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Old 15-01-2009, 12:32 AM
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We have been given a very sick beardie to take care of as the owners little boy is very upset and asked us if we would take care of it as they think it is going to die and the little boy has had his pony put down this week and she was worried about him watching his dragon dying slowly.

Any way that is how we have come to have him. He is so thin that when you massage his tummy you can feel his spine through his belly and he is just lifeless and lethargic. We have bathed him and made him a mixture of food mulched up veg crickets etc and syringed it in to him and he has been licking a little bit of this and drinking it. The viv set up at the previuos owners house was good all the temps were ok but he was on sand. He did a bit of a calcium poo after we massaged his tummy incase we were dealing with impaction but he seem to be able to use his back legs when he musters up enough energy to do so for a couple of steps, so I am not sure if that is the problem. I was wondering if it could be parasites and wanted to know if anyone had any ideas on how we could treat this baby at home as I think that too much stress and moving around will kill it off. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Old 15-01-2009, 12:47 AM
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Vets.

Sorry but if its too much stress moving it then get a vet to come to you!

If you can feel its spine through its stomach it must be extremely emaciated, it would take at least a month to get in that conditon really, so why have they jsut now brought it to your attention? or not taken it to a vets?

It could be any number of things, crypto, worms, coccidia, anything really.
It needs to have full faecal work done, possibly blood tests and supplemented feeding with CCF and a mix of squashed fruit, veg and insects, along with plenty of calcium.

Is it showing any syptoms of MBD, apart from the weight loss and lethargy? such as bowed, twister or weak limbs? missing toes and receeded jaw?
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Old 15-01-2009, 12:54 AM
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no is does not look like calcium problem but we have made a home made remedy of cricket, veg fruit and calcium and are feeding often with a syringe. He was bought as a Christmas present so they have not had him long. I am just worried that if we transport him again as he only came to us tonight that he may die in transet or do you think a trip to the vets is worth the risk?
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Old 15-01-2009, 12:55 AM
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no is does not look like calcium problem but we have made a home made remedy of cricket, veg fruit and calcium and are feeding often with a syringe. He was bought as a Christmas present so they have not had him long. I am just worried that if we transport him again as he only came to us tonight that he may die in transet or do you think a trip to the vets is worth the risk?
He got to you didn't he? and he's hung on this long.
Seeing a vets is always worth the risk.
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Old 15-01-2009, 12:57 AM
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no is does not look like calcium problem but we have made a home made remedy of cricket, veg fruit and calcium and are feeding often with a syringe. He was bought as a Christmas present so they have not had him long. I am just worried that if we transport him again as he only came to us tonight that he may die in transet or do you think a trip to the vets is worth the risk?

100%..

u have to take him

its a bit like saying i know my kid needs a plaster cast for a broken arm but what if he falls and breaks his ankle on the way to hopspital.. you see.. youd stil take the kid.. no matter what the risk.. because you have to get whats wrong fixed

if this is something that needs medication ONLY a vet can diagnose and prescribe..

you cant make him well force feeding him.. he needs diagnosed and specialist care asap

it could be worms or parasites..

also force feeding wil heighten stress and wont cure infection.. disese or parasites etc..

a specialist vet will diagnose and treat him if he dies with u without u going to a vet.. u will always feel terrible.. at least u wil give him the best chance by getting him to the one place that can diagnose and treat... properly also stop with the banana.. its high in potasium and causes issues with calcium absorption.. so thats something u can at least eradicate over next wee while..



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Everything has been said already and like it was said he's hung in there to get to you so the guys a little fighter i would feel worse not taking him to the vets and him past away at least if he went on the way to the vets you know you were trying to do the best for him

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