Broken Arm?

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Broken Arm?

Postby Cstrickland22 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:03 pm

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Hi first post here i got a 3 month old female citrus Italian leatherback at a reptile show about 2 weeks ago and since then shes hurt her arm somehow she can move it at the shoulder but doesn't really bend it at the elbow. Just wanted to see if there's anyone out there whose maybe had the same problem that has any advice on any ways to help her. She gets crickets and salad daily and recently just started her on some bearded dragon food by zoo med. Her temperatures are good and she has UVB lighting. i did a lot of research before i got mine and i work at a pet store so anything i need is easily available. If theres anyone out there with advice it would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby TheJadeReptile » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:42 pm

I'm new and I don't have experience with reptile broken bones. But I know how to look for broken bones. A couple of questions.

Is it swollen in any way?
Have you tried bending it?
Have you felt of it?
Are there any sharp edges poking out that you can see or feel?

About what height are some of her items that she can crawl on?
0.2 Cornsnakes, 0.2 Bearded Dragons, 0.0.1 Water Dragon, 1.0 Hamsters, 0.7 Mice, 0.5 Rats, 1.0 Rabbit, 1.1 Horse, 2.2 Dogs, 1.1 Cat, 3.18 Chickens, 1.0 Ducks, and 3 Fish Tanks....Is that it?
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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby Cstrickland22 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:56 pm

It looked a little swollen at first but its gone away
i have and it bends ok
i have felt it and no sharp edges
theres a branch and hammock she possibly could of jumped off but ive seen her do it in the past with no problems and i have another one who does all the time and hes fine
the height at max is 6 or 7 in and thats from the hammock

i plan on taking her to a vet soon but theres only 2 in my area and i have a friend that has a half paralyzed baby that was attacked by a much larger dragon and all the vets told him was to "just watch her"
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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby TheJadeReptile » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:05 am

That's good. She probably just sprained it or bent it the wrong way.
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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby Cstrickland22 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:32 pm

Good to hear thanks for the info
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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby Cstrickland22 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:42 pm

Got her out to feed her tonight and shes walking on the back sides of her hands on her front 2 feet i would post a pic but i dont kno how
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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby Chair76 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:39 am

I know this works for ppl and dogs and cats but i dont know bout lizards, i know you can try water therapy or what ever its called. just let your beardie swim in the water and help him so he wont drown. Ok do this alot for the next 6months or so and slower she'll should start using it in the water. it shouldnt hert her since its water and shes barley putting pressure on it so no pain. this might work but you could give it a try if its not broken. please tell us if its broken first before you try this cause it can hert her more if its broken.
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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby KitsuneGem » Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:21 pm

I would take her into the vet just in-case, even if you cant feel a broken bone, it could still be a small fracture,
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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby Cstrickland22 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:21 pm

I plan on just going ahead and taking her i cant stand to see her hurt and the vet at my work reccomended a good reptile vet so hoping for the best!
Figured out how to post a pic tho so u guys can at least see what im talking about.



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And yes those are torn off cricket legs cuz she wont eat them out of my hand and she cant catch them if they move even in a 10 gallon tank that i use for feeding
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Re: Broken Arm?

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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby RaineKoenig » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:27 pm

I can't really help (new to Dragons) I just wanted to say she's gorgeous and I hope everything is going to be okay.

Sorry I can't be much help.
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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby KitsuneGem » Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:35 am

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Here you go
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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby Cstrickland22 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:48 pm

Thanks for the compliments on her and fixing the picture
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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby AHBD » Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:56 pm

She has what looks like metabolic bone disease. She needs immediate increase of calcium, and needs to get closer to the UVB bulb. Right now, getting her out in the sun will stop it, if you can't get her more calcium and UVB , it will get worse and she will not be able to use her legs at all. If you take her in the sun, just sit in the grass with her, don't take her out in a tank. I use large plastic totes and a kiddie swimmming pool, but it can't be in direct sun because the plastic heats up almost like the hood of a car. So sitting in the grass would be best. The sun helps the dragon to absorb the calcium very quickly. Get some liquid calcium if you can...Drache [ the moderator here ] sells it, and most drug stores sell Calglucon.
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Re: Broken Arm?

Postby Cstrickland22 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:16 pm

How long does she need to be outside every day?
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