out of a tiny dilapidated shack with no running water, and he has neither the interest nor the expertise to research treatment on anything other than dogs. If I went to him with a newt problem, he'd say "Why don't you research it yourself and then tell me what you need". That's how it's done here - It's a third-world country.
That's how it is done here too. However, i bet we are closer to third world than ya'll up there.

Good news is, I have yet to need an actual prescription. On the two occasions I needed an injection of antibiotics for injured rescues, our vet had them in stock. I had to show him the proper injection sites, but it all worked out.
 

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As a vet student, I will say that the experience of our exotic vets here at school with amphibians is varied. The ones that have experience are knowledgeable with the anurans, but they have a tendency to want to treat caudates the same as the anurans. I know one of my professors was baffled by the concept of refrigerating an axolotl. However, the professor turned around on the subject of refrigeration once I explained how well it works, and I find most veterinarians are open to listening. Unfortunately not everyone, not even those who are in the zoological field and see a great deal of herps, knows a lot about caudates specifically. When I graduate in a few months I will do my best with anyone who might live near me ;)

PS I recently did a study on the effects of salt baths at different concentrations and durations on axolotls (essentially determining safety of different treatment recommendations) and when it is published I will post it on the forums!
 

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We had many vets in this area that saw exotics.

Then Dr Dave showed up. Dr Dave is an "exotics vet" with experience with caudates, reptiles and marsupials.

Awesome!

However, other vets started declining exotics on the grounds that Dr Dave would be a better resource. The result: it takes a long time to get an appointment with Dr Dave.

We recently had another experienced vet establish in the area which is great. Still, I miss being able to take my dog, beardie, and axolotls to the same place or on short notice.
 

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I guess I should count myself lucky that I have a herp vet an hour drive away. Not just one who knows a bit about them, rather one who assists the SPCA with rescue, rehab & rehoming species prohibited in BC (Caimans, Burmese Pythons, Reticulated Pythons, etc...). Meanwhile, his passion is amphibians (dendrobates), his andersoni & now the axolotl I gave him :happy:
 

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I've bringing a bearded dragon poo sample to the vet shorty, and I plan on asking if they have any experience with axolotls in case I ever have an emergency. :) -=78fggggggggnbbbbbb (my cat had that to say about vets)
 

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I had someone who called themselves an exotic vet one town over. I thought "how lucky is this!" but then she basically butchered my rat and now miraculously "no longer accepts exotic animals". But because of that I've found an amazing vet practice 40 minutes away who actually does see all animals, including fish, amphibians, and rare reptiles. They have 4 different vets that work there so if one of them isn't an expert, they have someone who is. Sad that my poor rat had to suffer because a vet didn't want to admit their limitations :mad:
 

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I always keep their number so that if I need something I can just give them a call. Last year my dog had ticks, instead of going to an animal clinic I just called the vet and ask him what product to use. He suggested the Advantage flea and tick control and the problem has been solved.
 
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    im going to keep tubbing her but i still have no clue what went wrong
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    her condition keeps getting better and worse its like a roller coaster. I changed the water and am still monitoring her but im not sure what else to do becuase she wont eat and i really dont want her to die.
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    Hi Nerdybirds - open a thread, that usually gets more views and also allows you to post pictures and give more background information: water parameters, age, etc.
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    My axolotl can you all take a look at that thread, I am freaked out about my axie
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    His gills seem kinda small, I don't think that's normal but I'm not a huge expert on axolotls
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    Yeah his gills is kinda small and it can be caused by nitrate level, I am taking care of it atm, I am worried about his weight, is he only overfed or are there any kinds of problems there ?
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    Well, again, I'm no expert. But I did just read axolotls are supposed to have a body about as wide as their head. The gills I'd say are the biggest problem, which could reduce oxygen intake, which could make a whole mess of problems.
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    Thanks for the help then, I will deal with his gills in no time
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    Any one have advice on feeding a tubbed axolotl?
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    mine hasent eaten in weeks and im not sure what to do
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  • LauraLobster:
    Hello, I am a new owner of a 3 month old axolotl, and although I have done a lot of research on axolotls, I can barely find any for babies. If anyone can help me with these questions, I would be super happy. How many hours do baby axolotls tend to sleep per day? How many times should I feed it and what would be considered too much (it's current diet is freeze-dried brine shrimp and blood worms, and I currently feed it around 3 bloodworms since they are not that big)? How many times a week should I change the water and how? I have a good filter and use Prime as my conditioner to remove the chlorine and other chemicals, but I still need to figure out how to deal with ammonia and such in the water. How do I clean it's waste (should I use a dropper to easily pick it up)? I need a better cooling system because currently I use ice packs on the side of the tank and I make sure to angle my ac so that it hits the tank.
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    I also leave the lid open during the day so that evaporation can cool down my tank. I want to buy a fan, but since winter is coming I won't have to buy one yet. Lastly, what water testers are effective and affordable for a broke student like myself? Please, if anyone has any advice I will love to hear it. I care for this creature too much at this point, but I have no one to help me with caring for it other than the internet :,)
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  • EmilyP:
    Hi LauraLobster I am a new owner of axolotls myself and have been getting advice from things like this, I feed mine twice a day on blackworms and brine shrimp blood worms are more of a treat food, a question on where you are keeping you axolotl are you keeping it in the main tank or in a tub also if in the tank did you cycle it first? and if not i suggest tubing it until the tank it cycled, mine are still tubed since I was given bad advice by the shop people about cycling my tank and am still in the process of cycling it. I use pipettes to clean up the mess of my axolotls. I use the API mater test kit for freshwater tanks I am also a student and had to look around to find it the cheapest I could.
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  • AnimeDan:
    Hi LauraLobster, like you I got my first ever Axolotl back in July. Iv found that he has enjoyed and eaten red wigglers well. They are a good source of protein and help provide the nutrients a young lotl needs to grow up big and strong. You will probably need to break it up into smaller pieces until they get bigger but they are what I have primarily fed my buddy since I got him. He’s actually so picky that he won’t even eat his pellets anymore and will hold out till he gets his favorite wormy.
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    Hi I would like to know how you treat nea
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    Hi I would like to know how you treat newt inflamtion I've got one and recently it's started to develop an inflammation on its throat can someone please tell me how you treat this I've also checked if he had something stuck but I didn't se anything
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    Anyone have any Notophthalmus viridescens for purchase to a loving home?
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    Hey, can anyone recommend a good fan/cooler in UK?
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  • Nycolebayne:
    I’ve got proven female axolotls available if anyone is interested.
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    Hey, does anyone know if shale is ok for long-toed salamanders?
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  • MVM1991:
    As long as its cleaned yeah! You can even make overhangs if you have enough pieces to make nice caves and platforms
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    Ok, thanks!
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