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I have been feeding him chopped greens (kale, beet greens, dandilion greens,arugula, chard, red and green romaine), grated carrot, snap peas and several types of squash and other veg. For protein he likes quail eggs, ground turkey, chicXXXXX XXXXXver, canned snails(for reptiles).His favorite treat is blueberries. I tried to feed him live worms- silk, wax, butter, horn- but he made it very clear that he was not interested. He found more ways of spitting them out than I had for cramming them in so I gave up. When I first got him several months ago it was hard to get him to eat at all and since cat food was his favorite, I disguised the good stuff with cat food.He just gets the cat food as a treat now and will eat his healthy meals quite happily without it. I have reptile vitamins and calcium but hesitate to use as instructions refer to dosage for 1/2 pound of food and Mr.Skink eats 1 or 2 tablespoons prepared one meal at a time.. He usually eats every day and has gained 43 grams. At 21 inches- 12 of body, 9 of tail- he weighs 554 grams. Can I trust him to eat what he needs or do I need to be concerned that he will become overweight? He is much more active than he was. Used to hide and sleep pretty much all the time. I moved his terrarium (36 x 18) into the family room where he could get more attention and he comes out of hiding more. Likes to be on my shoulder and seems to enjoy being outside in the sunshine so I take him out in the backyard when it is warm. I was hoping his eyes and nose would improve more but I am beginning to think this is as good as it will get. Just when I think it is improved he has a relapse. Can I keep using the eye gel indefinately? He finished the injected antibiotics in July and has only been eating well for a couple of months. How important is it that he eat bugs?
I am a little afraid of other treatments! The vet here recommended and I bought treatment with nebulized F10. One treatment left both me and Mr. Skink in bad shape. I had touch of asthma reaction and serious sinus inflammation. Poor Mr. Skink had bleeding eyes and a wheeze that terrified me. I thought I was going to loose him. He was down and out for 6 days, did not eat and only waking up when I cleaned face and put drops for nose and ointment for eyes.The very experienced vet had never had this happen befor so I don't blame her. The equipment was clean, the dosage correct and the only thing I can identify that might have contributed was application. The nebulizer was applied by holding in front of his face instead of fogging into an enclosure. He was in my lap, hence my exposure. Have you had experience with this treatment?
He sheds quite nicely with lukewarm bath. Last time his feet shed the cutest intact booties! Even his head is doing better now that I have a technique- when rest of him has shed I very gently tease off skin of his face with very wet, soft cloth. Last time the eye came off in one piece . He seems to like participating in this and will rub against the cloth himself. It can sometimes take a couple of days- I don't rush it.
After a shed he is a brand new skink -even his eyes stay bright and clean for days and his nostrils are bigger.
Will he shed less often now that he will be maintaining rather than gaining weight? Or is it even growth related?
Thank you for the information you have already provided me. It is reassuring to know he is a good size and I will monitor his weight. Also planning to buy fresh Herptivite and will start to use consistantly. Good to know he is naturally a laid back creature. I have been trying to encourage him to get some exercise (retired physical therapist -can't resist the urge)
but will present opportunities and let him choose how active he wants to be. He is reasonably quick on grass and carpet but on hard surfaces gets stuck with legs whirling!
By the way, he did have complete blood panel done in April and everthing came back normal. This was done as part of the very expensive decision to pursue treatment instead of euthanizing. I am worried about winter which will start here in a couple of months. Outdoor opportunities will cease to exist and indoors will be harder to regulate temperatures for him.
I am also using unconventional ground cover in his house. Because things got stuck to his face with Care Fresh and other substrates and he sometimes had loose stools I resorted to using flannette dish towel size blankets. It is easy to see when he has soiled and very easy to clean up.
I process much like human diapers and he seems happy to hide himself under them or inside his hide box. Do you see any problems with doing this?
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Do you have any successful experience with feline sebaceous cell dysplasia? If so, I would start a new question.
I bought new vitamins and a new UVB bulb for his light today. I will keep a journal of weight and condition of eyes and nose to get a clear picture of timing and circumstances of flare ups. I am hoping good nutrition and lighting will help but will certainly consider further testing .
He has a basking lamp at one end of his terrarium and I have created a spot on top of his hide using slate tile and a ramp of wired together wood logs. Elevating the spot has made it easier to hit a good temp. I will start generating possibilities for winter heating.
Little Dude cat was also a rescue. He was brought to the Humane Society covered in black gooey substance. They cleaned him up thinking he had gotten into something. Because he had sores on his feet and face I fostered him while he healed. The black stuff came back and I ended up adopting him because he required so much care that he could not be put up for adoption by the general public. His face and feet have been biopsied and the diagnosis of sebaceous cell dysplasia made.
Current status: every 7 to 10 days his feet and face become black enough that I have to take him in the shower with me and wash him up with Pyoban shampoo followed by pet conditioner. If I do not do this the sores between his toes recur. The skin around his mouth and eyes becomes inflamed and weeps even with showers and removal of black from eyes and mouth is needed between showers. I decided to do this in the shower after a bathing episode that resulted in a deep infected cat bite! He complains loudly in the shower but does not fight the process. I also clean ears of copious amounts of black goo.
He has no undercoat, just scruffy coarse guard hairs and suffers from bouts of what I am guessing is severe itchiness - licks frantically at his coat , scratches and cries out.
He eats, drinks, plays with the dog and usual cat toys but there are times I wonder how much he suffers with this condition.
Is there anything I can do to improve his situation?
LD has been to a couple of different vets- I can't remember if any were dermatologists - some were when he was a foster under Humane Society. I will get his medical history straight to provide better foundation for questions- will have to trace the records.
He is currently eating ACANA Pacifica fish formula food- fish, vegetable and no grain.
There is no sign his lesions are infected. He is an indoor cat - my city has a cat bylaw.
He had a bout of cystitis recently ( tested and no infection) and was treated with medicam. Currently on v-amitriptyline for litter box related issues.
There was some question of putting him on corticosteroids when first diagnosed but he already has a voracious appetite- practically chews one's hand off when filling bowl- so can't imagine him on roids!!
I try to keep on top of his medical care but there seems to be very little experience with this condition locally.