Swelling

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Swelling

Postby DeJoah » Wed May 26, 2021 11:18 am

Noticed this only two days ago... thought he was only beginning to use the restroom only for to notice the next morning it’s just there and he still had it. Third day in now I am really worried.
His name is Smaug and he is now a couple months over 2 years. 16 inches long.
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Re: Swelling

Postby DeJoah » Wed May 26, 2021 11:21 am

Quick note, he is still very active and moving around.
this is his cage:
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Re: Swelling

Postby KarrieRee » Wed May 26, 2021 11:28 am

Please get a digital probe thermometer -- the stick ons are inaccurate for basking temps -- if your using a IR gun I still recommend getting a digital probe as well -- what are you using for a UVB? If your using a MVB what brand and bulb please? -- He looks like hes impacted -- what are you feeding for a staple feeder and how big are the insects? Has he gone to the bathroom? Can you get a pic of his butt / vent please--- if this is the case NO ENEMAS if you go to the vet --- we can start w/ some natural laxatives to get him to go poop ----
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Re: Swelling

Postby DeJoah » Wed May 26, 2021 1:47 pm

Will look into getting one, any suggestions for digital probe thermometers? I do not have an IR gun for my personal use, my father has one but I wont be allowed to use it. I actually defiantly get one of those too because it be helpful for keeping track of temperature for as double caution for 3D printing stuff (Would want to over melt plastic or burn it).

As for UVB, I have 13 watt bulb from Thrive.

For staple food, I rotated every so often crickets (about they about a 1 in long range), carrots (I don't have anything else), and some red feeder kibble from Fluker's (She goes crazy for this stuff). I have given dehydrated crickets and meal worms before but he really doesn't care for it. Every Christmas (hopefully Christmas day) I give Smaug horn worms (because its the day I got him, a gift from my gramps.). Occasionally I do go out and by some veggies for her and make a salad (speaking of which, any suggestions for that?)

I'll get a picture of the vent up close here soon (a different reply)

No, I haven't seen any fresh poop in the past three days. I have seen on many many different post that enemas will kill reptiles due to there sensitive body parts.

natural laxatives, I don't know what I be doing with those. Honestly, never even heard of the word. Where would I get some?
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Re: Swelling

Postby DeJoah » Wed May 26, 2021 1:53 pm

Here is close up picture of vent:
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Re: Swelling

Postby KarrieRee » Wed May 26, 2021 4:55 pm

He looks impacted --- please get some canned pumpkin or unsweetened applesauce or baby prunes - feed them till he poops -- but the biggest concern is this As for UVB, I have 13 watt bulb from Thrive.
Your dragon is basically getting no UVB and is causing poop issues / impaction along w/ him developing MBD --- you need to replace the UVB w/ this 24" fixture this comes w/ a 5.0 bulb hang on to it you can use it as a back up but distance and placement is different from the bulb you need for that tank https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/zoo ... -hood.html
22" bulb https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/zoo ... vb-t5.html
or you can get this one its very good and the bulb comes w / it
24" fixture https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/arc ... b-kit.html
But you need to get this replaced like yesterday --- you also need this https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/zoo ... meter.html
this is another issue w/ not pooping --- this stuff I just posted is the MOST IMPORTANT THING in the tank ---- start w/ giving the natural laxatives for the dragon -- he needs a better diet like live food staple feeders like dubias or crickets or BSFL or silk worms - your dragon needs fresh salads every morning and calcium D3 and vitamins w/ beta carotene -- your dragon is not healthy and you need to start doing some changing -- hes getting sicker by the day -- I can post some websites for insects / worms here is a nutrition website http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html ignore the kale thing its a good staple feeder --
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Re: Swelling

Postby destiny1998 » Wed May 26, 2021 6:19 pm

Hi. Are you sure he's a he.? My female looks like that when she's about to lay. Can you take a better picture? Make sure the tail is arched more.
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Re: Swelling

Postby DeJoah » Thu May 27, 2021 4:04 am

Though I have had her for over two years now, I'm just know nothing and I've known that much. When I first got him, I didn't want to get him because I didn't think I was ready but my grandfather got him anyway. So, excited, I did what I could.

Just a question... why would a UVB lamp rod work better than a 13 watt Thrive bulb?

I do want to say, I've given many kinds of fruits. He doesn't touch them. But He does like carrots, and does eat his greens. But I'll try again.
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Re: Swelling

Postby DeJoah » Thu May 27, 2021 4:05 am

destiny1998 wrote:Hi. Are you sure he's a he.? My female looks like that when she's about to lay. Can you take a better picture? Make sure the tail is arched more.


I don't know really. I've had Smaug for two years now and haven't gotten a single egg so thats why I don't think Smaug is a female.
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Re: Swelling

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 27, 2021 5:29 am

The Thrive brand is not a good one and from past people experiences w/ the coil bulbs that come here their dragons are doing terrible --- coils have CFL's and they are terrible for emitting UVB --- please get your UVB changed out ASAP-- your dragon is basically getting NO UVB and is getting sicker by the day --- please start w/ the canned pumpkin or unsweetened applesauce or baby prunes -- your dragon needs to be hydrated -- how has he been getting water -- w/ eating no vegies hes not really getting any water and that too is a issue w/ not going to the bathroom--- do you give him baths and does he drink in the bath?
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Re: Swelling

Postby destiny1998 » Thu May 27, 2021 10:30 am

My girl didn't have eggs until she was 5. The picture you posted looks female from what I see. That's why I asked for a better picture.
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Re: Swelling

Postby DeJoah » Thu May 27, 2021 12:44 pm

KarrieRee wrote:The Thrive brand is not a good one and from past people experiences w/ the coil bulbs that come here their dragons are doing terrible --- coils have CFL's and they are terrible for emitting UVB --- please get your UVB changed out ASAP-- your dragon is basically getting NO UVB and is getting sicker by the day --- please start w/ the canned pumpkin or unsweetened applesauce or baby prunes -- your dragon needs to be hydrated -- how has he been getting water -- w/ eating no vegies hes not really getting any water and that too is a issue w/ not going to the bathroom--- do you give him baths and does he drink in the bath?

She was constipated, I just noticed a minute ago that the swell is now gone so I checked the whole cage (not going to show picture) but found a pile as big as her head.
I will see to getting the new uvb rods. Other question, since UVB bulbs from thrive aren't reliable (I didn't know so don't be so upset at me for that. This isn't particular common knowledge) I give him a single serving of unsweeted applesauce for good measure then go back. I have put together a list of all the things i need to by and keep buying for hence forth now. Thanks!
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Re: Swelling

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 27, 2021 12:49 pm

It's good he pooped- please let me know what you get so I can help you place the new uvb-- they have certain distances and placement-- don't beat yourself up a lot of people don't know about brands etc of UVB's-
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Re: Swelling

Postby DeJoah » Thu May 27, 2021 12:50 pm

destiny1998 wrote:My girl didn't have eggs until she was 5. The picture you posted looks female from what I see. That's why I asked for a better picture.

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Re: Swelling

Postby Drache613 » Sat May 29, 2021 11:34 pm

Hello,

That does appear to be female.. That's great she is doing better. They definitely can get
impacted a bit. You can try to keep her a little more hydrated in case she was dehydrated.
You can also give some soft foods in addition to her foods in case she is still a little backed
up right now.
Don't be hard on yourself regarding the UVB lighting, the information eludes most people
& the petstores don't give enough information out for new owners either. Good UVB lighting
is important.
Let us know how she is doing.

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