Bearded Dragon Post-Treatment Recovery

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Bearded Dragon Post-Treatment Recovery

Postby ccousins » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:36 am

Hi,

My bearded dragon was recently treated for a slight-high level of parasite.

The treatment was successful and has left his system.

Unfortunately, he has behaved pretty erratic ever since.

He isn't really eating and his beard is dark quite alot.

Does anyone have any ideas of how i can get him to eat his locusts again?

Thanks!
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Re: Bearded Dragon Post-Treatment Recovery

Postby AHBD » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:48 am

Hi there, what med. was used + how long ? Did he fight it when you gave it to him ? He's probably just stressed from the ordeal and/or his tummy is not feeling too great. Just give it some time, in the meanwhile you can offer non dairy soy yogurt as a pro biotic. Be sure he's hydrated too.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Post-Treatment Recovery

Postby ccousins » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:04 am

My vet called the parasite Coxie. I tried googling it, but couldnt find anything so i assume its an abbreviation. The medicine was Sulfatrim.

He was treated for a week, than had a week without treatment where his appetite was coming back. Tested his poop again and there was still remaining parasite, so we had another week of treatment.

He's hiding in darker areas of his tank and curling up like hes trying to sleep. Has me a bit worried.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Post-Treatment Recovery

Postby AHBD » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:08 am

That would be coccidia. The sulfa drugs are harsh and they often wipe out the appetite. If you ever have to deal with coccidia again go to a vet that will prescribe toltrazuril [ ponazuril ] It usually works in 2-3 doses at the most. Try the soy yogurt for now and a little bit of squash baby food. He should get his appetite back after a while. Keep him hydrated because the sulfa drugs are hard on the kidneys.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Post-Treatment Recovery

Postby Claudiusx » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:10 am

The sulfa drugs are pretty tough on their system. He could definitely be upset from them. Definitely try to get some probiotics in him and some hydration if you can.

It was most likely coccidia that was found. But there are better treatments for coccidia imo.

Edit: D'oh AHBD beat me to it

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Re: Bearded Dragon Post-Treatment Recovery

Postby ccousins » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:12 am

Ok, i'll try the yoghurt. I hear manuka honey can have the same effect?

He's getting regular baths so hydration shouldnt be an issue.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Post-Treatment Recovery

Postby Claudiusx » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:15 am

Manuka honey wont really have the probiotic benefit that the soy yogurt or other non dairy probiotics would have. The goal is to restore the good gut flora to hopefully help his tummy start to feel better again.

Baths will only be good for hydration if he drinks in them, if he doesnt drink in the bath, you'll want to try dripping water on his nose to get him to drink. Or spray his salads down well.

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Re: Bearded Dragon Post-Treatment Recovery

Postby ccousins » Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:01 pm

Gave him some soy yoghurt there now. Will wait and see if he improves much tomorrow. Sleep time for him now.

How often should i give him it?

Thanks for the advice.
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