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Vibrio treatment

« posted: 1 year ago »
I ave a seahorse with flesh erosion. Vibrio presumed. He has a fairly large spot of flesh missing. Roughly 1/4" by 3/8" oval. When first noticed there was a while line about 3/4" extending from the hole. I have been treating with Furan2 for 10 days.

The pony eats well and is tolerating treatment. The line is almost gone and eroded spot seems to be improving as well.

I seem to remember reading someplace that 10 days is the standard treatment. Should I discontinue treatment at this point or continue until completely healed? Will the eroded area regrow with time?

Thanks in advance,

Paul
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Re: Vibrio treatment

« Reply #1 posted: 1 year ago »
Hi Paul! Welcome to Fusedjaw! Sorry you had to come under such stressful circumstances.

That's a tough one. I'm always on the fence with cases like yours. The bacteria could be gone, and he just needs time to heal. Or it could be a case where once you withdraw the antibiotics the infection comes back with a vengeance.

What is the water temperature at? I would feel more comfortable removing the antibiotic if the temp is around 68, which will help suppress vibrio. I'd also consider offering enriched brine shrimp with beta glucan to help the immune system. You could keep him in the furan II for longer than 10 days; it's common to do in both human and animal medicine when there are lingering infections that are difficult to treat. But it's hard to say if that is what is happening here.

Do you have any before and after pictures? If not, can you post a current picture?

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« Reply #2 posted: 1 year ago »
Hi, I am also treating my female erectus for a bacterial infection.  She has a small ulcer on her abdomen.   I started with Furan 2 but she didn't seem to respond with that so I switched to triple sulfa.  She did respond to that but after 2 rounds, (which was 10 days) I was warned by a forum user that has vet training that sulfas when over used can have negative effects.  Now I am keeping her in the hospital tank but changing the salt water every day 100%. (I make it in a brute can so its the same ph, salinity and such).  I am watching her close and I believe her ulcer is still healing.  This is only my 2nd incident of treating infection so I am by no means experienced but so far things are going ok.
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« Reply #3 posted: 1 year ago »
Hi Tami and Vlangel.

Thank you for replying. The tank is normally kept at 72. When I first noticed this, the temp was lowered to 68. but the room temp is holding the tank to about 70. Maybe a fan across the surface will help with that.

 I don't have a before photo and the best I can provide is a great phone pic. The white spot in the center is the area that has eroded. It was easy to see a chuck of flesh was missing there. This area seems to be filling in. The whiter lower portion and the somewhat diamond shaped spot below that are part of the line that was also present. As you can see part of that line has returned to it's normal color/ it's overall length is less also. The spot on the head is just coralline algae.

Since treatment appears to be helping, and it isn't ill-advised to continue, I think I'll continue treatment for another week. Will try the brine with beat glucan also.

Thanks again. I really do appreciate the advice.  :)

Mmm. the preview function doesn't show the photo. Let's see if it attaches when I post...
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« Reply #4 posted: 1 year ago »
Good luck with your pony.  I agree with you about continueing your course of furan 2.  His spot is much larger than the one on my female and looks deeper too.  My female's is more of a surface wound.
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« Reply #5 posted: 1 year ago »
Just wanted to post a quick update saying this pony is completely healed now. I thought for sure I would lose him, but the Furan2 worked wonders. I did lower the temp 68 also. Even added a UV sterilizer to the filter system.

Thanks again for the input and support!
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« Reply #7 posted: 1 year ago »
I am glad that you were able to successfully treat your stallion.  Good job.  My seahorse is also healed.
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