PREGNANT BEARDED DRAGON- EGG BOUND

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PREGNANT BEARDED DRAGON- EGG BOUND

Postby kennedyv » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:30 pm

Hello, posting on this forum to spread awareness to the topic.
Here is a little background on how she normally is-
My 2 year old bearded dragon, Zeus has been happy and healthy since adopting her, she's a very calm beardy and likes to be spoiled- ever since adopting her I've put her to bed every night in a fluffy bed w a blanket and she mostly runs off of my sleep schedule w a little extra time to sleep in. She has always been a lot smaller than most and is definitely the runt. She's picky, stubborn, likes to take baths and usually likes to chill on our shoulders and go shopping w us or hangout outside when its hot out. She has about a 50G tank w/ 10.0 UVB and 150w basking heat light.

However, back in February out of nowhere she began throwing up. Even though I researched all things I needed to know prior to adoption, I only thought this issue might be parasites or an infection. After taking her to the vet the first time she threw up, we found out she had infertile eggs that weren't calcified yet-(FEBRUARY 26th) it looked to be about 20-30 eggs. Unfortunately I wasn't aware that bearded dragons could become pregnant w/o mating.

The veterinarian (very limited because she is an exotic pet) told us to only continue feeding her greens and to give her calcium for 10 days. Zeus isn't a fan of her greens so we struggled to get her to eat, but after she realized she wasn't getting any other form of food, she decided to eat occasionally. The vet had mentioned a lay box but didn't make it sound like a priority so I was hoping she would have the eggs during one of her baths and waited to do the lay box until the future not realizing how important it was.

Fast forward to the beginning of April; she slowly stopped eating her greens, became more lethargic than usual, and was starting to sleep throughout the day (which isn't like her because she usually only sleeps when I put her to bed at night.) After about 2-3 days of refusing food, she was starting to look very weak, throwing up, and wasn't able to go to the bathroom but was straining. We took her into the vet once again the day after (about 6 weeks into her pregnancy). On Thursday April 9th, the vet did another X-ray of her abdomen and was able to see that the eggs were now more calcified and becoming a lot larger than in February. She also mentioned how dehydrated Zeus was looking although at this point we were giving her about 3 baths a day for about 15 min each bath. They continued by giving her fluids under her skin & an injection of oxytocin to try and help her have the eggs because she was straining. We were also sent home w carafate to help coat her stomach since she didn't feel well.

After leaving the vet Thursday she immediately seemed more stressed, lethargic, her beard was extremely black at this point and her fat pads above her eyes were looking very sunken in. SEE PICTURES FOR APRIL 9TH THURSDAY[Click image to enlarge]
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Once we got home and noticed she was knocked out and couldn't keep her eyes open we figured she was just extremely stressed so we called the vet again and she assured us that zeus was just really exhausted and stressed out. While we waited for her to wake up again and try to lay, we made her a lay box and let her relax that night. The next morning she didn't want to get up so i put her on her basking spot and noticed her stomach looked worse than the day before (SEE PICTURE FOR APRIL 10th) [Click image to enlarge]

We called the vet and she recommended we bring her back in to do a second round of oxytocin. Once the vet saw her condition she said we should keep her over night and see if she has the eggs and if she doesn't then surgery would be our next step for April 11th (today) if she didn't improve. We got a call from the doctor this morning at 8am saying that zeus had not played any eggs and that she was still just as lethargic as the day prior so we went ahead and had them do the surgery. After the surgery around 11am we got a call saying that they had removed about 50 eggs from inside her abdomen and had flushed it out because she did have an egg that ruptured and they wanted to prevent any infection. Although her surgery went well, they said her heartbeat was very slow and she hadn't woken up yet. We haven't heard from the vet since two hours post procedure but they are supposed to call us in the morning to give us an update on if she wakes up or not. My concern is that zeus is extremely stubborn, has always been a runt and loves her sleep, I'm hoping she wakes up sooner than later, but any positivity at this point will help. I will leave an update once I get more information from the vet and will post healthy past pictures of her below to show her state prior to the eggs.
SORRY AGAIN FOR THE LONG POST!
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Re: PREGNANT BEARDED DRAGON- EGG BOUND

Postby Drache613 » Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:06 pm

Hello,

Oh my, your poor poor girl! That is a lot of eggs to have been trapped inside of her, I am very
surprised that she has made it this far. Is she on any antibiotics for the ruptured follicle?
When you anticipate them releasing her to come home with you?
I would imagine that she will need some intensive care, lots of fluids & rest. When will you be
speaking to the vet again?
I am so glad that your vet did surgery on her since she wasn't passing them, she would have
crashed on you.
The Reptisun 10 is a tube bulb, correct?
Are you planning on giving her a good liquid calcium supplement also, she will most likely really
need that for awhile. That many eggs really zaps them.

Let us know how she is doing.
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Re: PREGNANT BEARDED DRAGON- EGG BOUND

Postby kennedyv » Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:23 pm

Tracie, thank you so much for your concern & reply. It means so much to have someone even read my post while we’re going through this. We haven’t been able to talk to the vet for too long because of all of the closures of covid 19, so we’ve been communicating via phone very little. So although we know about the ruptured follicle, we haven’t even thought to ask about antibiotics on that. I will definitely bring that up to the vet once I hear from him again. He is supposed to phone us tomorrow first thing in the morning to let us know if she’s woken up yet. I haven’t been able to find too much on anesthesia in bearded dragons so I’m scared it might take her longer to even wake up :( the light is a tube bulb & ive tried my hardest to make her environment as amazing as possible. I’m hoping to get her liquid calcium if she is able to have a speedy recovery & we hope to bring her home as soon as she wakes up & is stable. Thank you so much again for being concerned. Most people don’t understand how attached we get to these types of animals & I really appreciate the reply.
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Re: PREGNANT BEARDED DRAGON- EGG BOUND

Postby kennedyv » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:18 am

UPDATE ON ZEUS -
Zeus past away over night last night April 12. The doctor said the medication wore off & she still hadn’t woken up. We’re devastated by this news.
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