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Colon prolapse is the "exit" of the colon outside the cloaca of the axolotl. It should not be confused with a very developed cloaca or during the courtship phases of a male axolotl. And it should especially not be confused with the muscles of the cloaca prominent or outgoing. Observation is therefore very important.

There is a first solution but which does not ensure that this prolapse does not come back.

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Colon prolapse or organ descent is a disorder that can affect all amphibians and reptiles, and is caused by a lump emerging from the cesspool. If it is not too serious, that is to say that the intestine has not come out too long (in this case, it is an emergency veterinarian). The key is not to go like a brute so as not to risk perforation.If what is protruding is dark red or even black, then it may be too late and the tissue has died.

The animal must be kept in a hospital bin without substrate. It must not catch on the intestine which comes out somewhere, otherwise it will unfold like a ball of wool.
To replace:

Prepare two cups:
-1 with betadine diluted at 10%
- 1 with lukewarm (spring) water in which you MELT powdered sugar.

Keep the axolotl in your left hand (wet), cesspool towards you, if possible during the entire operation, put his head in the water regularly.
Apply a cotton swab (or put on a latex glove) with betadine on the protruding parts. Then with a cotton swab soaked in sugar water. Normally the intestine that comes out is swollen, which makes it difficult to enter it. The sugar water will be used to reduce this pressure in the intestine.

The goal is to gently massage the intestine alternately with sugar water and betadine. You have to remove a little cotton wool at the end of the cotton swab to make it thinner. By force, the intestine is reduced (about 15 minutes later), we can then start to lift the edge of the anus by going all around it. After a lot of patience, it finally came back.

Once done, leave the animal to rest in isolation for several days (without eating).

Colon prolapse is often a VETERINARY EMERGENCY, the life-threatening outcome of axolotl may be initiated long before colon prolapse is visible. Indeed, colon prolapse most often follows digestive obstruction and unsuccessful defecation efforts ...
This pathology is rare in freedom, but in captivity, bad conditions can lead to weakness in the animal (hypocalcemia, osteodystrophy, etc.) and thus cause weakness in the muscles responsible for digestion (smooth muscles in the digestive tract).
An x-ray is usually performed to confirm the presence of a fecal impaction or a foreign digestive body and thus eliminate the hypothesis of a significant internal parasitism responsible for repeated defecation efforts.
The treatment for colon prolapse is SURGICAL.

Putting the colon back in the cloaca does no good without solving the original problem.
Often, an operation is necessary to correct the occlusion and put the colon back in its place.
It is often a risky surgery because the axolotl can be occluded for a long time ...

Beginning of the prolapse which worsened almost visibly. She was operated on a day later


5 days after the operation approximately

Phlegm but no infection. The stitches on the cloaca are removed 3 to 5 days after the operation for the axo to do its needs. Pain reliever administered orally and disinfectant baths

To speed up healing, we put methylene blue on the cesspool. So that the axo recovers faster, I gave trout that was more appetizing than the pellets (and she loves it) it was re-fed 8 days later. Gradually, the daily water change with Mont roucous is done with rested tap water. After a week, she moved to a smaller tank but with sand and plants. 10 days later, the last threads, which held the interior, are removed by the veterinarian.


The gills are better, and grow back, 2 weeks later, stop the baths and, with the agreement of the veterinarian, return to the deep end (she was depressed alone and seemed happy to see me, she was looking for company)


This pretty female has regained her form, excellent health, beautiful gills, on the other hand the tail and the veil keep the marks of the anesthesia practiced by the veterinarian, who explained to Margaux LM that the product burned the mucous membranes and therefore the tender skin of the axolotl. But it is a lesser evil compared to its initial state.


Thank you Margaux LM for this sharing he will be able to help other veterinarians and other members.

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

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