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New adult rescue bearded dragon

Postby Jayleehobbs » Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:27 pm

I just brought an older rescue bearded dragon home. I am looking for any advice on bonding with him and making him feel safe and happy.

I do not know a lot about his past. I know that he was taken in as a rescue originally by a woman that had him for a few years and she does not know how old he is. She recently got separated from her husband and he was with him for about a month and definitely neglected. She found his with mouth rot, which is starting to heal.

I just got him home tonight and he is definitely stressed out, which I expected with a car drive, being moved around, and being in a new place. He has stayed flattened out. I’m also worried he’s too thin.

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He came with a cage and it definitely needs cleaning. But I don’t want to stress him out too much right away. I want to know the most gentle way to do this.

I am also wondering about the best way to give him a bath while he is still adjusting and scared.

I am making him a vet appointment first thing in the morning.

I just want to give him a good life. So any advice is much appreciated
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Re: New adult rescue bearded dragon

Postby destiny1998 » Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:04 pm

Hi. Poor guy glad you rescued him. Can you go over his setup? Lights used? Brands? How big is the enclosure? How do you take the temps? What are they? He definitely has MBD. Doesn't look to bad, but definitely on the thin side. What did the vet say?
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Re: New adult rescue bearded dragon

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Feb 05, 2021 6:12 am

He looks dehydrated --- please offer him water - is he eating? You can rinse his salads before serving and that will give him moisture --- please go over his UVB and basking temps NO stick ons and NO coils for UVB ---- hes going to need some real TLC to bring him back and the first thing is starting w/ his UVB and basking temps they are the most important thing in the tank --- ignore the kale thing its a good staple feeder -he needs a good staple insect as well I recommend dubia roaches
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Re: New adult rescue bearded dragon

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:31 pm

I agree that he looks a bit stressed out and possibly dehydrated. I would focus on getting him hydrated by dripping water on his nose to lick up. I would also pick up some MaxiGuard gel so you can clean the area that is infected along the front of his mouth. Keeping that clean and allowing it to heal will likely make him feel much better and get him more likely to eat.

It's also important that his enclosure is sanitary and the lighting is correct. I would take him out and put him onto a nice soft blanket (in a box if you want, but not really needed if he isn't moving around much). Once he is comfortable you can go about cleaning and sanitizing his enclosure. Once that's done you can work through the equipment he came with and adjust temps, set up proper UVB etc.
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Re: New adult rescue bearded dragon

Postby AHBD » Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:50 pm

Poor old thing, I hope he makes it. You can get some raw unpasteurized honey for his mouth. Mix it with a tiny bit of lukewarm water and offer some to drink as well as to coat his mouth. Raw honey is a great wound healer. Like Cooper mentioned hydration is important so offer the drinks a few times a day if he'll take it. If you have any freshly shed insects [ so they're very soft ] you can offer 1-2 at a time. Ask the vet for Critical Care formula supplement for him too.
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