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RE: my veiled not eating like he used to...

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Posted by: xanthoman at Fri Sep 18 20:19:30 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by xanthoman ]  
   

not near enough info , what kind of bulb is it? (there are lots of 5.0 bulbs , is it a cfl? (not good), do you see it drink ? does he have a dripper ? (could be dehydration), 100 watts seems like a lot, what is your highest basking temp, (dont guess) and how close can he get to the bulbs? does he get varied feeders? (they get bored easily) what kind of gutload and supplementation ? is he swollen in the neck area (gular edema)? does it spend time on the bottom of the cage, does his tongue seem less sticky, more important than any of that, is what does his feces look like? is the light colored part white or yellow? (do you own a microscope) without any facts , its so hard to tell, there are so many things it could be, without any info all any body can do is guess. not knowing any of the facts, i would have to guess it is probably one or more of the following; 1. improper lighting causing some form of hyperkeratosis/ eye problems , not a bearded dragon, 100 w mercury vapor is too bright, too concentrated, probably too hot. and definitely unneccessary. i would recomend for uvb a geniune reptisun 5.0 (not a reptasun)its the only one made from a pure quarts tube and has the proper spectrum. and as a basking/uva bulb a regular incandescent zoo med reptile basking bulb or even a regular incandescent bulb. mercury vapor provides too much uvb in conjuntion with a reptisun . improper lighting can also interfere with vitamin absorbtion/metabolization. leading to hyperkeratosis, gular edema, or even mbd /2. dehydration just because you mist does not mean it is getting enough hydration. use a dripper there should be water available during all daylight hrs , first sign of dehydration is yellow urate. 3. improper gutload / supplementation can cause problems or excesses in the way vitamins are metabolized /4. temps must be measured not assumed, best to use a temp gun or digital therm with probe. 5 lack of apetite could be attributed to anything, eye problems,vitamin problems, mbd, deppression, impaction 5. the best overall indicator of health is by examination of feces , feces should consist of three parts 1. the solid pooh , should be drk brn to blk , not sticky , slimey, or gelatinous, no strong or foul odor. 2. the urate , should be creme to bright white , not yellow, yellow indicates dehydration 3.urine, a small amount of clear liquid, usually goes unnoticed / in all reality probably the best thing you can do now is go to a genuine herp vet and get a full fecal exam / blood work-up. its not just likely to clear up on its own not knowing what it is


   

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