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Bath Time!!

PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:27 am
by TheBeard9789
Hey guys I'll keep this short I'm just wondering the best way to bathe a bearded dragon my younger dragon hates her bath time she ALWAYS tries to escape and I know its stressing her out and I dont want to but she needs it both the water/depth is perfect she just genuinely hates water but doesnt mind misting

Like to hear everyones thoughts and techniques if they are willing to share

As always thank you and sorry if this is in the wrong forum

Re: Bath Time!!

PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:09 pm
by Claudiusx
TheBeard9789 wrote: but she needs it

What makes you say this?

IMO, if a dragon doesn't like baths, and it's clear it stresses them out, they shouldn't get baths.

If your main goal is hydration, they only get hydrated from baths if they actually drink from the water.
If it's because she keeps getting dirty, well you can always just try a damp cloth or dipping a toothbrush into water and gently rubbing her with it.

For hydration, you can try misting the salads, or even dripping water on her nose. Most beardies can eventually learn to drink this way.

-Brandon

Re: Bath Time!!

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:08 am
by CooperDragon
I agree. There's no need for baths unless they get really soiled. Some dragons enjoy baths and others don't. If they seem to cause stress, I wouldn't force them.

Re: Bath Time!!

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:50 am
by TheBeard9789
Claudiusx wrote:
TheBeard9789 wrote: but she needs it

What makes you say this?

IMO, if a dragon doesn't like baths, and it's clear it stresses them out, they shouldn't get baths.

If your main goal is hydration, they only get hydrated from baths if they actually drink from the water.
If it's because she keeps getting dirty, well you can always just try a damp cloth or dipping a toothbrush into water and gently rubbing her with it.

For hydration, you can try misting the salads, or even dripping water on her nose. Most beardies can eventually learn to drink this way.

-Brandon

Shes still young the breeder I got her from didnt really make the effort for baths sometimes its a great way to get her to go to the bathroom for me and when shes got some stuck shed i may just have to wrap her up in a cloth from now on and use the bath for emergencies

Re: Bath Time!!

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:07 pm
by Selkie1993
I just wanted to post my opinion regarding this debated subject.

After Drogon came out of brumation, he was really dehydrated. Didn't want water on the nose, misted, wouldn't eat (later found out he had parasites) My vet suggested bathing him for 20-30 minutes to help with his hydration, and honestly, it's made a huge improvement in his overall appearance and disposition. He's more brighter and alert, and people have remarked his bright orange coloration came back!

I would say that each dragon reacts differently to baths. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't, but I still keep up with the routine every 2 days.

PS: I'm not an expert, just providing my experience :)

Re: Bath Time!!

PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:35 am
by TheBeard9789
Selkie1993 wrote:I just wanted to post my opinion regarding this debated subject.

After Drogon came out of brumation, he was really dehydrated. Didn't want water on the nose, misted, wouldn't eat (later found out he had parasites) My vet suggested bathing him for 20-30 minutes to help with his hydration, and honestly, it's made a huge improvement in his overall appearance and disposition. He's more brighter and alert, and people have remarked his bright orange coloration came back!

I would say that each dragon reacts differently to baths. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't, but I still keep up with the routine every 2 days.

PS: I'm not an expert, just providing my experience :)

Always welcome 😊