Discussion in 'Water Dragons' started by Thalatte, Jun 10, 2013.
Oh, the poor baby! Any idea how he dmaged himself this time?
I think trying to get out of his little cage since it is an injury he would have occurred while twisting the leg too far...this would be what he does when going back and forth in front of the glass doors
Wow. Why is he trying to commit suicide? Lol. Crazy Tai. He is masochistic or something. Or just mad that he has to wear pink and purple casts. Though I thought purple and pink went very well with green. That is one crazy little CWD you have. Personality? Yeah he has one!
What a trouble maker.
Too bad the vet couldn't amputate part of his personality to make him a more biddable lizard...why did I have to get the evil kneivil of CWDs?
I am sure you would be bored with a lazy dragon though.
Well at least then he wouldn't be so expensive!
True! My dog has been our 'pain in the wallet' lately. After she was given the go ahead by the vet and was in a healthy place again, she ran down the stairs like she was a puppy and sprained her doggy ankle. Nothing special but some pain meds and encouraged rest but seriously.
Encouraging rest with a dog is like encouraging a bird not to fly. Or the ocean to be calm lol. Unless you have the dog in a crate most of the day. Silly animals.
Tai is crazy. He was a rescue you got wasn't he? Spirited dude.
Well sorta a rescue. I bought him from petco because he was a large CWD about 14-18inches total in a tank that was only 12in wide. They had him for 18monthes and no one wanted him but everyone kept buying the baby CWDs so I decided to take him home.
That's right! I forgot how you acquired him. He is a funny one for sure. Not so funny for the wallet. But just an absolute hoot of a personality.
That he is.
Saturday when the dr was showing me the X-rays and stating how well his bone has healed it looked to me like the femur healed at a sever angle so I don't know how well that leg will work. So far today he hasn't been able to move it much at all. The thigh kinda twitches but he can't or hasn't tried to straighten his leg!
I am going to give him a few days to see if its just the muscles have atrophied and so he needs time to rebuild it or what.
Ouch . I hope it heals as close to normal as possible
Unfortunately the leg that healed at an angle was his first broken leg so I am unsure how much if any movement he will get back in that leg. I am hoping his current broken leg will heal straighter.
Does any one know...well lets out it this way if his left femur is healed at an angle that doesn't allow him to use it but I leave it as is for a year or more would it be possible for a specialist to later go in, tiebreak the bone, and pin it straight and then tai have full use of the leg again? Would that work or is it such that once it has healed and been left there will be so much atrophy already done that he will never have use of his leg again?
I'm not sure about the timeline you suggest, but I have had other animals (mammals mostly) that have had a badly healed break due to neglect or being wild that have had successful rehabilitation after surgically breaking and resetting the bone. The issue with muscle loss, I think, would depend on his ability and willingness to move/use the leg as it is now. If he will not or can not use it then the muscle loss will be pretty severe. Its tricky with reptiles because they don't really let you know when it hurts, but with mammals it is usually beneficial to gently massage the muscles and flex the leg for them in several short sessions throughout the day. That can really help with keeping muscle tone.
Yeah...umm well I will try physical therapy with tai but I don't know how well he will take it though.
Thanks for the response.
I have been told with my water dragon that there is a possibility that surgery, to realign the leg, could allow for full use again. However, there are no guarantees the surgery will work, surgery itself is risky, and there's no guarantee she will try and use it again after being used to not having it. Since water dragons can get around fine on 3 legs, it's at the point where she's adapted to not really using it. The vet said it's certainly an option if I wanted to try, but I opted against it because it seemed like too much stress (for both of us) to do it on a chance.
That being said, her handicapped leg isn't completely useless (will still move it into position for jumping/sleeping/etc.). As such, it's not impairing her in the same way it would if the leg was unable to be moved at all.
If it were me, I'd see how Tai's other leg heals up first before considering surgery to realign the first leg.
Incidentally, you have the most accident-prone lizard I have ever heard of. Maybe you want to consider bubble wrap as an enclosure liner and substrate? Foam pool noodles for branches? Inflatable swimming pools for water sources? I could go on.
Ohhhh my goodness. So sorry about your lil Tai, i've only had my CWD for about 2 months but I just wanted to say this thread has thoroughly traumatized me lol. I can totally see the same thing happening to Talons -_-
And pillows to land on lol. Yes he seems very accident prone. Or Kamikaze lol. Not funny but funny
Well to add to the fun...There are wood eating bugs in his entirely wooden cage (the big massive cage it took me forever to build!)... I am hoping the bugs were just in the sticks I had put in and hadnt spread to the walls and support fixtures but we shall see I guess.
As far as his cage I am thinking thick pvc wrapped in a bunch of rope...or just wooden ramps and ledges depending on which is cheaper and seems a better option.
As of right now he is going on 2weeks of no food, something smells dead and rotting (i am hoping its just the stuck shed I havent managed to get off yet) and he isnt very active. But he is alert and still drinking alot. So I am thinking its the stress of his very very very empty very very very small ICU cage...Any ideas how to fix this?
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