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    Re: Possibly sick BP, could really use some help figuring out if it's a big deal or n

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    So the vet is fairly confident that it's not septicemia, and that the first vet (the one in my home town) likely just completely misidentified things. That being said, she did agree that the other symptoms were some cause for concern, just not immediate life or death concern. The plan was to draw blood for tests and send me home with antibiotics to give him over the next month, but they were unsuccessful in drawing blood, so the new plan is to start the antibiotics and monitor him closely over the next month. I may or may not (depending on how he responds to the antibiotics and better managed heat) bring him back in about a week and a half to try for the blood draw again.
    Good news regarding septicemia. What did the vet say about the scale rot? I think that would be my next biggest concern.
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    Re: Possibly sick BP, could really use some help figuring out if it's a big deal or n

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    Good news regarding septicemia. What did the vet say about the scale rot? I think that would be my next biggest concern.
    She said, if I remember correctly (not going to lie, my brain was quite scrambled all day yesterday and my focus was mostly invested in remembering how to do the injections), that its less scale rot and more that there are damaged scales that are healing individually. So continuing the chlorhexidine wash should help with that, along with everything else I will already be doing for the currently still unknown sickness.

    I'm definitely going to be replacing his hide with the whole tank overhaul, because that's the main thing that could have caused scrapes I think, but I'm also gonna look over everything else in case there's a sharper than expected rock that might have caused it. Not that minor scrapes are a massive deal, but if I'm gonna be doing all of the overhauling anyway, I might as well.

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    Re: Possibly sick BP, could really use some help figuring out if it's a big deal or n

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    She said, if I remember correctly (not going to lie, my brain was quite scrambled all day yesterday and my focus was mostly invested in remembering how to do the injections), that its less scale rot and more that there are damaged scales that are healing individually. So continuing the chlorhexidine wash should help with that, along with everything else I will already be doing for the currently still unknown sickness.

    I'm definitely going to be replacing his hide with the whole tank overhaul, because that's the main thing that could have caused scrapes I think, but I'm also gonna look over everything else in case there's a sharper than expected rock that might have caused it. Not that minor scrapes are a massive deal, but if I'm gonna be doing all of the overhauling anyway, I might as well.
    I would strip your enclosure down to the basics: two hides, a water bowl and paper towel for substrate. While he recovers, a sanitary set up is the best thing. Your humidity level will no doubt drop, but, if you cover the screen top and add a humid hide, he should be fine. Fortunately, it shouldn't cost much. After he recovers, you can build it back up slowly. I'd go naturalistic this time rather than bioactive, as Malum suggests.
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    Re: Possibly sick BP, could really use some help figuring out if it's a big deal or n

    Well, Daisy had his last antibiotic injection today, and he looks infinitely better. After a couple of weeks of getting a shot every three days, he had the cleanest shed he's had in a long while now, and most all of the symptoms went away. I still kept him in the sanitary bin though, and at this point, he's pretty much the picture of good health!

    Though I suppose we'll really see once I try to feed him in a couple of days. Since today was his last shot, I still need to wait a bit, but I figured I'd post the update now, lest I end up forgetting again (I meant to post an update a few weeks ago, but my memory is garbage now a days).

    Thank you again to everyone for helping out!


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    Hey, that's GREAT news! Thanks for the update, & I hope the feeding goes well too. A few days to de-stress first before offering food is a good idea.
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    Glad he's doing so much better!
    I hope that eating goes well once you do try again. Sometimes that's the hardest next step, but good on you for not wanting to rush it.

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