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Advice for RES with cracked plastron

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Posted by: katrak at Sun Jun 27 01:04:37 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by katrak ]  
   

I've been watching my brother's labrador this week, and somehow the dog got into my outdoor enclosure and pulled out my five year old RES this evening. I got him away in time to keep him from killing it, but my poor RES got crunched on a bit and has a cracked plastron. I've inspected him pretty thoroughly to see that it's snapped horizontally across the humeral scutes and the cracked piece is pretty much a flap now, dangling there. There's been very minimal bleeding, but you can see the exposed flesh beneath the crack. I have him inside the house now in a 32 qt sterlite keeping him safe and dry, and he's otherwise been acting normal and swimming when allowed in clean water to hydrate...but since you can see the flesh beneath the crack it worries me. There's no herp vets open until Monday at the earliest...what can I do for my guy in the meantime? Anyone have experience with cracked plastrons like this?


   

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