Tomorrow begins an intense regime of steam cleaning her vivarium every day, disinfecting anything and everything she has in there...
To be honest, I might just dispose of her rocks and wood, and buy brand new stuff, wash and disinfect it thoroughly and place it in a bit at a time to be on the safe side.
Her blood is being taken first thing in the morning, I’m going to bring her home after and head straight back out to buy a handheld steam cleaner. All the supplies I didn’t already have should be arriving Wednesday. I don’t know what treatment the vet will suggest; I know antibiotics are prescribed, but the vet didn’t want to do that until we have a concrete diagnosis.
I don’t know how long it will be until she can eat again. For the foreseeable future she’ll be having baths and water to stay hydrated and replace what water she loses...
And I’ll offer her a little food every day. We’ll have to see how things go.
my lizard is funny stupid because Im so used to bearded dragons being extremely relaxed animals but now I have a young man with anxiety (even though I’ve been handling him gently his whole life, like normal) and if I’m not careful when handling him he WILL enter prey mode and get the mindset of “you are a predator and you are trying to catch me, I must RUN”
Finally got an appointment for Nova at the vet tomorrow evening. She’s still not herself.
its hard to explain. She’s alert when I pet her and talk to her and take her out of her vivarium for cuddle time. But she’s not interested in any food - for her to turn her nose up at dubias or fruit beetle grubs is unheard of - but she’s drinking.
I generally offer her water a couple of times a week, and its obviously there when she has a bath. Last time she had a bath she was lapping up water for a good 30 seconds, and each time I offer her water from a dropper or on my fingertip she’s drinking it down.
I know adult beardies can go some time without eating, but its been a while now and she’s never gone this long without expressing an interest in food, unless she was brumating or going into brumation.
The only thing I can think of that’s changed in recent weeks is that Cosmo has started to take more of an interest in her and that could be causing her some stress. He taps the front of vivarium with his beak and walks around in front of it some times. But she’s grown up with Cosmo, he’s been around as long as she has and the noise he makes has never really caused any issues with her or her behavior.
So, hopefully the vet will be able to give me some ideas or maybe run some tests. I’m hoping its not parasites or something worse (someone I follow on Instagram had a beardie who stopped eating because he developed cancerous growths in his mouth. I haven’t been able to check inside Nova’s mouth for anything like that).
Fingers crossed I can get some answers or she starts eating again soon. In the mean time its bath night, so I’ll give her a gentle scrub and some love. Any input from other beardie parents would be appreciated.