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Re: Urate crystals

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:53 am
by Suzle87
Well the stare off has begun... ven is in his plastic tub I swear he’s crossing his legs haha fingers crossed for a wee soon!!!

Re: Urate crystals

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:37 am
by Suzle87
I’ve rung the vet and agreed just to take the urate in when he goes in his viv... he was getting so worked up in the tub I was worried that would make him ill through stress.
Does anyone have any thoughts on what the vet said about not using grain free dog food and just using general high quality dog food instead?

Re: Urate crystals

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:55 am
by kingofnobbys
Suzle87 wrote:I’ve rung the vet and agreed just to take the urate in when he goes in his viv... he was getting so worked up in the tub I was worried that would make him ill through stress.
Does anyone have any thoughts on what the vet said about not using grain free dog food and just using general high quality dog food instead?


I guess you'll just have to watch him like a hawk , and as soon as the base of the tail lifts , slip a little dish under his vent to collect a sample.

Re: Urate crystals

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:11 am
by Angcious
I hope Ventress is ok and that this will be resolved shortly! But I have to say...I think this has been one of the most informative and interesting discussions!!

Re: Urate crystals

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:57 am
by Suzle87
Vet has emailed his findings-
Dear Suzanne,

Thank you for bring in the sample from Ventress. I have had a look at it, and my interpretation is as follows;
'Urine sample' examined. Looks more like urates deposits. Some orange/brown deposits on these as well.
Possibly endoparasite eggs, however checked microscopically and diagnosis not obvious. ​

Three options ongoing, either;​
1. faecal sample to PALS for floatation and microscopy​
2. routine worming via fenbendazole, especially if not performed recently
or 3. x-ray to confirm no underlying bladder pathology/stones etc. ​

- I’m going to worm him and get the X-rays - he was worked when I first got him, what can they get worms from? He’s not out in the wild or near any other reptiles so I didn’t think he could catch new parasites?

Re: Urate crystals

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:21 pm
by canadskinklover
Hey there. Wanted to say, I really appreciate all the information posted here everyone! I've dealt with this issue myself and it's been great to find info on it, has been hard to track down.

I've taken my skink to the vet for a full fecal analysis of this issue and it was completely inconclusive. Bloodwork was suggested, but the vet was not confident they could take a proper sample, and I haven't tracked down a local vet I trust for this sadly.
I've tried about everything else under the sun. Cutting out d3, reducing calcium, keeping the tank always humid and water always full.. the issue will disapear for weeks on end, then one day, crystals in the urate again.
At this point I'm totally lost. My vet only suggested it was a pigment from dandelion greens and in my heart I've feared the worst. If you learn anything new I'd love to know. I keep thinking I've fixed the problem when the issue goes away, only for it to return again.. :( love my skink so much and just want to provide the best for her.