Not eating, sleeping a lot

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Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby Lorilyn » Mon May 14, 2018 4:29 pm

Since taking my baby to the vet she hasn’t been the same. She is about 6 months old, 17.25 inches and 339 grams. Usually she eats like a demon and now it’s a struggle to get her to eat 3-4 roaches a day when she was eating 40-50 per day. Her temps are all good, she pooped, but still doesn’t show interest in food. She has been very lazy and sleeps almost the entire day. Tonight I got her to eat 2 horn worms and 3 roaches, no greens (which she usually does eat daily). The only change is the vet gave her a de wormer for high pin worm count. This has been going on since Thursday. Getting a bit worried so any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby destiny1998 » Mon May 14, 2018 6:47 pm

Hi. A lot of times those reworked meds are hard on the system. Giving probiotics will help.
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby Lorilyn » Mon May 14, 2018 8:09 pm

Thank you. What probiotics do I give her?
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby Lorilyn » Wed May 16, 2018 3:32 pm

Thank you. I just placed the order. I hope it comes in soon. She still isn’t eating her bugs very well. She only ate her greens today and hasn’t moved from her spot on the rock since this afternoon. At this point I’m afraid to give the second dose I’m supposed to give her .17 ml of Albon tomorrow. Would I be a horrible mom if I don’t give it to her?
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby CooperDragon » Thu May 17, 2018 1:56 pm

In my opinion I would stop using Albon to treat pinworms. That is a very harsh medication and I don't like to use it at all. There are meds available that are easier on their systems, especially for pinworms (Panacur/Fenbendazole). In a lot of cases if the count isn't super high then vets opt not to treat pinworms as they are often manageable in a healthy dragon and don't cause issues.
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby Lorilyn » Thu May 17, 2018 2:14 pm

Thank you for your response. I won’t give her the second dose. She is so not herself. She doesn’t even want to come out like she usually does. I got her to eat 3 Dubai’s, and 2 small super worms (first time giving her the super worms but was hoping something different would help spark her interest in eating) and she ate some collard greens and chard. Before the vet she was eating 2 bowls of greens and about 40-50 Dubia (and looking for more) every day.
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby CooperDragon » Thu May 17, 2018 2:23 pm

I would try offering her as much water as she will take (in small batches at a time spread out across the day). The extra hydration will help flush her kidneys and protect them from damage from the meds.
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby Lorilyn » Thu May 17, 2018 3:07 pm

I have never seen her drink. Not in her baths, not when I mist the inside of her tank, and not even when I put drops of water on her nose. I guess she’s just not a drinker. So I have always given her her salads with lots of water on it. Do you think that should be ok still or should I try and somehow get her to take more water?
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby CooperDragon » Thu May 17, 2018 4:47 pm

No don't force it. If she isn't licking the water when you drip it on her nose then she probably has enough from food which is fine. You might want to keep offering it but don't worry if she refuses.
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby Lorilyn » Sat May 19, 2018 1:56 pm

Ok the Probiotics surprised me and came in today! I gave her half the dropper. Should I give her more tomorrow also? She ate a bit more than she has this past week. 2 superworms and about 10 Dubia (this was before the medicine came in) I hope this helps.
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby Lorilyn » Mon May 21, 2018 4:03 pm

She Decided today she is only eating super worms and a salad. I gave her another dose of the fruity stuff I bought from bugs de lite that you recommend and when I checked her temps her basking spot was at 115. Thinking maybe now that winter seems to be over I might need to go from 150 watts to maybe 75. And cool side was at about 90 so maybe more shade for her. Being a Beardie Mommy is worrisome work! But so worth it when she snuggles in my neck.
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby CooperDragon » Tue May 22, 2018 1:36 pm

Usually half of the dropper a day is plenty. You don't need to offer a ton of it but it's good that she likes it. I'd keep offering it for a couple of weeks.

Lighting can get tricky as the seasons change and adjustments should be made. I like keeping my fixtures on adjustable stands so I can raise/lower the lights to make adjustments. If you have a fixed top on the tank then it might be easier to use a dimmer to cut a little power. You can also try some different bulb wattages as you mentioned. Just need to keep tweaking it until the temps are back into a good range.
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby Lorilyn » Tue May 22, 2018 3:29 pm

I just want to say THANK YOU very much CooperDragon for all of your help and advise these past 3 months. I truly believe without you and the others on this forum I wouldn’t have Biggie Smalls still. It has been an eye opening experience so far that I would not trade for anything! From my PetSmart, been tricked into buying this thing now what do I do.....to becoming a little friend who would rather be on my shoulder and hand fed little princess. I would never have thought in a million years. So Miss Biggs (formerly Mr. Biggie Smalls) sends you a great big Beardie kiss to thank you for most likely saving her life.
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Re: Not eating, sleeping a lot

Postby CooperDragon » Tue May 22, 2018 7:51 pm

My pleasure. I've been there and understand. These little guys are special for sure. That's a great photo of her!
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