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SICK DRAGON CARE
- So you've taken your dragon to the vet and they're diagnosed with xx condition. Now what? I've noticed a trend that's taking place, especially in the past few years, where animal clinics don't always explain supportive care for sick dragons, which is oftentimes needed. Kudos to your vet if they do. That's fantastic. If you have a dragon being treated by your vet for a medical condition, there's a few factors to keep in mind during their treatment and recovery.
1. Different medications can and do make the dragon feel horrible, and will affect both their energy and appetite levels. You may find that your dragon refuses food or needs additional measures as far as food is concerned.
2. Medications used for dragons, especially certain medications, are extremely dehydrating. Its important that you make sure your dragon stays hydrated. Small amounts of water during treatment with medication is called for. Also, several medications are hard on the kidneys, which also require additional hydration.
3. Watch their heat, including nighttime temps. While its generally fine for dragons to drop into the low 60's without issue, keeping medicated dragons warmer at night (70's) will help with the healing process. My hospital tank, for example, is set at 75-80 at night, so it can't go lower. We don't want a dragon taking medication and then dropping their core temperature down as low as a healthy dragon. The healing process will generally take longer.
4. Watch the timing of your medications and your probiotics, if you're using them. We don't want to give dragons medication or probiotics and then turn their heat immediately off for the night.
5. If your dragon starts acting extremely unusual during medical treatment, including a prolonged blackbeard, contact your vet ASAP to rule out any other compounding medical issue being caused by the medication or condition itself.
As always, I wish you and your dragons the best of health.