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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years and I have worked with Dragons over 40 years.
I need to ask some questions to best assist you.
What type of Reptile?
Can you tell me about the set up?
UVB light, linear tube or compact coil, strength and brand?
Temps in basking area, ambient temps and cool side?
Can you give me detail on you lights? UVB light, linear tube or compact coil, strength and brand?
Thank you, ***** ***** know if the coil is a 5.0, 8.0 or 10.0 and how old is it ?
First think I need to tell you is the All living things lights are dangerous and I suggest they be replaced There have been reports of the lights exploding and hurting the Dragons.
The Dragon is showing signs of MBD. This is usually because of calcium not being metabolized in the body. WE call this problem MBD Metabolic Bone Disease. You can read more about MBD here:
The UVB bulb I suggest is a Reptisin 10.0 linear tube that runs the length of the tank to supply adequate UVB rays. The Dragon will need to see a Herp Vet and I can locate some with a State.
In the mean time I would like to start some first aid by doing a thereputic soak in a 50/50 Pedialyte and warm water add a pinch of calcium to it. Make it a shallow soak to rehydrate him. You will need to support him in the soak. He should perk up and respond to the soak. For feeding we can use some chicken baby food mixed with calcium and drop on the snout and allow him to lick it off.
As soon as you supply a State I will locate the Herp Vets for you.
These are the Herp Vest in Nebraska: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/nebraska.html
I am hoping the first aid will help perk him up, but he does need to be seen by a Herp Vet as soon as reasonably possible. Many of the Dragons coming out of Pet Shops have multiple issues and they are stoic so you do not see then until it is late into the illness. I usually recomend the Dragon be seen soon after purchase. I would look into changing the bulbs as well.
These are the Herp Vets in Nebraska: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/nebraska.html
Checking in on Rexy today to see if he is doing any better today. Please let me know if he perked up at all.
I am so sorry. I knew he was in bad shape but unfortunately there is little that can be done at home when they are that ill They hide illness well until they can no longer hide it. Unfortunately we see Dragons coming out of pet shops with parasites and if not checked immediately they progress and the Dragon becomes increasing ill.
I hope the information I supplied was helpful in trying to save him. My goal was to give you excellent service and earn a 5 star rating.