Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

This forum is for urgent health concerns, where your beardie seems very ill and you need immediate help!

Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby ZackF » Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:50 am

[TOPIC AUTO-LOCKED DUE TO INACTIVITY]

Hi, iv'e had one of my beardies for over a month now. He's about 13 weeks old. He normally eats mealies and refuses crickets, but he does like his lobsters. Recently, i found that he has been sleeping with his head upright. I have been letting him drink everyday and as much as he wants to but he doesn't seem to be able to swallow properly. He's getting abit skinny now, and has been refusing food. He has always been opening his mouth every now and then, looking as if he has breathing problems.

I do hope any of you out there can help me with my situation
Thanks
Zack
User avatar
ZackF
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:43 am

Re: Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby Beardednoob » Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:58 am

How long from nose to tail tip is your dragon? Smaller dragons (under 16inches) should not be fed meal worms. Also when young just stay away from the hard bodied feeders altogether stick with crickets or BSF larvae like Phoenix Worms or Reptiworms. Silk Worms are another good feeder for younger dragons.
Does he poop on a regular schedule? Is it at least once a day? What are his humidity levels?
Can we also get your enclosure details--
Substrate
Temperatures
Decor
UV Source
Is he given water in a dish or from a syringe? Do you bathe him?
ImageImageImageImageImage
User avatar
Beardednoob
BD.org Addict
 
Posts: 7410
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:12 pm
Location: Utah

Re: Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby ZackF » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:03 am

Problem is i'm from Malaysia and most soft bodied feeders such as Repti worms and silkies aren't available here. My dubias and my lobsters are still stablilzing so i can't exactly feed them yet. My lil guy is about 9.5" now. He doesn't poop once a day since last week. His humidity levels should be alright as he's kept semi outdoors.
Substrate details, i'm using newspaper, he has a 75ww lamp which is turned off in the day as it gets to more than 35 celcius in the afternoon here. He has 2 stones and just his food and water dish. And i'm using a custom made rack which is 18" high for each tank, his UV source is about 8" away from him. Yes i do bath him, every 2 days.

Thanks
Zack
User avatar
ZackF
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:43 am

Re: Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby aNewRising » Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:36 am

The UVB light is what will help him digest correctly. You need a 10.0 light.
Image
aNewRising
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 40
Joined: Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:31 am
Location: Colorado

Re: Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby Beardednoob » Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:50 am

aNewRising wrote:The UVB light is what will help him digest correctly. You need a 10.0 light.


And basking, they need to raise their temperatures to around 96 degrees internally to properly digest too. :D
ImageImageImageImageImage
User avatar
Beardednoob
BD.org Addict
 
Posts: 7410
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:12 pm
Location: Utah

Re: Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby ZackF » Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:24 pm

My lil guy still isn't eating, he's been lifting his head up everytime he sleeps and he opens his mouth often, as if he couldn't breath properly. His beard turned black as well. Normally that presents as a sick dragon i suppose. He's also grown thin, real thin as he doesn't eat. Hopefully someone has the right answers for me.

Thanks
Zack
User avatar
ZackF
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:43 am

Re: Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby Beardednoob » Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:57 am

Can you provide a picture of your dragon and some of your enclosure?
ImageImageImageImageImage
User avatar
Beardednoob
BD.org Addict
 
Posts: 7410
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:12 pm
Location: Utah

Re: Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby ZackF » Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:59 am

Will get some soon, he's housed in a 2 x 2 x 18 for now. Newspaper as a substrate, 10.0 UVB and a 75ww basking lamp. Sunbathed everyday, bathed twice a day. 1st time this has happened to me in keeping youngsters. Not sure what's wrong with him. '

Thanks
Zack
User avatar
ZackF
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:43 am

Re: Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby ZackF » Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:07 am

It's something to do internally i'm sure, he's been crapping green poop. Iv'e already dewormed him.
I have fed him liquid multivitamins provided by my vet (Normally use this for the elder dragons before breeding), and he has trouble swallowing them. He keeps his head up often and opens his mouth once in awhile. He's showing a little bit of black beard and he's getting less and less active each day.
User avatar
ZackF
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:43 am

Re: Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby Beardednoob » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:27 am

Bathing 2 times a day cause he is not right? Normally this is 2-3 times a week.
ImageImageImageImageImage
User avatar
Beardednoob
BD.org Addict
 
Posts: 7410
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:12 pm
Location: Utah

Re: Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby ZackF » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:28 am

Yeah, he seems to lose alot of fluids after he goes to the bathroom, so to make sure i bath him twice a day, and he drinks all the time.
Any ideas on what may be wrong with him? Anyone?

Zack
User avatar
ZackF
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:43 am

Re: Bearded Dragon not able to swallow properly.

Postby Beardednoob » Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:12 pm

Possibly a mild throat infection? I am not totally sure. Was there blood work done at the Vet? You may have to request a blood test if there wasn't.
ImageImageImageImageImage
User avatar
Beardednoob
BD.org Addict
 
Posts: 7410
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:12 pm
Location: Utah


Return to Beardie ER

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: MapleDeer