Possible birth defect/injury.

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Possible birth defect/injury.

Postby Zacherysmith18 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:17 am

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Hey there, recently my wife and I adopted a dragon and we're not totally sure his former situation. He seems happy, energetic, good eater, etc. He did however come with a little dent on the right side of his head (or maybe that's how he looks) but his mouth on the same side never fully closes, he's got a Sylvester Stallone thing going on. Has anyone else ever experienced this? He has a vet appointment later this month but I just wanted others experience. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Possible birth defect/injury.

Postby Claudiusx » Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:13 am

Hi there,

It is kind of hard to see the dent in the first picture, probably because of the angle, but I think I see what you are talking about.

The jaw thing hopefully isn't caused by a broken bone or anything.

It's possible it's a birth defect. It's more likely (IMO) that it would be caused by improper husbandry and MBD softening the jawbone.

You will definitely want the vet to take an X-ray if possible.

Zacherysmith18 wrote:we're not totally sure his former situation

Are you able to contact the previous owners at all for clarification? It might help to figure out if it is caused by MBD, or an injury.

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Re: Possible birth defect/injury.

Postby Zacherysmith18 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:57 am

Thank you for the response, the message board auto filled where it said we don't know much, I did not write that lol but it was someone my wife sorta knows and I'd asked her to contact the former owner about medical history, when we received him and his housing it wasn't in the best condition but I revamped and deep cleaned everything, so you may be right about that, but he's been getting proper greens and protein since moving here so hopefully it will be all good. Unfortunately there's really only one really reputable reptile vet in town so it's about a month wait unless it's an emergency but he's got an appointment.😁
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Re: Possible birth defect/injury.

Postby Drache613 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:48 pm

Hello,

I agree, it is likely something from previous care. He is a nice looking dragon though!
Which UVB light are you currently using for him?
If this hasn't affected his eating, then it shouldn't be hurting him any. Sometimes they can
have birth defects that just don't go away.

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