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Blocked femoral pores?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:16 am
by ewarwoowar
My dragon has been lethargic for the past month. He's a 9 year old Male beardy called Charmander.

We took him to the vet and he was given metronidazole due to parasites in his fecal sample. We visited two vets and neither of them noticed the pores.

He had a week of the medicine, daily at I 0.375cc/ml orale dosage. I provided a fecal sample 1 week after ending treatment and his poo sample came back clear. Great!

Except, he is still lethargic and won't even walk over to his food bowl.

Tonight, I stumbled along some posts regarding femoral pores which I hadn't even read about. I checked his femoral pores and to me it looks like they're blocked. I've given him a 15 minute soak at 97f but they're still very solid. I'm finding it hard to find a reference picture for healthy looking femoral pores, can someone chime in on whether these are in fact clogged?

Enclosure/Diet details:
Arcadia Halogen 50w
Arcadia 12% D3+
Basking spot 105F surface temp, 105-110F air temp
Cool end 76-84F depending on the day
Can get to around 12" to the UVB bulb
Vegetables: Spring greens, butternut squash, rocket, blueberries/strawberries/grapes (Treats), radish
Insects: Mainly Dubia roaches but sometimes we get locusts or calci worms in to mix it up.
EDIT: Calcium every feed on weekdays and Saturday. Vitamins 1 day on the weekend.

Thanks in advance! ... _large.jpg

Re: Blocked femoral pores?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:31 am
by ewarwoowar
anyone? :cry:

Re: Blocked femoral pores?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:36 am
by Birdy
I don't really know, but they look fine to me... They look like my BDs pores, but just the same I'm don't know much about these things. Can he get around and stuff? From what I've read they get clogged when they can't move around, like if they have MBD for instance, but I don't for sure if there is other instances too.
I wish you well and your BD too!

Re: Blocked femoral pores?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:39 am
by ewarwoowar
Hi Birdy,

Thanks for posting :D

It's the central ones near the vent I'm more worried about as they poke out quite a bit. He doesn't move all that much now he's an adult and today he has spent the last 5.5 hours standing on his basking spot with his mouth slightly open.

I'm going to continue to bath him every day for the next 4 days to see if there is any visible improvement.

Lets hope someone with more experience is able to provide some input so we are more aware in the future :D

Re: Blocked femoral pores?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:10 am
by Birdy
Yes! Let me know what happens!
Have a good day!!! :D

Re: Blocked femoral pores?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:54 pm
by CooperDragon
Those don't look too bad. The warm soaks are a good idea if he likes baths. That often helps loosen the plugs up. The pores don't look too blocked to me though so it's probably not a big issue.

Re: Blocked femoral pores?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:38 pm
Hi there, those are perfectly fine , nothing to worry about there. :)

Re: Blocked femoral pores?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:21 am
by ewarwoowar
Thanks, everyone! I was just worried about the central ones as they were quite pointy.

We will continue baths, probably every other day for a week to see for any improvement then just return to normal regular baths. :D