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    I found a frog that appears to have been attacked by a cat, there are claw marks across his back and both his legs on his left side are fractured or broken. I think he is a Southern Leapord Frog. His left back leg is what worries me most, itís pretty bad. He still has feeling in his toes as far as I can tell. He is about 4 1/2 inches long if his legs were stretched out. Any advice? Should I amputate the leg and hope for the best or leave him be and hope it will heal on its own? It's broken where the knee would be on a person, so he wouldnít have to lose the whole leg. He is currently in a 10 gallon terrarium with hides/water and Iíve given him a little food. Please help!

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    Upate: Happy Easter! I amputated his (left back) leg today at the ‘ankle’. Please reply!!! No kidding I need help. Any advice is welcome! Can you recommend any products/supplies/treatments? PetSmart and Petco are in my area.

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    Poor guy. He's in pretty rough shape. If you own Neosporin without painkillers, you can dab that on some of the scratches to help prevent infection. Also try to keep things clean to help minimize the likelihood of infection, too. Otherwise, not sure what other advice to offer.

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    Thanks Bynny Ribbit, will do! I have tried to keep things as clean as possible and I am keeping him away from other animals as well.

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    Update: Frog is still alive!

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    Brought him inside cause it's cold. It would really stink if he froze to death after all this!

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    Can you provide a picture of the set up and frog though? That might help you out with his care.

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Size:  2.32 MBHe’s in a 10g tank with hide and water dish at room temp. I’m misting him once or twice a day.

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Size:  1.69 MBHere’s a pic of his leg. It doesn’t look infected to me, and it’s definitely cleaner than it would be in the wild.

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Size:  2.05 MBHere’s a better one of his leg.

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Size:  1.96 MBLook at that cute face!

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    Make sure you change to water everyday. Try giving him a bigger water dish. They're semi aquatic and you should probably let him learn how to swim again. Slowly add more water to his set up. I'd also get a take a bit larger in the future. The temp is good and the humidity probably is too. Just make sure you keep the wound clean and apply Neosporin (without painkillers) like Bynny Ribbit said. You've done a really good job.

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    Awesome! Thanks y'all for the great advice, I'll keep posting here to let you know how he's doing! He looks the best I've seen him this morning. The tissue around the amputation seems to be getting blood flow again, I think that's a good sign. The paper towel/simple setup is temporary, once the wound heals I'll give him a proper tank and a name. That's when he'll go from 'Patient' to 'Pet'!

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    Going to get him a bigger water dish now.

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    Aw, glad to see he's doing good. Keep it up!

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    I got a new (bigger) water dish and will post pics of it shortly. I also got crickets and mealworms, and have been dusting them with calcium powder. I remove the crickets' back (jumping) legs as they are spiny! He's getting plenty of natural sunlight as well.

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Size:  2.60 MBHere’s his new setup!

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    He's been coming out of his hide more which is good, but remember when I said that his left arm was fractured? Well it healed but now he can't use it very well and it kinda just sticks out to the side. It also has some hard swelling around the break point... Almost as if the bone itself was growing around it. Will he be like this for the rest of his life? Is this a problem? His amputation is looking very good.

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    About the amputation, is seems like he flesh is shrinking back a little as part of the healing process, leaving a little point of bone exposed. Should I remove it and will it cause him any pain if he walks on it?

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    You should remove the bone. It'll press against the skin when he moves and cause pain and sores. Make sure you numb him up. Is there any necrosis? Any drainage? When you remove the bone, go ahead and take something sharp against the leg tissues. It might help better if pink healthy tissue is exposed verses mostly dead tissue. The arm probably didn't heal right, but if it doest seem to be causing him any issues I'd just leave it. If you could somehow get an x-ray of that area, that would really help and you ideas. I know that might be practically impossible though.

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