Loose 'beard bone'

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Loose 'beard bone'

Postby RyanHx » Wed May 20, 2020 6:15 am

So just a few minutes ago Oscar turned his head at an odd angle and I suddenly saw what seemed to be a bone protruding under the skin (what I assume is the bone used to give their beards the round shape when puffed out). After lightly pressing on it just to see what the hell it was it just sort of slipped back into place, but I'm just wondering is it meant to be loose like that? It seemed like it was at the completely wrong angle. I can still run my finger along it and feel the end at the back of his jaw, where it's just floating there.
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Re: Loose 'beard bone'

Postby KarrieRee » Wed May 20, 2020 6:22 am

Post some pics of the issue and see if Tracie or AHBD can give an answer on this one
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Re: Loose 'beard bone'

Postby RyanHx » Wed May 20, 2020 6:40 am

Hi Karrie cheers for the reply.

Here's a few pics (it was on his left side that it happened):
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Tried to draw over the bones that I'm talking about in paint ^ :lol:
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The end is floating around that baggy skin above his shoulder in the third pic.

Like I said it did seem to slip back into place, though he was a bit confused afterwards. I'm wondering if this is just something that can occasionally happen? He's still been eating fine and doesn't seem uncomfortable at all.
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Re: Loose 'beard bone'

Postby CooperDragon » Wed May 20, 2020 7:02 am

That looks pretty normal to me. The tissue/cartilage around the beard and loose skin are designed to be able to flex quite a bit. I don't see outward signs of damage or anything unusual.
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Re: Loose 'beard bone'

Postby RyanHx » Wed May 20, 2020 7:14 am

Thanks Cooper, that's reassuring at least! So it'd be a line of cartilage I'm feeling around his beard? Forgive my cluelessness. Maybe it was just where he squashed his beard into his chest a bit whilst looking downwards, and it poked out at a funny angle.

As a first-time beardie owner I feel like everyday I'm getting spooked by something that I need to Google :lol:
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Re: Loose 'beard bone'

Postby CooperDragon » Wed May 20, 2020 11:03 am

I think so, but I'm not sure and don't have any veterinary training. I have seen enough dragons beards though and think it looks normal and since his beard coloring is also nice and bright he appears to be content and happy rather than in pain or distress.
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