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RE: New To Horned Lizards

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Posted by: fireside3 at Tue Jul 29 00:31:14 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by fireside3 ]  
   

Though you might have forgotten, I have advocated Panacur for HL nematode treatment since about 2004. It has been part of my protocol since about my second year keeping HLs

I recommend Panacur in my manual, and quarantine for 90 days, for all new incoming HLs, and twice yearly for HLs as maintenance. Once before hibernation so that parasites do not cause anemia while the HL is in hibernation, and once sometime after emerging from hibernation, after they are well hydrated and back to eating good. I also recommend as needed through the year if nematodes are ever discovered in the scat. I think Panacur is an important tool to have if you are going to do HLs in captivity, especially indoors. The stress of indoor habitats I think makes it a big necessity to have on hand.

I am currently retreating two of my most recently acquired solare with Panacur. One female had laid a clutch and seemed to be egg bound and listless, and disinterested in eating after passing a couple dozen eggs. I treated her for possible egg binding /impaction with a little mineral oil, gave warm water soaks, and extra hydration, as well as liquid calcium gluconate for any ca. deficiency suffered as a result of egg production. She began to perk up and eat a little again, and then a day or so later, I found a few nematodes in her scat, near 20mm in length. I treated her and her tank mate that night with 5 units liquid Panacur @ 100mg/ml, which will repeat in 2 weeks, and probably another 2 weeks after that. I should start seeing dead nematodes in the scat, but sometimes when there is a visible infestation like this, it takes several treatments to get rid of them.

I partially base my theory on the fungal issue, on the fact that certain fungi have been discussed in papers as being symbiotic to Pogos, and important to their colony development. I would just imagine, that somewhere which is relatively more humid and with more diverse ground vegetation, might offer a different fugal component, or much more of it...

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