Tail slip has only one treatment and that is amputation of the part of the tail that has rotted away due to exposure. Your veterinarian will perform the surgery, and in most cases the affected gerbil will completely recovery. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent secondary bacterial infections once the initial treatment has been accomplished.
Your veterinarian will advise you in the proper post-operative care of your gerbil. The main post-surgical treatment is regular cleansing of the tail stump to prevent opportunistic infections from occurring.
This type of damage can be prevented by ensuring that you never pick your gerbil up by its tail or handle the tail unnecessarily.
The ability to create a disease where a disease might not normally be found, usually due to an ill timed or unlikely weakness
The process of removing all or part of a body part; usually refers to a limb (arm or leg) and is done for medical reasons.