||[Apr. 6th, 2011|06:37 pm]
Everything Bearded Dragons
I am putting out an urgent plea for advice and help with my 3+ year-old girl, Stella! She's not been herself over the past two months, and I know that it's more than seasonal... I took her to the exotic vet in Worcester, MA about a month ago, and she told me that Stella was severely dehydrated and a bit thin. She has barely been eating, and until the vet visit, was so lethargic that she didn't even perk up when a cricket was placed next to her. The vet gave her some boosters and put her on a 2x/day calcium regimen (via syringe) for the next two weeks -- and what a difference those things made! Suddenly she was chasing crickets left and right, interested in everything again... except drinking. I've never once seen her drink from water in her cage, only from the bath water.
Fast forward about two more weeks to today... she flatly rejected oranges (her favorite treat), crickets, collards, and didn't even drink the bathwater like she might normally do. She did poop in the bath though, but it was small and uninspired. And, when I put her back into her cage post-bath, she didn't even make an effort to support herself, just flomped onto the ground with a cricket and some orange bits right next to her.
I'm so scared I'm losing her. I've made another emergency appointment with the vet for tomorrow evening (the earliest I could find, and I tried Angell in Boston first) but I just don't know what else to do. I have to think a liquid diet would help, but I have no means to dispense it to her... Other than that, the temp is high enough, the humidity is right around 45%... What else can and should I be doing for her right now???
Thank you all.....