Re:bloated pinto


Hi Pete,
I tried to aspirate his pouch one more time but it didn’t have much affect. I live alone and it is difficult to hold him and draw back the plunger at the same time. I did remove about 1/4cc of air/fluid. The fluid was clear, like water. But his pouch is still quite inflated. I tried to contact Dr Belli but never got a response.
Today is the last day for the neomycin/sulfa but the redness on his tail is still present. The other meds have not arrived from animals alive but I really don’t feel comfortable putting him through another course of treatment right now. His tank mate still has the erosion on his tail but it has not gotten worse in quite some time so I am reluctant to do anything with him either. Is it horribly irresponsible to let them live out their time as they are? They don’t appear to be suffering and I fear my ineptness will shorten their lives more than their illnesses. Both are still eating (though the pinto requires some encouragement right now). The pinto has never had buoyancy issues though he does seem a bit awkward when maneuvering around the tank. I do wish vets who had some knowledge of aquatic life were available to the general public!

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