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    Any discussion on hydration? Antibiotics without that conversation would really scare me. A common finding in reptiles I’ve had blood work on as follow:

    Biochemistry profile: all parameters within normal limits except total protein- mildly elevated suggest mild dehydration.

    However, fluids should be calculated and given by the vet only, subcutaneously. If she moves to the cold side hide, leave her there. A lot of people get worried and think it’s necessary. It may be their way of reducing pathogens. They know what is best for them, at least most of the time. Best not take her out of the enclosure unless necessary during illness.

    using a UVB bulb and Calcium with d3 at every feeding. I guess you didn’t trust the UVB bulb? Feel free to share pictures if you’re comfortable.
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    He did discuss soaking her 2x a week, and putting a water dish in her enclosure that she can actually sit in if needed. I will try to share pics here, but I need to figure out how, I've always had issues with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andi View Post
    He did discuss soaking her 2x a week, and putting a water dish in her enclosure that she can actually sit in if needed. I will try to share pics here, but I need to figure out how, I've always had issues with that.
    I see so perhaps the soaking is to entice your Leo to drink. I thought the vet was trying to make sure there was no remaining shed.

    will try to share pics here, but I need to figure out how, I've always had issues with that

    I do as well. Can’t you tell by my unorganized responses. Well I hope all goes well and appreciate your updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andi View Post
    He did discuss soaking her 2x a week, and putting a water dish in her enclosure that she can actually sit in if needed. I will try to share pics here, but I need to figure out how, I've always had issues with that.
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    I see so perhaps the soaking is to entice your Leo to drink. I thought the vet was simply trying to make sure there was no remaining shed.
    will try to share pics here, but I need to figure out how, I've always had issues with that
    I do as well. Can’t you tell by my unorganized responses. Well I hope all goes well and appreciate your updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blush50 View Post
    I thought the vet was simply trying to make sure there was no remaining shed.
    I got the impression he was concerned about future stuck shed, not a hydration issue...but it's possible he was addressing hydration as well. My biggest issue is that I still don't believe it's a stuck shed issue, while he is practically convinced that it is. Swelling has absolutely gone down in both her front and back knee, but both knees still look very "stiff" to me when she's walking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andi View Post
    I got the impression he was concerned about future stuck shed, not a hydration issue...but it's possible he was addressing hydration as well. My biggest issue is that I still don't believe it's a stuck shed issue, while he is practically convinced that it is. Swelling has absolutely gone down in both her front and back knee, but both knees still look very "stiff" to me when she's walking.
    she went back into shed, and shed again, but she had retained a lot of skin on her tail

    How often does she shed?
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    when she had the issue with her tail, she was shedding often. But since her tail was amputated and regenerated her shed cycle seems to be totally normal. She sheds once every 4-6 weeks I would say.

    She just finished up 1 week of injections, and the swelling has gone down considerably, her walking has also improved slightly as well. Vet wants to give injections for another week so I have two more injections to go.

    Her appetite has been fantastic throughout this entire ordeal.

    I've also taken her off dubias, so I'm not sure if that is also helping or not.
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    Try a few hornworms if you have access to them. It can help with hydration as well.
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    I've been keeping my eyes open for hornworms that are not too big...but I don't think it's a hydration issue.

    Today she actually finished up her last Antibiotic Injection. The Vet called me and exclaimed proudly "SHE LOOKS SOOOO MUCH BETTER", but I still see swelling in her knees, and when I pointed that out to him, he replied "Well, that's gout and arthritis".

    This is the same guy who adamantly told me two weeks ago that it wasn't gout or arthritis, and that it was an infection.

    he even told me that the dubias won't lead to gout, and that mealworms will, but she's been a mealworm addict the first 7-8 years of her life, and for the last 9-10 months has been eating Dubias almost exclusively.

    Needless to say, I am done with this vet.
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    Oh no I wasn’t implying she is dehydrated. I just figured a high moisture insect can help with fluid while she is on an antibiotic.

    I guess you sent him a picture or you had a follow up? So did you ask him what’s the plan as far as the gout? Sounds so strange. I think a new vet is in order.

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