Doesn't a pogona minor drink water many times?
Polo usually doesn't drink water by himself
Hi "Oha Polo desu!" I posted a video of Polo, a pogona minor, drinking water on his own, which is unusual for my boy. What does Polo usually do for water intake?
Basically, I feed Polo by adding water to his food, and I also use a dropper-like object to take water and bring it to his mouth. When I went to the veterinary clinic, the doctor gave us a dropper, so I use it. I'm not exactly sure if the clinic give it to me or if it's included in the price (laughs).
Rankin's dragon has a characteristic that it is difficult to notice unless it is moving. So, it's hard to notice them when water is just sitting there, but it's easy to notice them when water is making a splashing sound.
(I used to have hamsters, but hamsters drank water by themselves)
It was important for Polo to be able to drink water whenever he wanted, so I would take him to the water fountain to remind him that "water is here" by making a noise with my finger and splashing the water.
Then, for about a year, my efforts were fruitless.
Polo was dehydrated
Even though Polo is resistant to dryness, he goes without saying that it is a living creature and needs moisture. Moreover, he love warm places. It probably loses water very fast, I think.
When Polo was not feeling well, I went to see him at the veterinary hospital. I had no idea why he was sick, but they took his blood and found out the cause. The results showed that he was dehydrated.
He had diarrhea, so he must have lost a lot of water. I didn't know if the diarrhea was caused by dehydration or by something else, but the immediate treatment was to stop the diarrhea by getting the gastrointestinal activity back to normal and to make sure he was drinking enough water to avoid dehydration.
How much should I have him drink water?
I have no idea about this… First of all, when I force-feed him, I feed him with water in his food. Then, after that, I put water in her mouth.
Instead of forcing water into his mouth, I made it so that he could drink water when he licked it. I didn't know the right amount, so I left it to Polo to decide.
"I'll let him drink when he wants." is the policy.
He licks when he wants it and stops licking when he doesn't want it. (And I do believe that.) I try to stop when he stops licking the water.
Polo finally drank the water
Polo was such a handful, but the other day he finally went to drink water by himself. And he did it next day also. Well, that's good, that's good.
I took him to the water fountain every day, and it was worth the effort to get his body a little wet and appeal for water. But I'm not reassured, I'm going to continue to monitor the situation.
The following is a list of the tools Polo uses, and I hope they are useful for you.