Beardy had surgery - Need advice for aftercare

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Beardy had surgery - Need advice for aftercare

Postby Drogonsmom » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:04 pm

Hello Ladies and Gents,

I am new to the forum and signed up because sometimes google is just not enough.

So let me start by giving some history.

Last week Wednesday the 17th of October I came home from work and Drogon had a prolapse, it didn't want to go back so I rushed him off to the vet. The vet pushed it back in and we went home with him that day. The next day I came to his enclosure and there was blood. Like a LOT of blood. Rushed him to the vet again. The vet examined him and said he will have to cut open his belly to see what is going on.

When the vet opened him belly he saw a TON of blood around his stomach area. He investigated what it could be and saw that he had a hole in his Cloaca which was caused by the vet pushing the prolapse back. He phoned me and said he completed the surgery but they are still waiting for him to wake up. After about 3 hours I phoned them again and they said he was awake and that we can come through.

We took him home that day and since then we have been keeping his enclosure clean, feeding him baby food with a syringe, giving him water with a syringe and of course giving him his meds.

Now my question is is there anything else I am supposed to do? He is already looking much better but I don't want to mess up or make his healing go slower.

Details about Drogon:
He is a rescue.
About 3 years old.
I am not sure how much he weighs at the moment.
Generally in great health.
Feed him mostly Rocket and carrots for veggies, berries as an occasional snack and Dubia roaches, crickets and once a month some super worm.

The enclosure is normally Namibia sand with rocks, at the moment he is on newspaper and some kitchen towels to make it easier to clean his home.

Tank temp: 31 Celsius.

He is currently on Sweet potato baby food.

All advice is appreciated.
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Re: Beardy had surgery - Need advice for aftercare

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:07 am

i'd be ropeable about the vet injuring her .
I hope you weren't charged for her major surgery to repair the injuries done by the same vet …. this is not a trivial incident …. i'd be lawyering up ( no nasty phone calls or warnings of impending legal stuff …. else the vet will cover his tracks ).

Concentrate on the dragon for now , the vet can stew til later when your dragon recovers.

no solids until given the nod to go back to solids by a competent vet …. don't want straining to undo the surgery .
CBDs: Puff (M)(RIP 10Dec2015 @ 3.2 yrs old (aneurism)),Rex (F)(RIP 16Mar2017 @ 4.6 yrs old,Toothless (M)(sudden unexplained death RIP 26Nov2017) @ 2.1 yrs old.Peppa (F) (born 15Nov2015).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : Lucky (M)(wild juvenile), cat attack rescue, fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.Wriggles (F)(rescued injured),thought she was a big lizard, 7-8 yrs old, died in her sleep, RIP 2Feb2016). Fluffy (F) rescued 14Nov2017 about 4 yrs old . .
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Re: Beardy had surgery - Need advice for aftercare

Postby AHBD » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:18 am

Hi there, sorry your beardie had such an experience. :( Two things right away.....just offer water daily with a bit of calcium powder added twice a week, no food at all. The baby food squash is a natural laxative and wiul cause him to want to poo. Just water for now so things can heal without him having the urge to poo as the other poster mentioned.


Second, your temp. is too low, you need it about 37C on the hot side, 27C on the cool side. Without proper heat his immune system won't work as well. Best wishes to your poor boy !
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Re: Beardy had surgery - Need advice for aftercare

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:35 am

BTW ::: as mentioned 40 degC basking spot, 35 degC warm zone, no cooler than 28 degC cool zone and overnight while healing (keeping beardie warm will help boost both the immune system and the beardie's metabolic rate , and speed healing.

NO MORE SAND for beardie EVER ….they don't live on sand in their natural range (less than 5% is sandy desert) and they are prone to impaction with accidential ingestion of sand on their food.

I suggest getting hold of a bottle CalciVet liquid calcium , and giving this along with liquid vitamins while he's not being fed solids ….
The CalciVet is given orally by measured syringe (is very sweet / pleasant tasting and I've found lizards love it... they think it's a treat).
CBDs: Puff (M)(RIP 10Dec2015 @ 3.2 yrs old (aneurism)),Rex (F)(RIP 16Mar2017 @ 4.6 yrs old,Toothless (M)(sudden unexplained death RIP 26Nov2017) @ 2.1 yrs old.Peppa (F) (born 15Nov2015).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : Lucky (M)(wild juvenile), cat attack rescue, fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.Wriggles (F)(rescued injured),thought she was a big lizard, 7-8 yrs old, died in her sleep, RIP 2Feb2016). Fluffy (F) rescued 14Nov2017 about 4 yrs old . .
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