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My gecko's tail came off and it has healed pretty well, but it started bleeding again.  Do I need to give it medical care?  What should I do?

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Hi Alexa,

The muscles, skin ad blood vessels in the area where the tail naturally breaks away are adapted to minimize any blood loss and infection. The newly formed skin over the area will be a bit delicate however and more prone to injury.

Check the area for signs of infection such as redness, swelling or oozing. You can dab on a bit of antibiotic ointment as a precaution. I would also advise you to remove any loose particle substrate and replace it with paper towel at least temporarily until this injury has healed over.  

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I can answer questions on the proper husbandry and diet of Iguanas, bearded dragons, geckoes, skinks, chameleons, tortoises, box turtles, treefrogs, non-venomous snakes and tarantulas. Also the breeding of some species of feeder insects. I have no experience with venonmous snakes and only limited experience with aquatic turtles.

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I have been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 30 years. In addition to my regular job in the medical field I also worked for several years in a pet store that specialized only in exotics. The job entailed both caring for and answering questions on innumerable species. It required constant, extensive research into a wide range of reptiles. I have been called to appear on televised national media (CBC, CTV and Life Channel) as well as CBC radio to discuss the proper care of reptiles and other exotics in captivity. I currently own one or more species of those listed under my expertise with the exception of chameleons. I owned chameleons for years but keep none currently. I keep over 20 snakes comprising 5 species, both Colubridae and Boidae. I bred corn snakes for several years. I have a particular interest in treefrogs and currently have 5 different species. I've raised redfoot tortoises for 10 years and have two iguanas, one for 12 years.

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A small and now defunct local magazine called "Pet Vue"

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Diagnostic medical microbiology with some parasitology experience.

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