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    Silver Arowana Broken Jaw !!!

    Discussion in 'Freshwater Diseases and Health Issues' started by KevinJ, Nov 6, 2018.

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    What to do?

    1. Perform surgery to repair jaw

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    2. Leave it alone and hope for the best

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    1. KevinJ

      KevinJ Feeder Fish

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      57BF9397-7F1B-4A48-8402-17A3EF2C6494.jpeg 57BF9397-7F1B-4A48-8402-17A3EF2C6494.jpeg 57BF9397-7F1B-4A48-8402-17A3EF2C6494.jpeg F6EAC4A3-E3DF-4751-8089-17AA28F9E4E4.jpeg 70683DBA-2401-4262-853F-3215A4A34DC6.jpeg 90CF2251-924E-45F1-8930-75BACBE690B4.jpeg 8FF99147-619B-4C7C-B464-0A83D82AD7A3.jpeg I have a 16 inch silver arowana. About a month ago I found it with the jaw bent, not sure what happened or how it happened. It must’ve gotten startled and tried jumping up and hit the lid or ran into the glass.
      I need advice on what to do?
      It is still eating fine with no issues. However my concern is that when it closes its jaw it pushes the eye slightly up every time it breaths and I’m afraid long term it can cause damage or an infection. I have seen surgeries performed on broken jaws where a brace the shape of the jaw it’s used to bring it back to the same shape and it’s stiched to the mouth for a few weeks. anesthetics is used to put the fish to sleep of course. I will attach some pictures but I’m guessing it will require to break the jaw back in shape to attach the brace. Before I attempt to do this my self are there any locations in Long Island New York where they will perform something like this or anyone with experience who is willing to attemp the surgery if necessary?
       
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      idk just do stitches and leave em be?
       
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      I had this issue with my killifish and I just let it be and he is fine, his mouth is a bit crooked but he is still eating fine. I don't know about this one though because of the eye issue . As long as he is eating it's not an emergency, if I were you I'd just leave it be for now unless you notice any further issues.
       
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      Are you sure that it's actually broken, and not just dislocated?
       
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      Yeah I'm pretty sure. Looking at the jaw of an arowana, the mouth looks shaped like a "V" shape. He is able to open and close it normally. If it was dislocated it should be partially or fully open without the ability to close.
       
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      Yeah I agree, it was my plan all along since it is eating fine. Until I noticed how the bent corner its scrapping agains the eye and its moving the eye when the mouth is closed.
       
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      Health issues belong in the Freshwater Diseases and Health Issues sub forum. @Chicxulub@Chicxulub
       
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      What do you mean when you say his eye is moving everytime he is breathing and eating? I don't know if that could really cause much of an infection or anything, but assuming he is eating I don't see why it isn't ok.
       

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