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Old 10-02-2010, 06:27 PM
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Unhappy Possible tail necrosis? - Iguana advice please

I'm a little worried that my Iggy may have the early signs of tail necrosis and I'm not sure what I should do.

The tip, about an inch, has died/is dying, I think. It looks a bit shrunken, slimmer than the rest of the tail and is stiff, you cant bend that part at all.



I also tested to see if it has any feeling and I dont think it has, I squeezed the tip, gradually increasing pressure and was applying quite a force and got no response. Just a moderate pinch another inch up and she pulls away, so I'm assuming she's lost the feeling there too

So whats my best course of action? I assume I should go to the vet and also assume that they'll cut the dead bit off Just wanted to hear others opinions on the urgency etc as its obviously not effecting her current health.

A bit gutted to be honest.
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:32 PM
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Forgot to also ask:

Does anyone know any reasons why it might set in? What can cause the tail to die off for seemingly no reason?
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:55 PM
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I'm sorry I can't help you. It doesn't look that bad from the pics but the fact you got no response from pinching it would worry me. Good luck at the vet and keep us all posted.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:03 PM
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I felt abit bad about my reply so done a little googling and found this link
Tail breaks and drops
The section near the end about incomplete breaks might be of some use.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:48 PM
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i clicked on one of the related articles and this could be what's happening..
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:12 PM
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Thanks for the research guys. Definately looks like a vet trip and possible a small amputation will be needed to ensure further detrimental necrosis doesnt set in. I'll keep everyone updated :)
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:09 PM
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She's booked into my exotics vet for next Tuesday so wish her luck and I'll let you know how she gets on :)
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the vet will only remove a small amount,a couple of inches at most.but its better to catch necrosis early.ive seen some iggys who have lost half there tail.not a nice thing for an iggy lover to encounter.
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Old 16-02-2010, 07:53 PM
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Update:

She saw the vet tonight and basically I told them everything that they might've been able to tell me.

So it pretty much cost me 36 to book an op in for next week. They want to take about 4 inches off too.

Im not particularly impressed.
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Old 25-02-2010, 10:32 AM
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Well I took her in this morning and am picking her up after work. Fingers crossed she's ok. Im a little bit worried, which is not like me!
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