Blue-tongue lizard leg amputation

Meet “Randal” a Blue-tongue lizard who recently visited AREPH as he had a trauma from a suspected cat or dog attack. Blue-tongue lizards are common in suburban backyards and are often predated by cats or chased by dogs.

Randal was admitted to hospital and underwent treatment for several puncture wounds around his head and a lesion around his forearm, the wounds were cleaned and treated with topical creams. Unfortunately due to the severity of the arm wound and infection associated with it, an amputation was recommended.
The surgery was a success! The surgical site is healing well and he will be due for a check-up appointment once he finishes a course of antibiotics and pain medication. After a month of rehabilitation from our wonderful wildlife carers, he should be fit for release.

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Written by Caitlin Marscham - Final Year Veterinary Student, The University of Sydney.

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