beardie not pooping or eating much

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beardie not pooping or eating much

Postby Delilaheve » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:19 am

This may be a long post sorry, I'm new at all this ): So I've had my 1 year old female beardie for 2 weeks now and she hasn't pooped but maybe 4 times since I got her, and the past time she went it was mostly runny and brown and smelled really bad. Shes also only wanting to eat insects for the past 4 or 5 days, not touching veggies at all even if I attempt hand feeding. (I've been feeding her kale and carrots with the calcium powder on top) Shes been lethargic, and not wanting to bask very much. I was using what the store sold her with (she has been using this set up since she was with her last owner, who got her as a baby) which was a 20 gallon and a mercury vapor bulb and UVB bulb which only kept the temp at 86 degrees at most. I realized about 5 days ago that thats not good at all so I upgraded her to a 40 gallon tank with a ceramic heater with her mercury vapor bulb, 12 hours on and 12 hours off like usual. This keeps the temp around 95 to 100 all the time now, Is she possibly just adjusting to her temps being better now or is something else possibly wrong?
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Re: beardie not pooping or eating much

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:37 am

Well the warmer basking temp is going to help w/ the digestion -- keep offering the vegies and see if she starts to eat them now that the temps are up there --- mine is very stubborn as well and hes about 17 months old and does not like his vegies either -- if I hand feed he will eat them but if I just leave the dish in there he wont touch them - he is still eating dubias -- the mercury vapor bulb what watt is it?
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Re: beardie not pooping or eating much

Postby Delilaheve » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:46 am

Its 75 watts. I was thinking of increasing it to 100 watts until i saw it was keeping her basking spot around 95 degrees i didn't want to burn her
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Re: beardie not pooping or eating much

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:15 pm

maybe a little warmer is gonna help w/ digestion - but not sure about the UVB --- someone else will haft to chime in on this
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Re: beardie not pooping or eating much

Postby Delilaheve » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:38 pm

So I'm pretty sure its a respiratory infection because I noticed today she was rubbing her face on the glass a lot and I looked closer and saw she had a blocked nostril. I googled how to unblock it and tried to use a wet q tip to loosen it up and it helped a little but I've already made an appointment at my local small animal/exotic hospital to do an exam/fecal exam tomorrow morning to be sure thats all it is.
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Re: beardie not pooping or eating much

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:17 pm

Is the blocked nostril just a piece of shed? If so, the nostril plug should work free on it's own after a while.
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Re: beardie not pooping or eating much

Postby ElisaAndSteven » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:41 am

Delilaheve wrote:So I'm pretty sure its a respiratory infection because I noticed today she was rubbing her face on the glass a lot and I looked closer and saw she had a blocked nostril. I googled how to unblock it and tried to use a wet q tip to loosen it up and it helped a little but I've already made an appointment at my local small animal/exotic hospital to do an exam/fecal exam tomorrow morning to be sure thats all it is.


That's very common during the shedding process. Chances are, if your dragon is rubbing its face on anything, it's shedding or preparing for it. The inside of the nostril sheds as well, and looks like a boogie coming out. It's important not to tear the loose skin off for them, as it can damage new skin. Only the very very loose stuff that essentially flakes off I'll assist with.

How is she acting today? The new tank setup should definitely cheer her up if she doesn't have anything else wrong with her.
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