tail rot... again

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tail rot... again

Postby Webber1991 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:44 pm

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Ok my bearded dragon had tail rot about 2 months ago, I seemed the get rid of it all by treating it was polysporne and peroxide. His tail seemed fine for a month, then when I went to feed him today, his tail was bleeding and falling apart :S
What should I do?
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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Drache613 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:12 pm

Hello,

Oh hon, you used peroxide on your dragon's tail? You are never supposed to use hydrogen peroxide on reptiles' wounds. It is highly cytotoxic which means it kills good cells. That is what happened.
Are you going to take him to the vet? Can you post some pictures of the tail? He will most likely have to get more of it amputated.
You can begin by cleaning the area with betadine (diluted) daily & putting neosporin on it daily as well.

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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Webber1991 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:52 am

Not supposed to use peroxide!!!??!? The guy at the reptile store told me to. I looked into getting his tail amputated and I can't afford that :( it cost something like 600$ is there any alternatives?
it looks like this but with some blood http://z.about.com/w/experts/Reptiles-7 ... rdie_2.jpg

please let me know of any other alternatives to taking him to the vet, like I said, I cannot afford it.
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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Webber1991 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:19 pm

here are some actual pictures i just took of the infection...

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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Webber1991 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:15 pm

Can somone please help :( this website may be nachos only hope
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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Drache613 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:44 am

Hello,

Well, there really is no other alternative honestly. If it goes untreated, the infection will travel up his tail, & he will lose his entire tail & can get very sick from a system infection.
No peroxide. I do not know why people still recommend it, but it is not safe for reptilian use. Continue with the diluted betadine daily, along with the neosporin or polysporin, daily. There is also a product called thermazene that you can get which is extremely good & might help out more than the ointment. If you see dead tissue, try to GENTLY scrub that off with a soft toothbrush just to clear it off of the area to help with healing. You can get the thermazene here:

http://www.amazon.com/Thermazene-Silver ... B0008KLQNM

What was the initial cause of the tail problem? A bite or retained shed?
Have you checked for other vets that could do it cheaper? I hate to even suggest it, but a regular vet could most likely perform a simple amputation since it is just the last couple of inches, but if that dead tissue does not come off & there is infection in the tail, it will travel & there is nothing you can do to stop it once it starts traveling except just cut the infected area out.
I cannot approve you to try to amputate at home, that is way too risky. The only thing that I can recommend you to do right now without going to the vet is to get a magic marker (non toxic, non permanent) & draw a line on the underneath side of his tail on the soft tissue, to mark slightly above where the discolored area on the tail is. This will help you keep track of the affected area on his tail as to whether or not it is traveling or not.
I will send you a PM regarding medications, as well. This is absolutely imperative that you get this taken care of. Infections that spread can quickly kill your dragon.


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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Zemanski » Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:05 pm

a friend of mine noticed the end of her beardie's tail darkening

10 days later the necrosis has spread over 2"

I really can't believe how fast it spread

he is having it amputated tomorrow
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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Webber1991 » Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:41 pm

how much is that costing him?
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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Drache613 » Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:58 pm

Hello,

How is your dragon doing today? Please keep me posted on his condition.


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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Webber1991 » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:45 pm

He seems normal, but the tail is still messed up. I keep applying polysporn on it, I'm going on a vacation next week, but I will be back next monday. I told the person watching him to pull polysporn on it every night. I hope the tail is just dead tissue because of the peroxide and not tail rot. If when I come back the tail is worse I will take him to see the vet, but I know for sure I can't afford an amputation.
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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Webber1991 » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:48 pm

do you have msn?
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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Drache613 » Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:20 pm

Hello,

Yes, I have MSN. I will PM you my user name.
It is looking like he will need an amputation though. How is he doing?

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Re: tail rot... again

Postby Zemanski » Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:40 am

Webber1991 wrote:how much is that costing him?


sorry, I don't know

I'm UK based anyway
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