Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

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Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby Barker07 » Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:31 am

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Hi, My beardie Groot is nearly 6 months. About a month ago he rubbed his head when shedding and had a wound. We treated with Iodine and it was healing, now it looks like he is shedding this area again but the scales are black underneath. Is this normal? He is acting normal and eating fine.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:28 am

Please post a pic of the area so we can see it better
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby Barker07 » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:31 am

Hi added. When you look closely it is a thin clear scale with black underneath
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:32 am

Ok we need AHBD to look at it --- I will flag the post so she looks today
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby kingofnobbys » Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:00 am

My experience with injured skinks is small wound / scar area of damaged scales like that will take a few months to heal , in skinks that usually means 2 or 3 sheds .

Will be similar for a healthy dragon, make sure to provide extra live protein while this is healing, the dragon needs the protein to replace damaged skin and replace the damaged scales.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby AHBD » Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:47 am

Hi there, I agree that it should heal but you can apply some raw unpasteurized to it. It's a natural antimicrobial and good for all types of wounds. Just watch to see that it doesn't get bigger, that could indicate that it's some type of growth. But since it was from scraping it on something it seems that it's just a small wound.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby Barker07 » Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:48 am

Thank you for your help.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:27 am

I concur.

Best way to monitor it is to take a photo once a week , or every 2nd or 4th day depending on if it's getting worse (bigger) or not .

Compare photos and you'll pretty quickly spot any changes in size or appearance that you are unlikely to notice if you only rely on your memory.

If you decide to apply manuka honey to it, careful if you use crickets or roaches or locusts as feeders as they'll be drawn to the sweet honey and make the injury worse.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby Drache613 » Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:23 am

Hello,

I was thinking also, that the iodine/betadine might have discolored that area a little bit. Did
it turn dark after you used it?
As suggested, keep an eye on it & watch for changes of size, color, etc with it. Hopefully it
will eventually just shed off.

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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby Barker07 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:17 am

It went a little brown but now its black. It has shed and looked better but now its black again.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby AHBD » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:21 am

That's odd, have you been using the honey ? Can you post a new pic and is it possible that he is still rubbing it on something ?
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby Barker07 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:24 am

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He hasn't rubbed it, we haven't bought any honey yet we will get some at the weekend.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:37 am

I would get that honey asap
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby Barker07 » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:35 am

Hi All,

Update on Groot, he had a consultation with the Vet today and they believe he has dried pus under the wound which becomes solid over time. He will be going to have it removed next week. He is still his normal self which is great but the area is sore so I am hoping this will help.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Scab heal time

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:13 am

Hopefully that will allow it to heal completely. Has the injured area shown changes or signs of expansion over the past weeks?
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