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EMERGENCY! Beardie swallowed a dime

PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 5:31 pm
by charliesmom99
Hi, I have a 2 year old male beardie named Charlie. He’s about 21 inches long. About an hour ago he swallowed a dime, it just happened so fast. I made an appointment with a vet for tomorrow morning but it’s possible that he might need $1000 surgery which I can not afford. Does anyone have any knowledge on the subject or a similar experience??

Re: EMERGENCY! Beardie swallowed a dime

PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 8:01 pm
by claudiusx
I would see if it passes before opting for surgery. A dime shouldn't be too much for an adult dragon to pass although it's probably not going to be super comfortable.

-Brandon

Re: EMERGENCY! Beardie swallowed a dime

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 7:27 am
by Aaradimian
Here is a thread where one ate a penny and eventually passed it. It looks like this is a safer thing than immediately opting for a surgical route as there were other posts about going that way & the dragon not surviving. Good luck & please keep us updated!

viewtopic.php?f=49&t=204878#p1618012

Re: EMERGENCY! Beardie swallowed a dime

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 9:16 am
by claudiusx
I do want to mention that from the thread linked above, the switch to regular food is most likely what helped pass the penny through the system.

The object needs help to be pushed through the system, and the baby food she was using at first was most likely slipping right past the penny and not pushing it along.

I think the baby food is a good idea to keep nutrients moving in and out during this time, and to help prevent an impaction, but use the baby food as a supplement to the normal food you offer imo.

-Brandon

Re: EMERGENCY! Beardie swallowed a dime

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 9:32 am
by AHBD
I agree with the others, dragons can usually pass these objects so I'd just feed him mostly as usual but include a lot of hydration and offer only smallish prey items. I can imagine how worried you are but that is what I would do. Surgery has it's own huge risks.

Re: EMERGENCY! Beardie swallowed a dime

PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 8:18 pm
by claudiusx
Hi,

Any update for us?
How's your dragon doing?

-Brandon

Re: EMERGENCY! Beardie swallowed a dime

PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 4:37 pm
by charliesmom99
Hi! Thanks for all your advice and concerns, just an update charlie threw up the dime! He’s gonna be okay

Re: EMERGENCY! Beardie swallowed a dime

PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 7:10 pm
by AHBD
Good for him ! I bet you're very relieved and glad that you don't have to wait to see how it turns out.

Re: EMERGENCY! Beardie swallowed a dime

PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 7:56 pm
by claudiusx
Good news thanks for updating us :)

-Brandon

Re: EMERGENCY! Beardie swallowed a dime

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:32 am
by Drache613
Hello,

That is great news he got that out of his system, poor guy had to throw it up though!
Is his appetite doing well then after this episode?
They are absolutely so fast that it's hard to catch them on everything they do.
I'm glad that he is doing fine now.


Tracie