swollen foot


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i noticed her left toe on her foot was swollen, she won’t grip anything with it when she sleeps. only thing i could think of what happened is she climbs on the screen a lot. Any thoughts?


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The Wild One

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My guess would be that she was climbing the screen at one point but her toe nail got caught and it pulled it out just enough for it to get infected.


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I had one recently that managed to get a puncture wound in a toe and it created an abscess. It took two weeks of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and a lancing to get it back to normal.
If you don't think it is gout or MBD then starting antibiotics sooner rather than later is the best bet. We can go over your husbandry to see if there is any reason to think it is one of the first two or we can help you find a vet in your area if you want.
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My guess would be that she was climbing the screen at one point but her toe nail got caught and it pulled it out just enough for it to get infected.
yeah she’s sitting on a branch right now just letting her injured foot dangle, I’m going to look up vets in my area and see if they can see her
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