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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by rayjay on 12 months ago »
However I could have said similar when my family was growing up and one of the kids got a cold.
It often then progressed to the other four in succession.
Look too at what happens in elderly care homes, where flu starts with one or two and ends up with dozens or more down the road.
Not all seahorses have exactly the same immune capability so the one least able to fight off something is the first to be showing the problems.
Doesn't make my theory right but does make it plausible.
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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by schlegelii on 12 months ago »
I understand completely, I'm sure if they would change for the service or not, to be determined. I would argue that if you have 5 seahorses together and only 1 gets sick with buoyancy issues, then would it still be water quality related? That was the case with mine.
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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by rayjay on 12 months ago »
Thank you for searching this out. I'm only ten minutes away from them.
However, years ago when I called them about seahorses, like the others, they didn't want to help at that time. I don't remember the specific reason given as there were too many I talked with.
They are though, a great place to go to for dogs and cats for sure but expensive. (estimate on operating on my dog's knees was in the upper range of estimates I'd gotten from many veterinarians here in London)
For me, I haven't had a case of buoyancy other than pouch emphysema in many many years. I wouldn't personally have an x-ray done on one because of the cost,(being a senior on limited income) and, if it does happen again, I will treat it the same as I did years ago and not have to undergo the expense.
It's my belief that buoyancy problems likely are a result of deteriorating water conditions and if I DO have the problem again, shame on me for letting conditions get that way when I know what can happen. Even pouch emphysema is probably caused by the same thing and tells me that I'm slipping up.
The only time I can see me having an interest in x-raying seahorses is when I have a death of a seahorse overnight having NO signs of problems at all prior to the death. However, I would then have to know what the normal x-ray would be like to compare it, and I don't know where the vet will find such comparison.
So, while I don't rule anything out for the future, for the present I can't see it happening for me.
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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by schlegelii on 12 months ago »
rayjay, I just spoke to the folks at West London Animal Hospital, they are thrilled with the idea on taking xrays on seahorses. If you have one with a buoyancy issue contact me or them directly to set it up. I'm waiting to hear from the owner if there would be a cost or not.


760 Hyde Park Rd.London, ON, Canada
N6H 5W9
Phone: 519-641-2999
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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by rayjay on 12 months ago »
Vets must be different in the US. Here in Canada, I haven't found any that would take an interest in marine fish let alone seahorses. There was one about an hour away from me but he wanted $65 just to listen to me explain about seahorses and couldn't guarantee he'd be of any help. That was some years ago for him so I'd hate to know what he'd charge now.
Here in London, NOT ONE would look at my seahorses out of the 39 I found here.
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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by schlegelii on 12 months ago »
Sure it might be cost prohibitive for some, others may find vets that are excited to step out of there "box" and take an xray for the purpose of understanding what's going on when these guys get buoyancy issues. No one knows why they get it or if it's even the same for each one or species, I'm not talking pouch emphysema, we just throw drugs in the water hoping it helps.
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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by rayjay on 12 months ago »
I'm not sure what the point of taking x-rays of seahorses is.
It may be helpful to you, but as most keepers have no access to taking x-rays of their seahorses, it would not help those individuals.
Even if you could find a vet to do it for you, I suspect the charges would be prohibitive.
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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by schlegelii on 12 months ago »
I have 4 other male seahorse's that I plan on xraying this week. That will give me a good idea of normal. Unfortunately that's all of the seahorses in my group, so it will be a small study.
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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by vlangel on 12 months ago »
Thank for checking in, I know a lot of these threads go dead after a while. He has been treated with Diamox, tripple sulfa and kanapex since the posting. Today buoyancy looks normal. As well as the xray. I'm going to do another day to be sure.

Xray
Its good to hear that he seems to be doing better.  I thought the xray was interesting but unfortunately I wouldn't have the foggiest notion what a healthy xray should look like.
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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by schlegelii on 12 months ago »
What did the x-ray show you?
I doubt that the ordinary seahorse hobbyist has any access to x-raying their seahorses. Even more doubtful would be how to read the x-ray to give a diagnosis.

In the first xray, there a multiple small pockets of gas in the celom of the seahorse, the follow up has a more normal pocket where the swim bladder would be located. Again I don't have much to go on as a reference, but it would be interesting to collect more x-rays if local member were interested.
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