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Hello. My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand that Blubie is lethargic and sitting on the bottom of the cage and bobbing her tail. Can you please tell me if there are any changes to her appetite?
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Thank you for that information. Causes for sudden lethargy and tail bobbing often are related to respiratory diseases. This can be from an upper (i.e. nares, trachea) or lower respiratory problem (i.e. lungs, air sacs). One of the most common causes for that are infectious organisms like a virus or bacteria such as Chlamydia. Other possible causes in this situation include airway toxins such as cooking with Teflon or incents/candles, which can be irritating. She should also be screened for reproductive problems such as egg binding. There are some things you can do at home to help, but a visit to a veterinarian for diagnostic tests like x-rays are definitely recommended.
One of the things you can do to help immediately is raise the environmental temperature to 85-90 degrees. Also, raise the humidity level to about 85%. Keep the perches low. This should result in an immediate improvement while you get her scheduled for an appointment soon.
That is a good question. Heat lamps are the most safe. Space heaters are less safe as they are difficult to regulate small changes of the temperature.
Pet store. These are used for reptiles to place over the cage. Don't place it directly over the cage, but 3-5 feet away and pointed toward the cage should be safe. Have a thermometer in the cage - which can also be purchased at a pet store in the reptile location - so you can monitor that it is not getting too hot. You want the temperature not to exceed 100 degrees.
If it is a respiratory issue then antibiotics will likely be necessary. If it is a bound egg then that needs to be removed. This would require treatments at the hospital such as fluids and pain medications.
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