Went to the vet...still have questions

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Went to the vet...still have questions

Postby maddylemon » Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:25 pm

Hi everyone,
So I took Harry to the vet yesterday, as both a general checkup and due to a few concerns. Harry had an extremely long brumation, lasting from November to March. When he started to come out of it, he went completely off of food. Harry has always been an extremely picky eater, and due to his special needs, and he often is fed slurries. They are much easier for him to eat and I can be assured that he is getting all his nutritional needs met.
His current slurry recipe is 3 parts Oxbow Critical Care, 1 part Oxbow Carnivore Care, vegetable baby food, calcium with D3 powder, bee pollen, and a multivitamin added 2 times a week.
Due to be tight on money and everything looking good in regards to his normal behavior and husbandry, I held off on taking him to the vet.
We went to the vet yesterday and the vet didn't seem overly concerned by him. This vet only sees exotics and the group of vets is one of the best in the area. I was unable to get a fecal sample to bring in for her. She gave him a precautionary dosage of deworming meds for both pinworms and protozoa. He weighs 308 grams and is 18 inches long. He is about a year and a half. She did say that his neurological condition was definitely from his MBD earlier when I first got him. She says he looks very healthy now and doesn't have any signs that the MBD is still ongoing. She did say that he will continue to have difficulties his whole life and the best I can do is to make is make him comfortable
However, she did say something that confused me. She said he should be getting calcium 2 times a week? Everywhere I have looked this has not been the case.
Overall how does everything sound that she said/did? I am extremely overprotective when it comes to my baby so I just wanted to double check.
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Re: Went to the vet...still have questions

Postby kyleena29 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:44 am

If she is an adult she should be getting calcium a couple times a week and vitamins once per week. I would be against pretreating for parasites and just get a sample in when you can. Medications could further keep him from eating if he doesn't need them. I had a beardie quit eating on me for no apparent reason (later found out he's ADV positive but I can't say that was the cause). I had to hand feed him for pretty much a year. I started out with slurries and baby food. I felt he needed to eat what he's supposed to so I made him eat his bugs and veggies. I fed him roaches with tongs and I lowered his bottom lip on the side and slide the roach back and forth from the side to the tip of the snout along the teeth till he ate it. I don't know how long your beardie will refuse food but you could try moving onto his normal foods. I would still keep giving him a chance to eat on his own by offering it to him first. I was shocked when mine decided to eat. I thought I was going to have to forever force feed.
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Re: Went to the vet...still have questions

Postby Drache613 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:56 pm

Hello,

How is Harry doing today?
Does he seem to be doing ok after being medicated?
As an adult, he does need calcium at least 3 times per week to help maintain his structure.
If he has had metabolic bone disease in the past, he will likely need a little extra calcium.
Has he maintained his weight after brumation or is he losing some?
Please review your tank setup with us, such as the type/brand of UVB light, temperatures,
etc with us.
If you have any pictures of him along with his setup, feel free to post them. It helps us when
we can see the setup sometimes, too.

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