Loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss

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Loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss

Postby BrdTrmptr2 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:45 am

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Hello there,
I have a pair of bearded dragons 1 male about 9 months old, 1 female about 7 months old . PREVIOUSLY they were housed together for several months with no problems. About a month ago I noticed that the male was displaying the typical mating rituals and actually attempted to perform the deed once or twice. I have since separated them and they are now in their own enclosures.

The MALE is housed in a 75 gal tank:
multiple basking areas of 90-105 F --160 watt Solar Glo UVB
cool side of the tank is at about 80- 85
reptile carpet substrate
diet of greens (doesn't usually eat), crickets, meal (occasionally), phoenix, wax, and super worms.

He has continued to display head bobbing, darkened beard and scratching at glass when the female can be seen. Within the past week he seems to have lost his appetite. I can only get him to eat 3-4 large dusted crickets a day. I can't get him to eat anything else, even his favorite the super worms. He looks at the other foods and "licks his lips" but doesn't attempt to eat. He seems healthy and active...

Initially I thought he was just focused to trying to mate. But now I'm not certain. He has daily bowel movements but they are small and often times soft, watery and light brown. I don't know if this is because of the lack of food taken in, or maybe he has something else going on? I am starting to see noticeable weight loss and am getting rather concerned. I do bath him every other day to avoid dehydration. Today I sprayed him with water and he was actively drinking the water droplets so I continued until he had had enough--a good amount of water.

Any suggestions as to what could be going on? THANK YOU
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Re: Loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss

Postby Momomo » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:02 am

could be parasites. I would do a fecal test to make sure.
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Re: Loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss

Postby BrdTrmptr2 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:04 am

Is there a good dyi kit or maik in service i can use?
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Re: Loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss

Postby Momomo » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:06 am

BrdTrmptr2 wrote:Is there a good dyi kit or maik in service i can use?


not sure. I heard some people get the kit from here http://beardeddragon.co/, and you can even send them the fecal and they will test it for you. I just went to my local vet and did a fecal test for my beardie there.
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Re: Loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss

Postby brittani299 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:33 pm

Hello :). The UVB is wrong. I would change it to reptisun 10.0 tube bulb and mount it inside the tank using a cheap fixture from Walmart and command strips. The wrong UVB can be causing those problems
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Re: Loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss

Postby brittani299 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:38 pm

Also don't mist the tank. It can raise the humidity and cause a respitory infection. Also i think something might be wrong could you answer these questions:

How old is your dragon?
How long have you had your dragon?
How long is your dragon?
What is the sex of your dragon?
What size enclosure do you have your dragon in?
What type substrate do you have on the bottom of your tank?
Do you use UVB lights?
If so, Is it a coil, compact, fluorescent tube, or Mercury Vapor bulb?
What is the brand name and number of your bulb? Wattage (if MVB)?
How old is your UVB bulb?
How close can your dragon get to the UVB?
Do you use a separate basking bulb? What kind and what is the wattage? Is it a white or colored bulb?
Di you have any type of night time heat source (ceramic heat emitter, colored bulb, etc)?
How long are lights on each day?
What are the basking temps?
What is the cool side temp?
What is the night time temp?
Do you take the temps with a stick on thermometer, a digital thermometer with a wire and a probe end or a temp gun?
Where exactly are you taking your basking temps?
Do you use a heat rock or heat pad?
What do you feed your dragon? Please be specific.
How often do you feed and what time do you feed (morning, afternoon, night)?
Do you gutload (feed) your crickets, worms, etc?
Do you use vitamin or calcium supplements? What brand(s)? How many days a week do you use each of them?
Is your dragon having regular bowel movements (poops)?
Do you bathe your dragon? How often?
Do you mist your dragon or offer water other than in the bath?
Have you gotten a vet check and fecal done?
Does your dragon share an enclosure with another dragon?
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