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    Re: Wrap a Broken Leg???

    Quote Originally Posted by Thalatte View Post
    It needs to be straightened out and taped to his tail and if you could fit a tiny Popsicle stick on either side of his leg to act lick a splint it would help. You will need someone to help hold him which is why your vet should have done it when he examined him.

    Hi, we don`t know for sure if the leg is broken, xrays need to be taken and possibly medication is needed, so advising the OP to put a splint on the leg is a mistake in my opinion.






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    Okay, so we got a hold of a herp vet, and he said to leave it alone, as messing with it can cause more damage. That since he is so little, his leg will heal perfectly fine, and to only worry if he stops using it. Thank you everyonethat helped!!!!

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    Re: Wrap a Broken Leg???

    Quote Originally Posted by murrindindi View Post
    Hi, we don`t know for sure if the leg is broken, xrays need to be taken and possibly medication is needed, so advising the OP to put a splint on the leg is a mistake in my opinion.
    Totally agree. This is a job for someone with experience only. I'm also not sure why the vet would just assume the animal will be fine and that it will heal on it's own, especially having not examined it. This is something that should be taken care of earlier rather than later. I could be wrong, but I think in order for a professional to provide sound advice he/she should examine the animal first hand. This isn't a small sneeze or a scrape, after all...
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    Re: Wrap a Broken Leg???

    I am not sure what Vet would diagnose an injured animal over the phone. He needs to be seen by a qualified Vet, X-rays taken, and the proper treatment done. Unfortantly that is the part of responsible ownership, giving animals medical attention when they need it.
    I don't know any Vet who would send an animal home that needs medical attention so the owner can "treat" it.

    Please call a real Vet and get him in asap. If your lucky it could not be broken, but if it is atleast he will get the proper care he deserves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nico234 View Post
    So Sunday I took him to the vet, and she said it didnt look like MBD, but that I needed to try and tape it into place. ?
    He had taken the Chinese Water Dragon to the vet already and all he did was say it was broken and prescribe an antibiotic. Only reason I told how to splint it is the vet had said to. If you read through previous posts I state I don't agree with doin it and I would be yelling at the vet. It isn't advisable to do your own doctoring but if the vet is refusing find a new one and in the meantime try to stabilize.
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    Re: Wrap a Broken Leg???

    Quote Originally Posted by Thalatte View Post
    He had taken the Chinese Water Dragon to the vet already and all he did was say it was broken and prescribe an antibiotic. Only reason I told how to splint it is the vet had said to. If you read through previous posts I state I don't agree with doin it and I would be yelling at the vet. It isn't advisable to do your own doctoring but if the vet is refusing find a new one and in the meantime try to stabilize.
    But the OP never confirmed whether or not it was actually broken and even if it was without an x-ray its impossible to know to what extent it is. Taping a bad break can cause irreparable damage, specifically to nerves and tendons in the leg. It may also cause internal bleeding if not done carefully enough. This is why I feel it should be left alone until a reputable specialist has a chance to examine it first hand.
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    Re: Wrap a Broken Leg???

    I personally wouldn't be ok with a diagnosis of "That since he is so little, his leg will heal perfectly fine, and to only worry if he stops using it."

    My water dragon injured her leg back in June, when she was only about 6 months old (estimate). The vet performed x-rays and in her case, couldn't find any breaks, so she speculated that the injury was a torn muscle/ligament/tendon and it MAY heal up on its own. However, since it wasn't broken, she was hesitant on splinting it at the time as it was swollen, so my dragon was prescribed anti-inflammatories to help with the swelling. I was told to bring her back if I found her leg getting significantly worse or if I wanted to explore other options.

    6 months later - her leg never healed. While she still can use it to some extent, it got slowly worse over time to the point where it's quite twisted, and she will always be disabled unless I choose surgery to fix it. As surgery itself has inherent risks and would likely cause her stress and pain (whereas now she doesn't seem the least bit bothered by it) I chose not to put her through that. However, her disability means she cannot jump, climb, or run very well, and she falls from her branches/vines often. I was advised not to move her into her large enclosure until she was a bit bigger and I figure out a way to create a safety net of sorts to catch her when/if she falls. I was also told to keep the branches lower to compensate for her lack of climbing ability.

    The point is, unless the vet actually performed an x-ray, you have no idea what's wrong with the leg. As well, you can't assume the leg will heal on its own. Your dragon is growing - if the leg is broken, all that means is that the bone will mend/fuse improperly and continue to grow with the dragon, making the injury worse. Your dragon may not heal up fine. And to assume it will without seeing it or really assessing the injury is incredibly presumptuous and giving potentially false hope.
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    Re: Wrap a Broken Leg???

    I'm in the same 'boat' with the Chinese Water Dragon I got a month ago. Only, he came to me from Petsmart as 'unsellable' because he was 'born' (they swear!!) with three legs. After seeing Toothless not even be able to keep himself balanced in water very well, I am 185% on the bandwagon on getting the leg checked out better. Toothless was no born with three legs. Some one housed him with a much bigger lizard, and the thing ate his arm off. I am probably going to end up having to work out something the same way Cassicat is for climbing. I really have no idea how I am going to go about it, other than doing most of his climbing branches going at the same angle, with a net a few inches under it. Thankfully, his is a front leg, so he can still jump and get going pretty well.

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    If you don't get his leg properly diagnosed and treated, you are going to have a much larger issue in the long run. The stress of an enclosure allowing provisions for this injured dragon, more future vet bills stemming from the initial injury...not to mention the WDs quality of life...He is so young, with proper treatment his leg will be healed in no time!

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