Diet

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Re: Diet

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:12 am

Keep track of the weight --- like weigh her every week follow it and see if shes losing it weekly -- if shes not losing it weekly then start w/ every 2 weeks -- you dont want her down so far and not know how fast shes losing it -- if she continues to lose weight and is eating a lot or normal amounts something is going on and you would need to get her into the vet --- she should be sustaining her weight -- shedding is not going to cause them to lose weight if they are eating normally -
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Re: Diet

Postby Deabrua » Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:16 am

I should rephrase two of my last messages. She is still as eager as ever to eat as many insects as Ill give her, but she's not eating greens as much. She used to finish off an overfilled food dish of mixed greens, now she's eating maybe half of what she used to in greens. It's note worthy that her diet was changed from primarily insects to primarily greens as she was still on daily insects in March/April, but she didn't start slowing down on greens till... Whenever I last mentioned it here.

Edit: less than two weeks ago is when she slowed on eating greens
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Re: Diet

Postby Deabrua » Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:14 pm

She's lost an additional 9g in two weeks. Down from 436g on March 10 to 394g on July 31. Daily insects again? Instead of 3-4 days per week?

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Re: Diet

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:14 pm

Have you had her fecal checked for parasites? If she is losing weight I would do that - I dont think they will gain weight w/ salads but she should sustain it - insects are protein and w/ her eating the insects I would think shes gonna sustain it - I recommend getting a fecal in and have it tested --- go from there Do you have a reptile vet? here is a website to help you find one
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I am going to have Tracie look at your post
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Re: Diet

Postby Deabrua » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:16 pm

There is a reptile vet in the area that she's been to twice before. I'll have to dig around to find which vet it was at.

Edit: reminder that april was when she went from daily insects to 3ish days per week.
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Re: Diet

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:03 pm

Let's see what Tracie thinks - she's our vet tech
She's on late at nite
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Re: Diet

Postby Drache613 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:09 pm

Hello,

She is over 2 years of age? Usually they need less protein when they get older but more
vegetation. If she is losing weight, then you can definitely get a fecal done to be sure it isn't
worms or parasites causing weight loss.
How many insects, on average, do you give her weekly? Technically, they can have 40-50
insects weekly or as monitored to continue & maintain her weight. She looks good, overall.
Maybe she isn't eating enough, that is also possible, too. You can start trying to give some
baby food to her, to help supplement her diet right now.

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Re: Diet

Postby Deabrua » Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:15 pm

She is a couple weeks short of 2 years, she was born some time between Aug 20-25 2018. She has 51 crickets per week, swaps to dubias if they're available. She's back to eagerly eating greens, she slowed down on them for a short while. She's still 9g lighter than that point though.
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Re: Diet

Postby Deabrua » Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:40 am

Update: fecal test comes back tomorrow. She weighed 396g around a week ago and now weighs 401g again. Vet noted she's in good shape aside from being a little thin and needs more hydration. Going to increase humidity in tank as it's a little low and wait on the test to come back.

Side note: we have a major discrepancy in records with the vet. I have her marked at:
436g on March 10
418g on April 17
403g on July 17
396g on July 31
392g on August 7

Vet has her marked for 400g on February 21 and 400g on August 7. Im curious if they're using a scale that only goes down to 0.1kg.
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Re: Diet

Postby Deabrua » Fri Aug 28, 2020 7:25 pm

Update: Nothing showed up in fecal test, physical exam went well. Showing 413g on August 28th.
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