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Infection or tail rot?

AHBD

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Jenna that is extremely aggressive tail rot and needs to be amputates ASAP. See if you can get to an emergency vet tomorrow, tell them that this has happened in just 2 weeks, from the time you first noticed the dark spot that we now know was a wound. The infection can quickly travel up in to her body + sepsis will kill her. There is no other treatment that will stop it. I know it sounds scary but beardies usually do very well with amputations and bounce back pretty fast.
 

JennaDerp

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Jenna that is extremely aggressive tail rot and needs to be amputates ASAP. See if you can get to an emergency vet tomorrow, tell them that this has happened in just 2 weeks, from the time you first noticed the dark spot that we now know was a wound. The infection can quickly travel up in to her body + sepsis will kill her. There is no other treatment that will stop it. I know it sounds scary but beardies usually do very well with amputations and bounce back pretty fast.
Thank you. I called my closest reptile vet and they said the soonest they could do is Monday morning which is about 3 days from today. Do you have any suggestions? I used the website and i see only one vet in my state offers reptile treatment. Do you have any suggestions in the meantime?
 

AHBD

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Sorry Jenna, I don't have any suggestions because it's quite advanced now. The wound that was visible less than 2 weeks ago was evidently festering underneath and caused all that tissue to die. A vet needs to amputate it ASAP, I don't know if there's anyone else you can try that can get you in sooner.
 

JennaDerp

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Sorry Jenna, I don't have any suggestions because it's quite advanced now. The wound that was visible less than 2 weeks ago was evidently festering underneath and caused all that tissue to die. A vet needs to amputate it ASAP, I don't know if there's anyone else you can try that can get you in sooner.
 

JennaDerp

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Just wondering how the vet visit went, any updates ? I hope everything turns out O.K.
I took her to the vet. They gave her an xray, bloodwork, and prescribed her with some medications. She also poops about every 4 days. heres the medications if you guys are interested.
1% silver sulfadiazine cream (50 grams) (apply once a day)
0.14 mls oral injection of calcium (inject once a day) (this was because she was very slightly calcium deficient, and they said i could give her this to help)
and,
intermuscularly inject 0.4 mls of Fortaz every 72 hours.
I've been doing this since the visit.
Although, I talked to them and I told them I needed the amputation asap and they told me they could do it 10 days from now. I also have know idea what the cost will be, so if you guys have experience with that please let me know previous cost amounts. My previous appointment came to about 450.
The infection hasn't visibly risen up, but her bloodwork consisted of small evidence of muscle injury, slightly higher blood sugar (which they said is probably caused by stress from the injury), and an increase in monocytes. The white blood cell amount is also normal.
Her Xrays were also fine but they suggested I orally feed her calcium because she was slightly deficient (as stated before)
It has been a bit since her appointment, but I noticed leg tremors last night. She actually just pooped so the tremors didnt seem to stop her from that, but I am not sure what to do. This is the only exotic vet near me and they arent open today and they said the 15th was the soonest.
I'm at the point where i'm just trying to give her medications but I dont know what to do because since last night she has clearly been in pain.
 

AHBD

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That's good you got her in so quick, sorry that she seems to have tremors now. Did you mount her uvb in the tank, it's very important. So I thought that the vet was going to see her Monday and they should have done the amputation then. Is she eating ? If so, I would just make sure she has calcium on her food and try to limit the injections because these can be painful .Just use the calcium injection every other day or every 3 days to limit the pain. The fortaz is for infection so she needs that. I think I've read that amputation costs around $300-$500. You can search the threads here for amputation experiences and someone usually has a story and mentions the cost but clinics may vary as far as cost goes.
 

JennaDerp

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That's good you got her in so quick, sorry that she seems to have tremors now. Did you mount her uvb in the tank, it's very important. So I thought that the vet was going to see her Monday and they should have done the amputation then. Is she eating ? If so, I would just make sure she has calcium on her food and try to limit the injections because these can be painful .Just use the calcium injection every other day or every 3 days to limit the pain. The fortaz is for infection so she needs that. I think I've read that amputation costs around $300-$500. You can search the threads here for amputation experiences and someone usually has a story and mentions the cost but clinics may vary as far as cost goes.
Sorry I said calcium injection but its not like a needle haha. Its just a syringe I put in her mouth. This is liquid and she just swallows it. Also, the vets said the amputation couldn't be done that day and that they wanted the antibiotics to kick in first or something. I've been calcium dusting all her food. She's still running around her cage and such but the tremors are making her unstable. I'm just not sure what's causing the tremors, because her legs and such were fine on the x-ray and the calcium deficiency was very very minor.
 
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