Vet won't treat parasites

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Vet won't treat parasites

Postby jman101 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:17 am

Hi all,

I am going to one of the best reptile vets in the Toronto area and my bearded dragons fecal came back with 3 types of parasites. However, the vet says new best practices is that it’s better not to treat the parasites and that almost all the bearded dragons they see have some sort of parasites. They will only treat the parasites if my bearded dragon looks/is very sick/unhealthy.

What are your thoughts on this should I let my bearded dragon be or pressure them to treat him? Also wondering if your vets have given you similar advice?
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Re: Vet won't treat parasites

Postby kmwilson042182 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:25 am

My understanding is that they should not be treated unless the parasite load is above a certain level. If the dragon is otherwise healthy, happy and gaining or maintaining weight, then sometimes the treatment can do more harm than good. I am by no means an expert though, so would also like to hear some of them chime in.
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Re: Vet won't treat parasites

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:53 am

I agree dragons have natural parasites in their intestine- I took Hiccup in to the vet last fall and he came back w/ a low count however my vet wanted to treat so since Hiccup was not acting sick /lethargic I got TracieDrache613 second opinion - the med percribed would of done more harm than good - so I opted out not to give the med -- he has been fine every since --- I just kept an eye on him and his behavior
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Re: Vet won't treat parasites

Postby vrenee1018 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:58 am

That is my understanding as well.

I took Tampico to the vet last year because she WAS sickly and lethargic. She came back with a HIGH count of pinworms, which the vet gave meds for. However, she did say that all beardies have some form of parasites in their system, and that the meds will treat the high count, but will not cure completely and as long as she returned to her normal self, it was not necessary to keep giving medication if their is a low county of worms.
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