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Posted by Hanna on July 25, 2001 at 10:37:41:
In Reply to: sick frilled dragon posted by courtney on July 25, 2001 at 09:36:19:
being an ectotherm we have no idea how these
'hollistic supplements' react in their systems.There are still too many unknowns when dealing with diseased cold-blooded animals. They do not metabolize many things the same way as warm blooded animals.It sounds like he is suffering from metabolic bone disease. The best panacea you can give him currently is sunlight; maybe an hour of indirect morning sun everyday.Be careful not to cook him.Such lizards are sun worshippers and their core health depends largely on it. It affects their ability to heal and rejuvenate immensely.Don't stop feeding him pinkies. They are an excellent source of nurients. The more varied the diet the better.Don't give him baby cereal. It contains too many other supplements that inhibit calcium absorption.Give him a reptile vitamin supplement. Neocalgluconate maybe necessary to administer, but you should get him evaluated by a vet experienced with herps before you take any further rehabilatative steps.Sounds like he may need a therapeutic course of Baytril and a topical skin treatment.At least it sounds like his appetite is good which looks promising towards his recovery. He may never regain use of his legs, though.