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LIZARDS THAT ARE NOT EATING WELL OR AT ALL

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HOME CARE FOR LIZARDS NOT EATING WELL OR AT ALL

(The following are general instructions that will apply to most but not all lizards that are not eating well. We believe it is very important that each pet have an office visit and examination so that an individual treatment plan can be created.)

Isolate them from other reptiles to prevent the potential spread of illness, and to eliminate competition for food. 

Minimize stress by minimizing handling, providing a hide box, and placing a visual barrier by covering three sides of the enclosure.

Do warm soaks, about 85 degree water, once or twice daily for 10 to 20 minutes; offer food immediately after soaking. 

Manage feeding: Feed in a separate, small container so they are closely confined with prey. Do not leave the prey in with them all the time because they will become desensitized to it (and the patient can be injured by some insects and other live prey). Offer no more than can be eaten in 15 to 30 minutes. Also, insects can shake and groom calcium and vitamin dust off themselves, so freshly dust them if you are removing then re-offering them.

Review other aspects of care; in particular, assure that temperature and humidity are ideal for the species. anapsid.org is an excellent website for doing this. 

Only if instructed to by the veterinarian, syringe feed:
  Carnivores/insectivores:
    Carnivore Care, mixed to pancake batter consistency, 1ml / 50 gms patient weight / day, divided
      into 2 or 3 meals, or
    Prescription Diet A/D, mixed 1:1 with water, 1 ml / 50 gms patient weight / day, divided into 2 or 3
      meals
  Omnivores:
    Carnivore Care:Critical Care 1:1, mixed to pancake batter consistency, 1 ml / 50 gms patient weight,
      divided into 2 to 3 meals

Medication(s) may be prescribed by the veterinarian. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Yarmouth Veterinary Center
2014

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