Sick juvenile Bearded....Help please.

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Sick juvenile Bearded....Help please.

Postby Tdavenport84 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:46 pm

Sorry this is so long......I have a juvenile female sick bearded. I'm new to the world of owning a reptile. We originally got her an a pet for our four year son about five months ago. She quickly became my pet. She has slowly stopped eating in the past month. She went from not wanting Dubai roaches to crickets to only eating meal worms. I have a very hard time getting her to eat any veggies. I can't get her to eat anything now. She is not a big drinker too. About three or four weeks ago she had a runny poop & that didn't poop for almost two weeks. We gave her a bath & let her swim in it. It worked amazingly. She was impacted. It was the biggest poop from her I'd ever seen. We have been getting her a bath more often to help her poop. But she has been going as much from lack of eating. Her last poop was this last Saturday. It was hard to tell if it was a normal looking poop cause it was in the bath. I took her to the pet store we got her from to look for guidance on getting her to eat. They showed us how to get her to open her mouth to give her crickets. She ate about four or five of them at the pet store & three the next day. Then refused eating them again. She was moving good & acting fairly normal as of Saturday. Now she is hiding a lot & very lethargic. I know she is lacking calcium that she needs cause her back legs are getting stiff. I do not have any local vets that deal with reptiles. The closest one is about an hour to an hour in a half away. They do not have anything open until July for an appointment. Two nights ago I did a telehealth appointment with a vet online. He was a big help. He even called me today to see how she was doing. He recommended daily baths with liquid calcium, getting the humidity & the temp up in the basking side of the tank. I can get it up to about 90 to 95. But I can't get it up any higher. The pet store recommended baby food to get her to eat. The vet said that would be a good idea to try it. So for the last two days I have been giving her sweet potatoes & chicken baby food. She does seem a little better today vs yesterday. I have to order different lighting for the tank. The pet store here doesn't have the good ones we should be using. Is there anything else I can be doing to help her until I can get her to a vet? How long can she last like this?

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Re: Sick juvenile Bearded....Help please.

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:55 pm

No more meal worms please! Stick ons are inaccurate for taking basking temps- you need a digital probe thermometer ASAP- what are you using for a UVB? What are you changing it out to? No coils they are inadequate!
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Re: Sick juvenile Bearded....Help please.

Postby Tdavenport84 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:35 pm

I haven't given her any more meal worms since she was impacted. Right now we are using "Thrive basking spot bulb 75 watt" & a Ceramic heat emitter. I'm sure this is wrong too. Tell me what I need & I'm going to order it. I'm at a loss on what I'm doing. I've had so much misinformation from the beginning. People shouldn't be allow to sell animals if they don't have an education on them.
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Re: Sick juvenile Bearded....Help please.

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:53 pm

Ok so the basking bulb is good as long as it is bright white and keeps basking temps 95-110 and taken w/ a digital probe thermometer that is a MUST! Next you need a 24" fixture w/ reflector for a 40+ gallon tank you need to get a Reptisun 10.0 bulb T 5- the fixture usually comes w/ a 5.0 bulb it's good but not strong enough for a desert animal- you will need a 22" bulb for the fixture-- go here and look- www.pangeareptiles.com in the meantime get her out in the direct sun / partial shade either sitting on you or in a plastic tote NO glass for 15 minutes---- no longer if she's in the tote- it will get too hot if your temps outside are hot- do this everyday till you get the UVB- 15 minutes will equal out to about 4 hrs of UVB-
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Re: Sick juvenile Bearded....Help please.

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:55 pm

Keep your heat emitter it will be good for winter- you don't need it unless your temps in the tank are falling below 65 at nite
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Re: Sick juvenile Bearded....Help please.

Postby WinFam01 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:17 pm

Get her out in the sun until you get a new uvb light.
Does she get a calcium supplement?
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