Reptiles/Stomatitis

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I have a beardie I rescued 2 years ago. She has always been a little not right. She suffers from chronic ocular discharge. Recently I noted some swelling of the right mandible . An oral exam has resulted in me suspecting stomatitis. She had bilateral changes in jaw color to a yellowish tan color. She is still eating and drinking. She is not currently dehydrated. I was going to start her on 5 mg/kg dose of enrofloxicin, and considering using metronidazole as an adjunct therapy. I am not real familiar with oral lovage in cases like this. I also do not want to overtax her GI tract. I have taken my reptiles to all of the local vets that see them and really have not been impressed. Do you have any recommendation for treating with these meds on sub q vs oral route? Also I was wondering about brushing and conjunction. I have access to any meds I need, but I have only ever treated monitor lizards for this issue. Any help would be great

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Hello Marty,


Wow, that is terrible for her, how did that happen, was she bitten before you got her?
Sure, do you have any pictures of that affected area?  
The Enroflaxin or Baytril is a broad spectrum, so that should be effective in treating the mouth rot, if that is what it is.  The Metronidazole, are you using that as an appetite stimulant or for treating flagelletes or other parasites?  
You can use diluted betadine & dip a swab into the solution to clean out the mouth.
If you are located out of the US, there is a product called Novadent (sp) that is also used for help with cleaning out the mouth in cases such as this.
If it is advanced, I would highly recommend using both oral medication as well as oral cleaning, too.  
I have been lucky & not had any mouth rot cases, but as far as I know, Enroflaxin should be effective.  Ceftz could also be used too as it is a broad spectrum antibiotic.
Also, I would recommend keeping her warm overnight in her tank to help boost her immune system.  Usually around 80 is a good temperature.
Let me know how she is doing.

Tracie

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Tracie Kretzschmar

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I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.

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I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

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I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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