Not eating

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Re: Not eating

Postby AHBD » Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:41 pm

Hi there, well Karrie covered a lot of the questions that could be helpful in determining what's up with your boy. He does look a bit sluggish. Does he have loose substrate and are there fake plants in the tank ? Just to rule out possibility of impaction. It might also be related to an excess of D3 . Dragons that have a strong uvb bulb can be given calcium w/out D3 twice a week but the calcium with D3 only once a week . So eliminate the cal. w/D3 for a while, about 2 weeks, then introduce it only once a week lightly and use regular calcium powder w/out D3 very lightly twice a week. BTW, do you have a meter to read the uvb output ?
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Re: Not eating

Postby Drache613 » Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:32 am

Hello,

I agree, since you are using a stronger UVB light, I would recommend using calcium with no
D3 added. The fat soluble vitamins such as D3 can build up in the system & become toxic.
I was noticing that his fingers appear a bit swollen on the ends of a few of them. That could
be pseudo gout coming on which is essentially brought on by supplemental issues.
Is he getting much oral fluids or does he eat vegetation at all right now? I would start him on
some slurries a few times per week to get some vegetation & fluids into him. Use just calcium
without any D3 added as well.

Let us know how he is doing.
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Re: Not eating

Postby tierneymayette » Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:59 am

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Re: Not eating

Postby tierneymayette » Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:03 pm

Hi everyone, here is a photo of his urate from today...[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Not eating

Postby tierneymayette » Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:39 pm

AHBD wrote:Hi there, well Karrie covered a lot of the questions that could be helpful in determining what's up with your boy. He does look a bit sluggish. Does he have loose substrate and are there fake plants in the tank ? Just to rule out possibility of impaction. It might also be related to an excess of D3 . Dragons that have a strong uvb bulb can be given calcium w/out D3 twice a week but the calcium with D3 only once a week . So eliminate the cal. w/D3 for a while, about 2 weeks, then introduce it only once a week lightly and use regular calcium powder w/out D3 very lightly twice a week. BTW, do you have a meter to read the uvb output ?



I have a few live plants in his enclosure that are non toxic if ingested and also have somewhat of a bioactive setup currently. The substrate is a mixture of play sand, organic topsoil, and excavator clay. Also i do not have a solar meter to measure the UVB output.
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Re: Not eating

Postby tierneymayette » Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:40 pm

Drache613 wrote:Hello,

I agree, since you are using a stronger UVB light, I would recommend using calcium with no
D3 added. The fat soluble vitamins such as D3 can build up in the system & become toxic.
I was noticing that his fingers appear a bit swollen on the ends of a few of them. That could
be pseudo gout coming on which is essentially brought on by supplemental issues.
Is he getting much oral fluids or does he eat vegetation at all right now? I would start him on
some slurries a few times per week to get some vegetation & fluids into him. Use just calcium
without any D3 added as well.

Let us know how he is doing.
Tracie



currently he will not eat anything whatsoever, but is drinking plenty of water (about once every day/other day). How could i get him to eat if he is refusing to eat? Should i try and feed him with a syringe?
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Re: Not eating

Postby Drache613 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:23 am

Hello,

Yes, you can get a plastic dropper or syringe to feed him with by dripping the food onto the end
of his nose. He will need some type of nutrition & hydration, too.
How is he doing today?

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Re: Not eating

Postby NuggetsMama » Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:29 am

I’m in a similar situation with my little guy - here’s some tips on eating & hydrating

Water I give via syringe . I just put the tip in the groove under his top lip and apply light pressure and eventually (with lots of patience) he’ll begin to lick it up and I just slowly drop it in as he licks

I do the same with a slurrie I made - try to stick to veggies lower in protein.. I add LOTS of greens.. like 5-6 handfuls, a couple pieces of squash and about 1/3 of a mango to make it tasty. Then just add a few feeder bugs , I usually add 10-15 as the slurrie lasts about a week

I’m still learning & this forum & Tracie have been a great help !! So if anyone has anything to add/ correct feel free. But this method has been working as far as keeping My guy fed & hydrated
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Re: Not eating

Postby tierneymayette » Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:09 am

Thank you so much for your help! I am going to try that slurry later today!
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