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Posted by Saffire on August 12, 2002 at 17:48:17:
In Reply to: *help!!* Something terrible happening to frill posted by Azmiris on August 10, 2002 at 19:59:06:
What you are describing is similar to something that recently happened to my frill collection. It started with the waxy yellowish substance on the backs of the frills. As it spread it almost looked "pus-like" and in the later stages actually smelled (which gave to the thought that it was an infection or fungus. And yes as it dried it flaked off like yellow scabs?? - not sure how to explain. I also went to a great reptile vet. We thought it was an infection or fungus - they (more than one vet was working on this one) did a culture, blood work, etc. Unfortionately, all we succesfully did was rule out things and in the mean time one of my really nice older males died - literally in my hands. A younger male we fought to keep alive (IV's and everything) later died. They did an autopsy on the first male and discovered finally what was wrong. They had an internal infection literally eating itself inside out. The external symptoms had been the first to show. All of my frills (two listed and three females) all looked healthy and were eating great and then BOOM! They were able to save the three females. But they are not all clear yet. This has been going on about 3 months. They had looked better than the symptoms came back and we are treating again. My vet bills have run over $1500.00 dollars and still lost two. But the three females are three really nice northern reds - so pretty valuable. They are not out of the woods, but I am hoping. Sorry so long - but I think sharing this info for everyone is one of the ways we all learn. My vets are research vets tied to a big university and they said they had never seen anything like this. So be persistant - my deteriated real fast from the stage yours are at. What they need to do is a stool test and recommend a blood test. The infection started in the intestines and linked to bacteria or parasites (sorry can't remember - something like ??? anom... ask the vet they should know). Treatment I am doing is Metronidazole Benzoate everday for fourteen days - then again once a week for following month. PLUS every three days injections (Fortaz - Ceftazidime) for nine treatments (we are on round two). GOOD LUCK - I hope this isn't what you have - but if it is and your vet is doing what we did first (only focus on external) it could be to late - so it is worth a look. Again good luck!