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Discussion in 'Bearded Dragon Health' started by Dogdayz1215, Jul 28, 2019.

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    Dogdayz1215 Juvenile Dragon

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    Ok. Here is where I'm at. Puff is 2 yrs old and has done great! He has a huge enclosure....uvb light changed every 6 months (got a new one about 1.5 months ago) basking area sits around 88-90 degrees. He gets fresh dandelion greens daily but doesnt eat them much. I add in acorn squash or the like but he rarely eats it. He eats dubia roaches covered in multivitamin and vit c powders. Something seemed off about a month ago, he hadnt pooped and was lethargic and not eating as much. Gave him a bath, he pooped, seemed much better within a day or 2. I did take the fecal into work (I'm a vet) and sent it to the lab. Negative for parasites. We just got back from a 2 week vacation and he seems off again. I'm waiting to hear from our pet sitter about how he acted while we were gone. He has eaten 3 roaches in the past week, no veggies. And I havent seen him move from his baking spot. He does change directions he is facing but that's it. When he does move he just seems weak. He is shedding but he usually doesnt act like this when he sheds.

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    Dogdayz1215 Juvenile Dragon

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    Ok. After I posted I got to thinking so I just put a new uvb bulb in just in case the other one was faulty. Timing makes sense. He is somewhat dragging his left hin leg. He can use it but definitely not normal.

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    kaylynangel Juvenile Dragon

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    Did he fall while you were gone injuring the leg ? Has he gotten his toe caught in the mesh hammock? The UVB what is in there for a bulb and is there a reflector on the bulb? The basking temp I would raise to 95-105 -- 88 -90 is not hot enough for digestion
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    Dogdayz1215 Juvenile Dragon

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    There is a reflector for the uvb....its a t5HO reptisun. I'll get a new heat bulb tomorrow. The one I have is maxed out so maybe it has lost its strength since it used to be hotter. Injury is possible. I would have no idea. Sitter didnt note anything out of the ordinary.

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    Dogdayz1215 Juvenile Dragon

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    Is it normal for their mouth to be yellowish?

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    kaylynangel Juvenile Dragon

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    T 5 is great how far from basking area is it -- the reflector needs to come off for best rays ---------------the yellowish color could be starting of a shed or just his coloring -- keep a eye on it ----------------- what size tank do you have and what wattage of bulb is there now? Ok never mind I just looked at the UVB -- take your cover off and measure how far it is from basking area --- you dont want it too close as it is a strong bulb and you dont want to over UVB him --- as far as the leg what is going on w/ it now --- ? Is he still dragging it or not using it ---- I would take the hammock out and replace it w/another type of hammock like cloth -- you can look at www.etsy.com search bearded dragon -- they have nice things for beardies --- its called pampered beardies --- make sure when you change out the basking bulb get a actual temp of where he sits to bask --- do you have a infrared heat gun?????????? those are the best for actual temps in the tank ---- I see no temp gauges at all ---------------- temps in the tank basking lights and UVB are the most crucial things for a dragon to live --- I am just glad you did not have a coil UVB--- I have been responding to so many people wondering why their dragons are lethargic and not eating etc................... they have colored bulbs and coils for UVB ---------------------ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Dogdayz1215 Juvenile Dragon

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    Yeah....ok. so the light set up hasnt changed since we got him 2 years ago. Just changed the bulbs when needed. He is still eating just not nearly as active and obviously has an odd gait. He can use his back left leg but doesnt really want to. I'll take him in tomorrow and snap an xray. On that note.....what do I need to do to keep him comfortable for the day at work? I dont have a reptile set-up there. Would it be bad for him to be there for the day without his lights? I can give him heat to keep him warm. I work a 10 hour day typically.

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    Dogdayz1215 Juvenile Dragon

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    Oh, yes I do have an infrared temp gun. I read they are the best.
    I'll remove his hammock for now although hes not even interested in going over to it. He did go down to the bottom and back up to his baking area twice tonight. That's the most activity I've seen from him since we got home a week ago. But like I said, he is still favoring mainly his back left.

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    kaylynangel Juvenile Dragon

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    Take him outside at lunch 15 minutes in direct sunlight is 4 hrs of UVB-- hopefully it's sunny and warm where you are-- the heat is good that you have it at work otherwise he will be fine-- get him out every chance you get in the sunlight but he should be okay if you also have basking light w/ you-- ok good luck vet--- go from there--
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    kaylynangel Juvenile Dragon

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    Do you have a 20 gallon tank? How do you plan to take him and keep him in while at work? You can use a large tote plastic set it up like your tank but make sure you take that heat gun so you can keep track of basking temps
    Kaylyn-
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    Dogdayz1215 Juvenile Dragon

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    Update......I didnt take Puff to work yet. After watching him he just seems really lethargic and is doing weird things with not just his left hind leg. Is it possible that this could be from him not eating roaches for 2 weeks? I'm not sure if that's the case but we were on vacation and I keep finding lives roaches in his cage or around the house. I'm wondering if my sitter put roaches in there but didnt make sure he ate. He has always been kinda lazy and we have to keep putting roaches in front of him....he wont chase them down.

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    Dogdayz1215 Juvenile Dragon

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    Forgot to mention.....he ate 8 roaches this morning. I did replace the heat bulb too to temps are up around 108 F.

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    So he is eating again? Are you feeding him salads? He needs salads every day--- he hasnt eaten in 2 weeks- he could be weak from not eating --- you need to get him some water he might be dehydrated --- drip water on his nose and see if he will lick it off you can mist him w/ a spray bottle or give him a bath and see if he will drink from the bath --- the 108 temp is good but he needs to have a gradient and I dont know if you can do that w/ the way your tank is set up- he needs to be able to move and sit in different areas w/ different temps to bask - meaning he needs options --- like if he doesnt want to sit where its too hot he can bask in a cooler temp than 108--
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    Dogdayz1215 Juvenile Dragon

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    He is eating. I'm offering roaches daily just to make sure he is eating something. I cant get him to eat salad. I usually alternate between collards and dandelions. I also shave a squash (spaghetti, acorn). Its always been a battle to get him to eat salads.

    He does have a gradient and has been moving around. Just not as active as usual. I'm wondering if it's just going to take him a while to get back to normal? He has lost weight which is concerning so I'll keep an eye on that.

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    Ok -- you can try some different vegies here is a website for nutrition ---
    http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html--- I dont know what it is about veggies but some just will not eat them --- like main the only way I can get him to eat even one bite or two is to hand feed him--- try varying them and see what happens offer him some fruit like apple or strawberries rasp - no citrus tho - you can try fresh cilantro or basil mint if you have it --the smell usually entices them also bee pollen --
    kaylyn