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Old 03-07-2014, 11:06 PM
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Default Rankin dragon brumating in summer

My rankin dragon brumated over the winter for 2-3 months, I forget for how long. I encouraged him to wake up early as he was losing a lot of weight, and he eventually woke up properly and started eating and putting on weight.

A couple of months ago, he started to show signs of brumation, although he was still eating quite well.

I've left him alone for up to a week at a time since then in his cave fully asleep to get it out of his system but he won't snap out of it! He's had a new bulb put in for a week or so (Arcadia 12% T5) but it hasn't made any difference.

Now he doesn't want to eat at all and just wants to sleep.

It's really difficult for me to get to a reptile vets so I don't know what to do with him!
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:09 PM
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What are your temps like?
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:54 PM
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Temps are 35c at warm end. He really doesn't like it any warmer otherwise he moves to the cold end and stays there. Typically, he sits in the middle of the tank all day which gets to around 30-32c.
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Old 05-07-2014, 06:13 PM
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He shouldn't be losing "a lot" of weight during brumation so I'd suggest having a faecal sample done to test for parasites. Could quite easily explain the lethargy also. In the meantime you can try reptoboost or avipro to help simulate appetite. Critical care formula has worked really well for me in a similar situation but I wouldn't advise using it without veterinary help first.
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Agreed, an animal that loses a lot of weight has issues of some kind that need investigation.
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Thanks for the advise guys! He has been poorly with parasites in his gut in the past which he recieved treatment for so maybe it's blown up again. I've just found out there's a vet clinic in my town that now does reptiles so will be taking him there this in the next couple of days hopefully
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I took Freddy to the vets today and he has coccidia and pinworms again. Probably started up again during brumation last winter. So he is on two different meds now for at at least 2-4 weeks plus the avipro.

Is there anything else I can do for him to make him more comfortable or should I keep his viv set up the same?
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:55 PM
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Awww not surprised he is feeling awful. Keep his viv set up the same he does not need stress on top of everything else.
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Provide a probiotic alongside the antibiotic. Antibiotics don't just attack the bad but will kill off all the good bacteria too which can cause other issues and often suppress appetite. I've seen lizards get in to worse conditions after antibiotics when a probiotic isn't used alongside.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:59 PM
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Thanks for your posts. We've just got him some reptoboost today. I mixed some with some CGD and he seemed to like it.

I feel really bad I didn't take him to the vets earlier :-(
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