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Posted by spiny_tail on May 01, 2003 at 23:08:09:
In Reply to: SHES STILL ALIVE BUT............ posted by Lauri on May 01, 2003 at 06:04:02:
It sounds like you’re on the right track as far as trying to keep food/fluids in her. I have personally never used the Flucker Farms product so I cannot say if it helps or not.
My main goal in a situation such as yours would be to just keep giving her feeding solution mixed with the pedialyte. Since I learned how to tube feed my lizards, I no longer just syringe the feeding mixture. With tubing, the feeding time is done in a lot less time and doesn’t stress them out as long. Plus, this enables you to give them the amount of food they need and you aren’t at their mercy as far as how much gets into them. While I use the catheters for tube feeding, the medication needles mentioned on Doug’s website are just as good http://www.deerfernfarms.com/Supplies.htm (located at bottom of page).
Karnivor’s website really helped me out a lot when I first started out http://www.kingsnake.com/uromastyx/urocaresheet.html (start reading at “new arrivals”) It’s pretty much the feeding formula that I follow, even down to the garlic powder and has been a life-saver for bringing quite a few lizards out of their non-eating phase.
**Pedialyte $ saving tip: Since it has an expiration after 48 hours after opening – Once you open the bottle for the first time, pour the remainder in ice cube trays and freeze it. This way you can take a cube or two out whenever you need it and not worry about wasting any.
I’m not sure if you are using any dewormers at the moment but I personally wouldn’t use any on her for the time being. When they are lethargic and not eating, the parasite meds can be very harsh on the system and can cause more harm than good.
If you have access to some Hibiscus flowers that you know are pesticide free, try offering some to her. A nice red Hibiscus flower has tempted even the pickiest uros to eat.
Hopefully some of this helps. Maybe someone else will be able to come up with more ideas.