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We have a green water dragon and we think he is not well. he has been off his food for a week and and looks thin. He isn't his normal lively self and and OH thinks he has seen black mites.
He could be a bit impacted but we have seen him poo and OH is putting him daily into the bath for a swim.

Should we take him to the vet? OH is about to deep clean the viv.
 

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If he's not eating he's stressed about something and if it's the mites then a trip to the vet to get something to clear them off. And if this don't work then check your viv temps humidity. Try an earth worm cos when mine was I'll the last time he couldn't help himself but eat it.
 

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Thanks for the replies.
He seems to have perked up (much brighter green) a little since we have cleaned out the viv. He is up at the glass and even though he is not jumping about, thats move lively than he was yesterday. Yesterday he was lying, facing downwards, on his branch half dead. He also went to sleep onto of his hide, when he always sleeps in it.
We have now found a specialist vet in Toulouse and our vet says we can take our cwd to him and he can ring the other vet if needed.

I am new to reptiles (OH has had CWD before) so I get easily worried, partcularly as we got two and the second one died very quickly after we got it.
 

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Well yesterday I though he was getting better. Although not quite his usual self, he was much more animated.
OH went and got some earthworms and he was about to try and eat one, when it stretched and freaked him out.
Today however he is all lethagic again. The new crickets arrived and I put a few in the viv. He opened his eye and stood up but hasn't eaten one yet.
I wish OH would just take him to the vet!!! I will try and force him to do it today. I think his reluctance is that we live out in the sticks in France and he doesn't think that the vey will be any good and it is a massive journey for us to go to the specialised vet in Toulouse.
 

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Well just phoned OH and said I was making an appointment whether he liked it or not.
We spoke to the vet before we got CWD and he said that it would be no problem and that he knew of the specialist. They are great vets and deal with all our other animals.
 

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If there was another one that died, that makes me think parasites.
Vets is deffinately a must.
Take a fresh fecal sample with you. Dont put it in the fridge because that kills off the bugs ur looking for lol.
If you suspect mites, Id get someone to totally blitz his viv while he's at the vet, so as not to stress him out. Get everything washed with VERY dilute bleach sollution and replace any substrate.
I had mites in my livefood once from some cabbage and within a couple of hours they were all over my dragon and his tank and my bedroom :/
I cleaned everything with bleach and hoovered up everything I could a dispossed of it all as quickly as poss.

Good Luck
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Hi Geckogirl.

The other one died when we first got them which is last year.
We did deep clean the viv a couple of days ago.
We did put in a bigger swmming area (litter tray) and that might be freaking him out.
We can't take a stool sample as he hasn't pooed for few days. Hes not eating at all. We have tried mealworms(normally his fav), earthworms (new to him) and crickets. Nothing. OH has been gently spraying his face (something he likes normally)so that he has water (hopefully).

Its just so worrying. A few weeks ago he looked fab! He had shed and looked very impressive. Now he is lying lifeless and tiny on the floor of the viv:sad:
 

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Seen from other posts that you like info in order to help.

Substrate is wood chip,
UV 5
red heat lamp 33 day time temo and 25 night time temp.

Dont have humidity measuring thing.

I don't know all the correct terms as its my OH lizard. He has had CWD before when he lived in the UK so is experienced keeper.
 

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Well we took Alan to the vet and he said that although he wasn't a specialist, he did have some experience with lizards. He thinks its a degestive infection so has given us some antiboitics. He said to try this for no longer than 2-3 days and that if he isn't looking better to take him to Toulouse. he confirmed the name of the specialist for us. He was very nice, as they always are (big practice) and even the receptionist wanted to come in a see him. he also told us to bring in his next poo so that he could check it out under the microscope.
When we left he asked us to keep him posted with Alan's progress. Whole thing cost 10e (bargin).
 
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