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Posted by henry on August 14, 2002 at 11:42:34:
In Reply to: Re: Not Tony but... posted by Jeremy M on August 13, 2002 at 19:33:38:
It's always better to identify a parasite before you start treating it, but with this species it's particularly important since few if any meds have been tested on them. There are cases where a widely used medication had an unanticipated side effect on a species that had not been tried.
Also, I know that many times ahaetulla are acquired with pentastomes just under the skin. These can be teased out, like a splinter, under local anesthesia and may never cause another problem. I have seen more of this than cases of mites with this genus. I always feel that you shouldn't treat systemically what can be handled locally. You need to see a vet for this and I know some folks object to the cost, but there will never be any good veterinary literature on the lesser known species if we avoid the vet. Good luck.