Underweight adult beardy

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Underweight adult beardy

Postby tdxdmc » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:24 am

I adopted a 5 year old beardy from a friend, who did not take care of him. He was eating once a week, and bathing once a month if that. I have had him for about 2 weeks now, and I have had to force feed him critical care to get is appetite back up. HE is now eating live feeders and greens and seems to be putting a little weight on. I got him at 207 grams, nearly dead. How long does it generally take to fatten a beardy up? He has the bones at the base of his tail still showing a lot, and I feel so bad for him.
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Re: Underweight adult beardy

Postby Mysty » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:46 pm

You're doing the right thing with critical care. If he came with his old setup do check that temps are correct and uvb tube has rece5ntky been changed as this is crucial.

Recovery happens at different rates so there's no set amount of time to continue using critical care. The bathing isn't important unless he's dirty or having trouble pooping, in which case warm water can help.

Hopefully you'll see big changes soon as he's getting the right care.
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Re: Underweight adult beardy

Postby tdxdmc » Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:01 pm

the critical care from oxbow is incredible. That was his only food for a week, and I saw huge improvement every day. He went from sleeping all day and throwing up, to being awake, alert, and mischievous. I started to feed him butter worms and super worms this week while cutting the critical care down to just a little for the extra nutrients. He eats it well, he goes to bite at the syringe and i can squirt most of it in his mouth in one shot. As for the baths, i had taken him to the vet in the beginning and he recommended i bathed him 2x a day. I now lowered it to every other day. He was horribly dehydrated in the beginning, the vet even injected liquids into his back. At 207 grams he was at deaths door. How long does it normally take to beef them up?
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Re: Underweight adult beardy

Postby tdxdmc » Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:02 pm

and the temps are good, i got 2 new thermometers for the wall, and a temp gun for his basking spot. I am however replacing all the lights as soon as i can.
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