Spike’s Progress

Spider8ait1994

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Spike has just had his annual wellness exam today and its mostly pretty good news.
Still no signs of any masses either in his throat or elsewhere in his body and his weight is building back up nicely. At his heaviest he was around 553 grams and today weight around 527 grams. He had lost some weight over the course of being unwell with the tumor and recovery but he is gradually getting it back.
The vet said that hes doing incredibly well for a dragon whos estimated currently 9-10 years old And who'd been through the sorts of health issue he has.
We've been monitoring a small inflammation mass in one back corner of his mouth lately and theres no immediate concern with that. He'd also developed some swelling of his right eye which we investigated and there isnt any masses or redness present upon examination so the plan is to continue with what ive been doing for that which is applying Chloropt (AKA Chlorsig; Chloramphenicol 1%) to the eye daily as well as topically on the oral inflammation in addition to Meloxicam orally and just monitor how thats going.
All in all Spike is doing well, he actually graced the vet with a fresh poop sample in her sink so a faecal test was done which as we were expecting confirmed no issues with parasites.
Likewise his younger brother Puff also had his annual wellness exam and is also in great condition, estimated 6 years old now, very active and alert, not under or overweight and his weight was recorded at 472 grams which is ideal for his size taking into account he is missing some pieces being tail tip, all but one toe on a rear foot and all the spikes across the back of his head (suspected to have ended up in Spike's stomach while they were kept together by the original owners)
 

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Spike has just had his annual wellness exam today and its mostly pretty good news.
Still no signs of any masses either in his throat or elsewhere in his body and his weight is building back up nicely. At his heaviest he was around 553 grams and today weight around 527 grams. He had lost some weight over the course of being unwell with the tumor and recovery but he is gradually getting it back.
The vet said that hes doing incredibly well for a dragon whos estimated currently 9-10 years old And who'd been through the sorts of health issue he has.
We've been monitoring a small inflammation mass in one back corner of his mouth lately and theres no immediate concern with that. He'd also developed some swelling of his right eye which we investigated and there isnt any masses or redness present upon examination so the plan is to continue with what ive been doing for that which is applying Chloropt (AKA Chlorsig; Chloramphenicol 1%) to the eye daily as well as topically on the oral inflammation in addition to Meloxicam orally and just monitor how thats going.
All in all Spike is doing well, he actually graced the vet with a fresh poop sample in her sink so a faecal test was done which as we were expecting confirmed no issues with parasites.
Likewise his younger brother Puff also had his annual wellness exam and is also in great condition, estimated 6 years old now, very active and alert, not under or overweight and his weight was recorded at 472 grams which is ideal for his size taking into account he is missing some pieces being tail tip, all but one toe on a rear foot and all the spikes across the back of his head (suspected to have ended up in Spike's stomach while they were kept together by the original owners)
Thank you for the update, I've never met Spike or Puff but I still worry about them same as my own.
 

Drache613

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Hello,

That was a great update for them both.
I am so happy that there aren't any traces of any masses now so hopefully he will continue to improve & have a great quality of life!
At least he is gaining weight steadily & active.
I'm sure they are happy having their own tanks,
too!
Keep us updated on them both, anytime!

Tracie
 

Spider8ait1994

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Got some photo updates of Spike today.
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I recently upgraded his UVB bulbs so a T5 tube and reflector since I finally found a place here that actually had them in stock.
He’s definitely enjoying it and this morning I was outside getting some sun where he had a nice drink from his ‘pool’ and a splash around.
It’s good to see that in his older age he’s still somewhat active. Every couple of days I do gently move his arms and legs within their range of motion to help him keep from getting all stiff in his joints and that definitely seems to be helping him keep mobile.
 

Drache613

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Hello,

Thanks for the pictures. He sure looks alert there, very handsome.
I'm sure that he loves the new T5 tube over him now. At least he is improving & is still a bit active. I
hope that his joints are healing up also. Keep working with him, they are surprisingly resilient!

Tracie
 

xp29

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Got some photo updates of Spike today.
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I recently upgraded his UVB bulbs so a T5 tube and reflector since I finally found a place here that actually had them in stock.
He’s definitely enjoying it and this morning I was outside getting some sun where he had a nice drink from his ‘pool’ and a splash around.
It’s good to see that in his older age he’s still somewhat active. Every couple of days I do gently move his arms and legs within their range of motion to help him keep from getting all stiff in his joints and that definitely seems to be helping him keep mobile.
He looks very happy, his is an amazing story!
 

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