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Dyskinetic syndrome (dks)

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Stan Schultz, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. Dravyn

    Dravyn Arachnopeon

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    I think I might actually have an answer for something. I noticed that dks has mostly been in the grammostola genus
     
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  2. Debbie Mcclure

    Debbie Mcclure Arachnopeon Active Member

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    No don't say that!!! I just bought my first one :(
    A Chaco golden knee :(
     
  3. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Nope ;) All species can develop these symptoms. Also, 'dks' is not a thing in itself but a symptom of something else.
     
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  4. Debbie Mcclure

    Debbie Mcclure Arachnopeon Active Member

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    Like what??
     
  5. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    It is just a made up term for a bunch of symptoms that is not an illness onto itself.
    These symptoms usually have another cause, like being exposed to toxins someway or another.
    Read this whole thread, it has bern explained into detail.
    In case that's not enough, read this thread, especially Viper69's post.
    http://arachnoboards.com/threads/dyskinetic-syndrome.289958/
    Why are you worried, does your spider act weird?
     
  6. Debbie Mcclure

    Debbie Mcclure Arachnopeon Active Member

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    No. All mine are just slings right now. I had heard perfumes and airfreshners might be suspect. I use to use both. Just trying to make sure mine stay healthy as I can. Trying to find out all I can about various things. A YouTube friend of mine kinda inherited a couple T's that unfortunately have this horrible disease. It was heartbreaking to watch to say the least. One is an already mature male and the other a subadult female, I believe. Whatever causes it, I hope someone figures out every thing. I love my babies as I know everyone does. Can't believe I just said I actually love a spider and meant it :O. If someone would've told me I'd be saying that a year ago, I would've accused them of being crazy, lol. Ty Andrea
     
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  7. mersch

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  8. mersch

    mersch Arachnopeon

    I havent been actively on this forum since my last T passed in 2012. I've had many before that. All in a multi species house with dogs/cats and have used flea/tick drops on all the cats and dogs. The T's I had were always in some sort of commen room that the cat/dog would also be in at times (but not able to get near the T's enclosures) So this is the 1st I've of the DKS symptoms. Is it something that has been on the increase in recent years? Or just more reported as hobby keeping has grown? Non of my T's ever exhibited any of the symptoms. wondering because I am looking into get another T......
     
  9. cold blood

    cold blood ArachnoGod Active Member

    Saying a t has DKS is like saying one has "runny nose syndrome".

    Yeah, runny nose is what's happening, but its not the cause, its the result of a cause...which could vary greatly from a cold, the flu, pneumonia (etc.), allergies, or just the cold weather you are outside skiing in.

    DKS is a description of a symptom, of which the cause has been known to vary, although poison exposure and dehydration seem to be the most common...but they wouldn't be the only causes and fact is that we just don't always know the specific cause as tarantula necropsies aren't too popular.
     
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  10. Debbie Mcclure

    Debbie Mcclure Arachnopeon Active Member

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    I'm not really sure myself. I just got into the hobby a few months ago and just recently heard about and saw a couple T's that has it. I believe it is something that has been going on and escalating for a while. Sad thing is, only cure for them is to molt out of it and sometimes even that doesn't work. That's what I've read and heard. It's heartbreaking to say the least even if it's not my pet...
     
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  11. cold blood

    cold blood ArachnoGod Active Member

    Its not escalating...there's just more ts out there and more people talking....its not a common occurrence....in 20 years that incident with my neighbor is the only time I have seen such symptoms aside from you tube. Its not something to worry about until it happens...like your next car accident...we don't stop driving just because a boom could happen...cause it probably isn't going to happen today.
     
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