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PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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About 1/2 of gerbils tail is missing what can I do to help

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About 1/2 of gerbils tail is missing what can I do to help her
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the gerbil's name and age?
Customer: Moon and about 4- 5 months
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Moon?
Customer: She seems OK
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 6 months ago.

Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?

1) Do you have a picture of her tail?
2) Is this is a clean injury or is there bone exposed?
3) Does she live alone or with others?
4) Any history of injury or self-mutilation?
5) Have you located the other half of the tail?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Bone is exposed
Lives alone
No history
Yes I removed it from the tank
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 6 months ago.

If the bone is exposed, it sounds like this may have been some type of degloving injury. There's not much that can safely be done at home. I would recommend taking her to see a pocket pet vet that can examine her, sedate her, trim the bone back, close the skin over the end of the remaining portion of her tail and give her medication to prevention infection and discomfort. Until you're able to have her seen, I would move her to a hospital cage with a towel as bedding and only a food and water supply. This will prevent bedding from sticking to the bone, help prevent infection and further injury.

If you need help finding a vet that can see her, please reply with your city, state and zip code.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 6 months ago.

Checking in. How is Moon doing today?