Glenn: Axolotl foreign body removal

Glenn captured all our hearts after having a foreign body removed from his stomach today!

This little axolotl came in to see Dr Catherine yesterday when his owner noticed a dark spot on his side. Upon examination and swab for culture and sensitivity testing, it was revealed that the origin of this spot was actually a bit of artificial plant protruding from inside his stomach and out of the body wall.

We are pleased to report that Glenn did very well during his anaesthetic and has now been discharged home after having the offending “plant” removed. We wish him a speedy and uneventful recovery at home.

Axolotls are known to sometimes ingest foreign bodies due to their “voracious” eating style, but usually this is substrate like gravel or stones that they’ve picked up from the bottom of their set-up. Small foreign bodies can sometimes be regurgitated or pass through the gastrointestinal tract without issue. However, in this case, surgical removal and repair of his stomach wall was needed.