Last Wednesday I noticed a small cut on Antigone’s leg and some skin flapping off. Didnt look too deep but i still took her to the vet on Saturday tht week. He said it should heal no problem but to avoid any possible infections of the wound he said he would like to give her a doxycycline shot that would last 1-2 weeks. I let him do it and he was even nice enough to not charge for the med since axolotls would require much less than a dog or cat.
Big mistake that was. Wed-Sat till the appointment Antigone was still eating like a monster as usual and swimming around happily in her tank and on Saturday before the appointment I even noticed that she started using her injured foot again. After the appointment and the doxyc shot when she got home she threw up her entire meal from couple hours in the past. Her beautiful wildtype skin started to turn to white dead patches all around her body at rrandom locations. She hasnt eaten a single piece of food in 5 days since the vet nor has she come out of her hiding spot more than once or twice this entire time. She just sits there and doesnt move, doesnt eat, doesnt do anything. I found some articles suggesting that doxcy is not a very suitable antibiotic for an axolotl, its semi okay if given in very small doses adjusted for the weight of your axolotl.
She probably would have been much better off without the shot and just with salt baths but i trusted the fact that an exotic vet would know what he is doing and it turned out just the opposite. Im letting you guys know so if you have to take your axolotl or any amphibian to the vet and for some reason a treatment for an antibiotic might be necessary make sure to put your foot down and say no. I didnt because i trusted the authority of an “expert” and my lil girl might die. If anything make sure its in incredibly small doses. Antigone (30 grams) got a 0.2 ml shot and the effects of it are horrid. I just hope she will pull through some how, so much weight on such little shoulders :(
fyi:im not saying all vets are clueless and dont know what they are doing but you definitely have to be careful with unusual pets like axolotls. The vet I went to said he treated axolotls before many times and look how it turned out