I just re-read your OP, and unfortunately, that yellow liquid was most likely also in relation to being gravid..
Okay wow that’s really good to hear that she might not be in as bad of shape as I thought.
She’s about 5 and has never laid eggs before but I did bring that up to my vet. I was worried she might be experiencing yolk peritonitis or something serious like that because of the fluid in her abdomen. They told me once they have fluid in the abdomen it means something is very wrong. Could being gravid cause fluid in the belly? She also told me she doesn’t think it’s eggs because she thought the fluid test would come back with very high protein levels. But she was not sure about any of it and was going to consult with a specialist, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she was wrong.
I do have two x rays I will attach. One from last Thursday and one from yesterday. They said they couldn’t see much in the X-ray because of all the fluid. But they also gave her an ultrasound when they were draining some of the stomach fluid and couldn’t see any eggs. I will definitely give her a lay box as you suggested, I guess my question now is when should I start being worried about a more serious problem like preovulatory stasis or yolk peritonitis? I’ve just read a lot of horror stories about it and how it can kill dragons so quickly if you don’t do something about it in time. A few weeks ago she was digging and hiding a lot which made me suspect she could have eggs, but I had also just given her a loose substrate for the first time in a while so I thought maybe she was just not used to it. She’s also been avoiding her basking spot which is not like her. And I noticed that her stomach looked bigger on one side than it did the other.
But the results of the fluid test definitely scared me, they made it seem like it was something very very bad, like heart failure or cancer. Also do you think I should hold off on giving her calcium for a while because he levels are so high?
Again, thank you so much for your input!!!
@Drache613Hi Brandon! Okay wow thank you for telling me that I had no idea. I will definitely stop the fluids then because she did poop this morning and it wasn’t chalky at all. Actually quite slimey, looked like mucus. I can’t tell if the urate is discolored because of the mucus covering it, but I did take a picture if that would be helpful. It’s definitely not normal looking. I’m still waiting on some of his blood work but I will attach what I have so far. I do think I was over supplementing him which I feel so terrible about. I wasn’t aware that was even possible and I was taking bad advice from someone who I thought knew best. His calcium levels were extremely high. I’m just really worried about the fluid in his belly and whats causing it. The bloodwork that came back so far was very confusing to my vet but she said it looked like kidney failure, so she’s waiting to receive the rest and she’s going to consult with a reptile specialist at the lab. I plan to take her to an exotic vet once I receive the rest of the blood work anyway. I also received the fluid testing but they said they needed to run further tests on that as well which should be back by Tuesday at the latest but I will attach that aswell. She does seem like she feels good today she has tons of energy and a better appetite than yesterday. Also looks like her eyes have perked up a little. Thank you so much for your help, really I appreciate it so much
Hi Brandon,Hi Emma,
How are things going?
Thats great!!!! Sounds like she is on her way to recoveryHi Brandon,
Truman is doing great, (not sure if u told you her name yet but it’s Truman lol). The last few days have been crazy but I managed to find a great exotic vet and she actually had to perform an emergency ovariectomy on Truman. She had yolk peritonitis and it was very bad. They suspected it had been going on for a long time and were shocked that Truman wasn’t much much more ill from the infection. She has also shocked me and the doctors with how great she’s doing recovery wise. We’re only two days post op and she’s back to eating like a horse and full of energy! Couldn’t be happier with her progress so far, but of-course we’re not completely out of the woods yet. Thank you for your help!!
Thank you so much!! I definitely will !Hi Emma,
That is great news. Surgery is never great news, but the proper diagnosis and recovery are!
Truman is a fighter. It helps having a human that cares also. Keep us updated on her progress
Yes she is! Can’t wait for her to be fully recovered!!Thats great!!!! Sounds like she is on her way to recovery