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Pinworms and medication

Kora was diagnosed with an extreme case of pinworms 8/23/21
I have had her since January 2018 and she was bought as an adult. Maybe 2 or 3 years of age. So she’s around 5 or 6 now. She has been prescribed fenbendazole and required 5 dosages, once a day, for 5 days. Wait 10 days, repeat the procedure and bring a stool sample in.
We are currently on the second set of treatment. We waited 10 days and here we are. She hasn’t pooped since treatment was started 16 days ago. She for the first time ever today wasn’t interested in her live food, and her belly seems descended only sometimes, other times she feels light in weight. She sometimes goes to the floor of her aquarium and gapes. She’s not basking. She sometimes rubs her face and glass surfs. She once had blockage from bird seed substrate 2 years back but we got it out. Could she have been undiagnosed for coccidia? What is going on in her belly right now? I bought her a heat transmitter because i worried it wasn’t warm enough at night when we have the ac on. (Even though her heat lamp is on all night). Don’t know what to do, she has 90° baths daily which used to help her poop but now doesn’t seem to work. We take her outside on 75°+ days on her leash to enjoy the warm pavement or grass depending. She loves that. Her colors are all normal and bright orange. I will post a picture when I get home.
 

Drache613

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Hello,

Poor girl, it sounds she definitely has something going on there. Can you get another
fecal possibly? At least her beard isn't dark right now.
Has she ever laid eggs before?
That might be another remote possibility but I would consider a fecal check. Coccidia might
have been missed or even protozoans.
You are using a ceramic heat emitter for overnight?
Did you use any probiotics for her to use during & after treatments? Since she had a large
number of pinworms, it might have really affected her intestinal flora.

Let us know how she is doing.
Tracie
 

Charleighsdragom

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I was able to get a stool sample and brought it in today. Today marks her final day of treatment. She is on fenbendazole and her results came back the same. They said the medication basically did nothing and that her numbers are just as high as when she came in... so it was unaffective. I am expecting a phone call from the doctor tomorrow, he wasn't in today but they are thinking they are going to prescribe her a new medication. She is eating all her live insects, picky about fruits and veggies. Has no interest when she usually eats right out of my hand. I am so confused.. They diagnosed her with pinworms and the treatment did nothing.. any ideas? She has a heat emitter, it is working well for her. She wasn't prescribed with probiotics and they did not dianose coccidia or protozoans. They actually said they didn't detect any which makes me think they just didn't test for it.
 

Drache613

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Hello,

How is your dragon doing today?
Do you know which medication they are changing her to?
Did they say just how high the levels still were? I hate to see her overmedicated though.
I would definitely try to get her on some type of probiotic to help her system balance out
since she has been on a medication for awhile.
Do continue to use the ceramic heat emitter for her at night, just to be sure she stays a
bit warmer right now.
Has she been basking regularly?

Tracie
 

Charleighsdragom

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Yes she is basking and the heat emitter is always on, I change the amount of heat it puts off at night to higher when her basking light is off and I turn it lower when it is on during the day. She will be getting a new bulb (TEKIZOO Basking Spot Daylight Lamp UVA Heat Bulb 75W) tomorrow. Pyrantel pamoate is the new medication she is being prescribed and they said I can wait a little while in between. They said the pinworms are resistant to the fenbendazole. :|
 

Drache613

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Hello,

That is a common problem with drug resistance, so the Pyrantel pamoate should hopefully hit the
pinworms more effectively for her.
I hope she is feeling better. It is a great sign she is basking right now. How is her appetite doing
currently?
Keep us posted on her. Continue to keep her warmer overnight while she isn't 100% just to help
boost the immune system.

Tracie
 
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