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Posted by icequeen on April 16, 2003 at 23:39:11:
In Reply to: Appetite stimulants? posted by anson on April 16, 2003 at 23:32:54:
I was very skeptical of my vets suggestion that the panacur would act as an appetite stimulant...I actually thought that what he might claim to be "stimulating" might actually be IRRITATING.
You know...sort of like sometimes when you drink a coffee, or take certain medications, it will give you something that feels like hunger pains, but all it's really doing is irritating the lining of your stomach.
From what I can gather, the experience our vets have, consists of a 4 day seminar in Las Vegas, focusing on reptile care.
I'm starting to think that with the amount of cash I'm spending on vet bills, I should just go and take that 4 day seminar MYSELF!! It'll probably cost less to take the course, than to pay the vet!
:I think Baytril is an antibiotic and Panacur gets rid of parasites. I think the vets are trying to stimulate their appetites by making them feel better. I would be wary of them giving these to your animals for no reason. Baytril is over used in my opinion and should not be given to a healthy animal. Antibiotics are rough on a chameleons system and have to be used carefully. Make sure your vet has lots of chameleon experience. Try visiting mythicalchameleons.com (hope I spelled that right) Dr. Ivan Alphonso answered my e-mail and was very helpful with my questions and gave me some super advice. If I lived close enough (They are in Orlando FL) I would definately take my chameleons to see him.
:A product I have used as an appetite stimulant is called Jump Start You can find it on the net at lots of reptile suppliers. It is a gel that comes in a tube and I squeeze a dab on the cricket I am feeding my cham. I would use it in small amounts because it has lots of vitamins in it so you don't want to overdo it, on the plus side it is super high in calories and can help pack weight on an animal that is too thin.
:Hope I helped