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Parasites?

Postby Bmjo » Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:37 pm

I bought a baby bearded dragon about 3 months ago and she has gained maybe 15 grams and now she is starting to lose weight and I am taking her in for a fecal test on friday because I am pretty sure she has parasites and I messaged the woman I bought her from about it and she left my message on opened. So I'm guessing she already knew but sold her to me anyway
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Re: Parasites?

Postby Linzloohoo » Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:31 am

Is she still eating? Active and alert? The weight loss is concerning especially for a little one. A fecal is a good idea. My guy was just diagnosed with parasites also but he is larger and 6 months old. Just a word of advice, if the fecal comes back with High counts do not take Albon from the vet. I did and now my guy is lethargic and won’t eat. It is harsh on their system. You want ponazuril, which I have ordered online.
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Re: Parasites?

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:50 am

Please post pics of tank and lighting --- https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ click on XIMG at top of message box and then the pic-------------- most times it has everything to do w/ lighting and basking temps --- what are the basking temps and how are you taking them? infrared heat gun stick ons or digital probe? basking temps should be 105-110 for a baby --- if you believe he has parasites which I am wondering since he is so young I would take a fecal in before you take him in -- see if you can drop a sample off to be tested first then go from there -- but you need to get your lighting in order so we need to rule it out --- what does his poop look like --- runny ? it should be formed dark and moist same w/ the urate white formed and moist ------------- does the smell drive you from the room? that is another sign of parasites --- and hes losing weight that is a sign of parasites as well --- what is he eating and what are you feeding him ???? he should be eating as many insects in a 10 minute time span dusted w/ calcium D3 5 x per week w/ vitamins 2 x per week and a salad of greens offered every morning
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Re: Parasites?

Postby Bmjo » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:30 am

Linzloohoo wrote:Is she still eating? Active and alert? The weight loss is concerning especially for a little one. A fecal is a good idea. My guy was just diagnosed with parasites also but he is larger and 6 months old. Just a word of advice, if the fecal comes back with High counts do not take Albon from the vet. I did and now my guy is lethargic and won’t eat. It is harsh on their system. You want ponazuril, which I have ordered online.

Yes she is still eating and she is active and alert. I feed her crickets and horned worms. Her basking temps may have dropped a little bit due to the weather being colder by me. I will post pics when I get off work thank you all
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Re: Parasites?

Postby Linzloohoo » Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:08 am

Horn worms are not a staple, they are all water. Good for hydration but not very nutritious. Crickets are ok. How many is she eating? Other choices are Dubia roaches, bfsl, silkworms. Is she getting salads? They should consist of dark leafy greens like collards/mustards/turnips and veggies like carrots/squash/bell pepper.
Are you letting here eat as many crickets as she wants in a 15-20 minute time period 2 to 3 times a day? Offering salads everyday?
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Re: Parasites?

Postby Bmjo » Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:38 am

Linzloohoo wrote:Horn worms are not a staple, they are all water. Good for hydration but not very nutritious. Crickets are ok. How many is she eating? Other choices are Dubia roaches, bfsl, silkworms. Is she getting salads? They should consist of dark leafy greens like collards/mustards/turnips and veggies like carrots/squash/bell pepper.
Are you letting here eat as many crickets as she wants in a 15-20 minute time period 2 to 3 times a day? Offering salads everyday?

Yes I do know they are not a staple she eats probably 10-15 I try to give her salads when I can but most of the time they just sit and get dry I've tried almost every green under the sun she is not a fan
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