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Old 02-12-2011, 09:27 PM   #11 
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Actually, Speed has been working feverishly on his first bubble nest. :)
And as long as Herdon's wound heals, I do not mind him having only one 'arm'. It does not bother me to care for disabled animals. I have had a blind dog and a deaf ferret before. And currenly, I have a mouse with no ears (she scratched them off).
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:44 PM   #12 
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Oh my goodness! 1) That's great! He's a lovely male. 2) That is so good of you! My aunt takes care of ferrets that are sick, young and injured and helps nurse them back to health and finds them good homes. She is definitely what I would consider a hoarder with 30+, but she is good at what she does, and I'm glad. 3) A mouse with no ears is like an elephant without a trunk... different! The poor thing, I'm glad you are taking care of him! I love mice, they are adorable. I wish I could get one, but they only live a year or two and the pet store ones always seem to bite... sigh.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:53 PM   #13 
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I always get my mice at Petco, they seem to be the most friendly.
I do not care how long the life span of an animal is. One of my past ferrets, Lulu, I got from a ferret rescue only was with me for 9 months out of her 5 years of life and I would never trade the moments I had with her, even if I knew from the start she was not going to live long.
No matter how long something lives, it will die. And you will always feel cheated when it dies, rather it was with you for 80 years or 3 months. :)
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:37 PM   #14 
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Here are some pictures I just took of Herndon. He is not looking so good:



And, he is looking not only bloated, but his whole body is really lumpy:


Also, he has this slimey clear stuff coming off of the wound. Looks like what snails produce:

What to do?
He still will not eat anything and his gills are still really veiny. Plus, personality wise, he seems pretty miserable.

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Old 02-14-2011, 09:35 AM   #15 
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Oh dear! Poor Herndon! He's so beautiful, I can't believe this... He definitely still looks bloated, so I'd wait another day before you feed him. That looks like an enormous ulcer! Just a big fat cut that got infected and is now slowly growing bigger and eating away at a little more flesh... I think that is what is falling slowly off of the wound. It sounds awful, I can't even imagine how it feels. I think the lumps in his body are the results of a poor diet for too long. He probably was fed too much of something that wasn't good for bettas, and he is still trying to let it pass through his system... keep doing your salt treatment, I think that is good. And I know there have been a lot of bad things said about this, but I'd try some bettafix or melafix. My friends on this site might be mad at me for saying that, but use a smaller dose and it shouldn't harm the fish. They specifically treat open body sores and fins. I think that with the salt treatment and super clean water will help, and from there we can see where the tides will turn. Sorry Herndon! My 3 bettas say best of luck to you!
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:54 PM   #16 
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Well I am not giving up if he is not giving up. :)
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:33 PM   #17 
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Absolutely not! Never ever give up! I hope my advice is doing something for him. :)
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:40 PM   #18 
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I will keep everyone posted. :)
Thank you all for your advice.
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:44 PM   #19 
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Okay, thanks! I really hope he pulls through!
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:58 PM   #20 
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So I just checked on him. Now he has gobs of that slimey stuff coming out of the wound. And he still refuses to eat anything.
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