White Tongue

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White Tongue

Postby LMS72 » Thu May 03, 2012 9:21 am

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Hi,

My girl is about a year old. I noticed the other day that her tongue is white and it never used to be like that. I am a bit worried, but before I call the vet, I thought I would ask here. I read one article that said it was ok, just up her calcium, and then saw another that said go to the vet if this happens. She has definitely been sleepy over the last month or so, but she is still eating her salad and the bugs (crickets and reptiworms each once a week). She has definitely cut back alot on the food since I switched her over to salads more, but I figured this was normal since she isn't growing like she was. For salads I am giving her an assortment of collard, dandelion butternut and acorn squash etc. following the color coded table with the nutritional values that someone from this site gave me.

Her basking spot (with UVA) ranges from 95 to 110 depending on where she lays, and she has a UVB 10.0 reptisun fluorescent light (which I just changed out after 6 months). She is currently cozy in a 40 gallon breeder (I know please dont yell at me. I am trying to get her a 125 gallon).

What should I do about my girl?
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Re: White Tongue

Postby NightFury » Thu May 03, 2012 3:29 pm

is it just the tip or the whole tongue? A white tip is a normal thing
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Re: White Tongue

Postby LMS72 » Fri May 04, 2012 3:30 am

The whole tongue. I ended up taking her to the vet last night. He drew some blood and said she is most likely anemic. Hopefully its a dietary issue and not a blood parasite (which were the two options he gave me). Sadly, she has been struggling with this for awhile, so I hope whatever problem, its not too far gone and she will recover. I noticed she was super sleepy all the time for the last few weeks, and I wasn't sure if she was just brumating (first time beardie owner). Now that I finally saw her tongue, I know there was something wrong. She has moments of pep, but for the most part, she's very lethargic. My poor girl. :(

On the up side, she's not losing weight. She is up 200 grams from her last visit last November. Since I got her last August, she's gained over 400 grams!
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Re: White Tongue

Postby NightFury » Fri May 04, 2012 4:13 am

I'm sorry to hear that! I'm glad you have taken her to the vets though. I am keeping High hopes and happy thoughts for your girl, I'm sure she'll pull through after she gets the right treatment. Please keep us updated :)
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Re: White Tongue

Postby LMS72 » Tue May 08, 2012 3:57 am

Thankfully, her blood work came back completely normal. The vet was surprised that her levels were so good because he was sure she was anemic. He told me that sometimes a white tongue doesn't mean anything. I wonder if she's sleepy/lazy because her cage is a bit small for her and she's just bored all day waiting for me to come home. Could she be brumating? If not, any ideas how I can get her to pep up?
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