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    Wyrm is a year old (well almost...) anyway I've gotten him back on track heath-wise and he's gained weight and grown like a champ. Got some new pictures of him, he's a bit of a chonk lol - 88 grams and 11 1/2 inches as of tonight!

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    edit: healthwise I took him on a six hour car ride one state over to a reptile / only exotics vet, he had several tests run: his heart is fine - the irregular timing between beats is benign and likely stress induced, his calcium levels were a little too high so I was in fact over-dusting his bugs. He had a clean fecal as well following a course of deworming three months ago. And the nose whistle is of no concern and likely also just either nasal anatomy or he's just a noisy breather. No URI either.
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    I'm glad Wyrm passed his physical and that various issues were explained.

    3 hours each way? That's quite a journey to reach an exotics specialist! Kudos to YOU for bringing Wrym there!
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    Actually, 6 hours each way...stopped overnight at my dad's to visit. Wyrm did great on the trip - he has a travel case that I heat with reptile shipping heat pads in the car, has room for a hide and water bowl. I was tired of not knowing if I could trust my semi-local exotic vet. She mostly does birds and easy reptile issues like retained shed, mouth rot, burns, etc. After all what else is birthday money for!

    On a side note - does he look overweight or is he just a big boy? He's gained 18 grams since his vet visit and she said his tail could use some thickening...he listened well lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpottedDragon View Post
    Actually, 6 hours each way...stopped overnight at my dad's to visit. Wyrm did great on the trip - he has a travel case that I heat with reptile shipping heat pads in the car, has room for a hide and water bowl. I was tired of not knowing if I could trust my semi-local exotic vet. She mostly does birds and easy reptile issues like retained shed, mouth rot, burns, etc. After all what else is birthday money for!

    On a side note - does he look overweight or is he just a big boy? He's gained 18 grams since his vet visit and she said his tail could use some thickening...he listened well lol
    his calcium levels were a little too high so I was in fact over-dusting his bugs.
    WOW! What an awesome way to share your birthday money!

    : Wyrm does listen well. To me he looks muscular -- not overweight. His weight is proportional to his length.

    Ya know, marmots whistle too.

    How do you plan to reduce Wyrm's supplemental calcium intake?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    How do you plan to reduce Wyrm's supplemental calcium intake?
    Pre vet visit = I was powdering all bugs...liberally, three times a week. Twice with plain calcium, once with reptivite without d3. He gets calcium with D3 once a month as he has a arcadia shade light and is out using it often. Apparently the zoo med reptivite has between 25.9 and 29% calcium as well as vitamins and so he was getting calcium on literally everything.

    Post vet visit = Now I have reduced his plain calcium to once a week, reptivite once a week, and keeping D3 to once a month - but I only dust 1/2 to a 1/3 of his bugs. I also don't dust as liberally. The plain calcium sticks really well to roaches and they were looking more like powdered donuts than lightly dusted bugs.


    As an additional vitamin boost, twice a month I dust one or two of his bugs with bee pollen powder. I've always fed it to the roaches and mealworms, but I figured it can't hurt every now and then. Since in the wild they feed on things like ants and moths - which are usually the common pollinators in a desert environment, I would assume they get pollen from this prey. His vet said there was no harm in it.

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