White worms in Ziggy's poop!

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White worms in Ziggy's poop!

Postby Maddy5150 » Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:40 am

Ok hi so I'm terrified! Ziggy pooped like 20 minutes ago and as I was cleaning up I noticed a white worm in a piece of poop I was immediately scared and looked for more in the other pieces I found 2 more!! I don't know what I'm supposed to do! Is this going to hurt him? Could he die from this? I'm so scared.[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: White worms in Ziggy's poop!

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:12 pm

Are they moving? What has he been eating? They look a bit like undigested black soldier fly larvae. Parasitic worms aren't often visible with dragons but I see them often in other animals. If BSFL aren't part of the diet, keep a close eye on this and if it continues a vet visit may be a good idea.
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Re: White worms in Ziggy's poop!

Postby Maddy5150 » Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:19 pm

CooperDragon wrote:Are they moving? What has he been eating? They look a bit like undigested black soldier fly larvae. Parasitic worms aren't often visible with dragons but I see them often in other animals. If BSFL aren't part of the diet, keep a close eye on this and if it continues a vet visit may be a good idea.

Yes they are moving. He's been eating crickets and sometimes mealworms as a treat.
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Re: White worms in Ziggy's poop!

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:08 pm

If they are moving then they could be parasitic. Probably best to have a vet test a sample and treat as needed. Most parasitic infections are treatable without much issue. It's important to thoroughly clean and sanitize anything that comes in contact with poop in order to prevent re-infection.
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Re: White worms in Ziggy's poop!

Postby Maddy5150 » Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:13 pm

CooperDragon wrote:If they are moving then they could be parasitic. Probably best to have a vet test a sample and treat as needed. Most parasitic infections are treatable without much issue. It's important to thoroughly clean and sanitize anything that comes in contact with poop in order to prevent re-infection.

Ok thank you! What do you clean your beardies stuff with?
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Re: White worms in Ziggy's poop!

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:27 pm

I usually do most of the cleaning with vinegar spray and paper towels. Then once things are clean I sanitize with F10. If you don't have access to F10 (I would order a small bottle when you can) Rescue disinfectant from Virox is a good alternative. You can also sanitize surfaces using a steam cleaner if you have one of them.
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Re: White worms in Ziggy's poop!

Postby Maddy5150 » Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:37 pm

CooperDragon wrote:I usually do most of the cleaning with vinegar spray and paper towels. Then once things are clean I sanitize with F10. If you don't have access to F10 (I would order a small bottle when you can) Rescue disinfectant from Virox is a good alternative. You can also sanitize surfaces using a steam cleaner if you have one of them.

Awesome how often do you clean out the Viv?
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Re: White worms in Ziggy's poop!

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:07 pm

Whenever it gets soiled. My guy is trained to poop outside the enclosure (and he doesn't really spend much time there anyway) so it doesn't require frequent cleaning. You'll want to do a good clean and disinfect after every in the tank poop or food spill etc though. It shouldn't usually have a bad smell to it.
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Re: White worms in Ziggy's poop!

Postby Maddy5150 » Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:12 pm

CooperDragon wrote:Whenever it gets soiled. My guy is trained to poop outside the enclosure (and he doesn't really spend much time there anyway) so it doesn't require frequent cleaning. You'll want to do a good clean and disinfect after every in the tank poop or food spill etc though. It shouldn't usually have a bad smell to it.

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