Re:Female Floating — PLEASE HELP!!


Hello seahorsegirl I hope things are working out with your female Erectus. I have had troubles with GBS when I first started keeping seahorses especially the Kudas at a juvenile age. I know it is hard to find Diamox because I have been through it. I finally called around to every Vet. in my small town, and finally one that does onsite surgeries/recoveries on animals understood that bringing a seahorse to the Vet. would probably cause more damage than that if I left it at home and came to the office to pick up the Diamox that he had on hand there. He had been in practice in this town for many years so he just charged me 5$ for the ammount that the forum describes for recommended treatment. I lucked up! I would call around to all the Vets. especially the ones that have been around for a long time. Also, if you have a teaching hospital around that has a Veteranarian practice attached to it for teaching students, it can be a cheaper office visit, and a likely way to obtain Diamox especially if the teaching hospital has an exotic pets department inside the Veternarian practice. Otherwise I would follow Pete’s advise on the decompression chamber. Diamox has it’s many uses as I understand it. As a retired military personell and nurse. Diamox has been used for glacoma, and as an injection IM for military personell that go on search and rescue missions in high altitude mountain terrians, or in deep water. From what I understand GBS in seahorses is like Vertigo in humans from rising too fast from deep water or descending too fast from high eltivations. When we loose our balance and have the sickness involved to where we can barely get out of bed to eat or what may be. As Pete advised Diamox alone in worse cases may need medicated with an antibiotic also. Just be sure to follow his advise if you can’t obtain the Diamox treatment. Make SURE you don’t re-elevate your pony too fast, and keep it hospitalized until no more signs are showing to prevent an outbreak in your display tank. I learned the hard way when I first started keeping seahorses that it can cause a fast demise to all ponies in the tank if it isn’t removed, water changed, and hospitalized until it is better before re-introducing it to the display tank. I hope this may help you obtain Diamox where you live as it IS very hard to obtain. I still have some due to my pony’s demise before treatment could be finished. Best of luck!

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