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    Quote Originally Posted by Daphne View Post
    Hi all!

    I've taken Vita to the vet and it's not good.
    They've taken X-rays and said that she's suffering from a resperatory infection.
    The faecal sample showed massive amounts of coccidiosis.

    I have to give her Nocadox for the infection and Toltrazuril for the parasites.

    I also have to force feed her, since her food response is gone.
    She's getting worse.

    I might take the sand out and switch it for newspaper, untill the infection is gone.

    If you have any suggestions or tips, I love to hear them.
    I am sorry to hear Vita is not well. I can't really offer you any sound advise as I have been lucky enough to avoid any problems other than Jax having worms once. In that instance I did remove the sand and replace it with newspaper so I could keep it clean more effectively. I'm sure someone will be here soon who can help you , we have some very knowledgeable members. In the meantime keep us updated on how she is going. Fingers crossed she makes a speedy recovery.

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    Not good news but it can be fixed if she isn't too far gone. Respiratory infection (RI) is a beardies worst nightmare but the right meds at the right time can solve this,I have had this with a couple of my reptiles over the years.
    Coccidiosis is also curable, this is usually a problem when there are other problems as they tend to compound on each other.
    Changing to newspaper is a good idea when sick, change it daily to remove any parasites.
    keep the enclosure as dry as possible (no water bowl) just drip water on her nose to drink.
    Good luck and keep us posted, but be aware that RI can be fatal.
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    Thank you Kimmy.
    I switched the sand out for paper towel and removed the majority of her enrichment, just to keep it as clean as possible.
    I'll keep you posted

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    Not good news but it can be fixed if she isn't too far gone. Respiratory infection (RI) is a beardies worst nightmare but the right meds at the right time can solve this,I have had this with a couple of my reptiles over the years.
    Coccidiosis is also curable, this is usually a problem when there are other problems as they tend to compound on each other.
    Changing to newspaper is a good idea when sick, change it daily to remove any parasites.
    keep the enclosure as dry as possible (no water bowl) just drip water on her nose to drink.
    Good luck and keep us posted, but be aware that RI can be fatal.

    I hope so, I really do. I read that they're susceptible for Coccidiosis when stressed, is that right?
    The thing is that I have to shove a syringe in her mouth 4 times a day and that's quite stressful.
    Do you have any experience with force feeding? I have a powder that I mix with luke warm water.
    The vet told me to give her 1%-5% of her bodyweight daily. In her case max 20 grams. Does that sound good to you?

    I will keep you all posted and I'm grateful for your help and care.

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    While my boy being treated for a tumour inside his mouth last year I did find that it was easier to "encourage" eating than trying to force it in. Our vet had me using lamb and veg or turkey and veg baby food + a bit of Oxbow powder so I'd water it down enough to get it into a syringe and then lift the side lip to smear some in there. It annoyed my boy but it got him to open his mouth and start licking, as long as you're ready with the syringe to keep dripping it on there it may work. Sorry to hear you're dealing with this, not something I've had any experience with. Fingers crossed for Vita.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daphne View Post
    I hope so, I really do. I read that they're susceptible for Coccidiosis when stressed, is that right?
    The thing is that I have to shove a syringe in her mouth 4 times a day and that's quite stressful.
    Do you have any experience with force feeding? I have a powder that I mix with luke warm water.
    The vet told me to give her 1%-5% of her bodyweight daily. In her case max 20 grams. Does that sound good to you?

    I will keep you all posted and I'm grateful for your help and care.
    Yes , coccidiosis is more prevalent when stressed. I have had to force feed but not with the meds you mention.I found that it is easier to open the mouth from the side rather than the front
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    Minor update!
    Vita is lapping up the food now, so no need to shove it into her mouth anymore. That’s very nice.
    She’s not eating on her own jet, less nice.
    I had a face all sample checked today and the coccidiosis is still there. In a week I have to give her another two doses.

    She stopped gaping all the time and her “puffs” are less frequent. I hope these are signs of her RI going away.

    I can say anything for sure, but just wanted to share this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daphne View Post
    Minor update!
    Vita is lapping up the food now, so no need to shove it into her mouth anymore. That’s very nice.
    She’s not eating on her own jet, less nice.
    I had a face all sample checked today and the coccidiosis is still there. In a week I have to give her another two doses.

    She stopped gaping all the time and her “puffs” are less frequent. I hope these are signs of her RI going away.

    I can say anything for sure, but just wanted to share this
    That sounds positive Daphne Fingers crossed she continues to improve.

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    Hi everyone,

    I just got back from the vet. I had Vita put to sleep.
    She was deteriorating rapidly and I didn’t want her to struggle any longer.
    It sucks

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    Sorry to hear that,you did your best but maybe you got her too late to help.
    Did you put her in our memorial wall?
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