Constant black beard. (RIP Thor)

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Constant black beard. (RIP Thor)

Postby HippieLizards » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:17 pm

Lately Thor's and unfortunately his beards been pitch black all the time. This has been going on for about 2+ weeks and I'm starting to get worried. This is a previous topic about him and has most of his info: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=240077#p1839724

The only time he's not black bearding is when he's in his blanket asleep getting cuddled. Any Ideas on what's causing this constant pitch black beard? Could he be stressed out? Or is it just from hormones? [Click image to enlarge]
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He's very eager to eat which is good and been ridiculously active and overall he seems great minus the Black beard.

Thank you in advance!
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Re: Constant black beard.

Postby Drache613 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:42 pm

Hello,

Sorry, I have forgotten, how many other dragons do you currently have?
Some could be hormonal sure, but he shouldn't have a black beard 24/7 though.
I would say if this continues you should take him in to see the vet incase there is some type of
health condition going on, such as kidney or liver problems. I hope not though!
It sounds like though, he loves being cuddled & loves sleeping in his blankie.
He looks really good though!
It's a great sign he has such a good appetite & is very active also.

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Re: Constant black beard.

Postby HippieLizards » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:36 am

I Have four beardies, two males and two females (Cisco and Daisy are the females and Thor and Loki are the males). On my other thread viewtopic.php?f=49&t=241176 Another poster said that it was probably hormones and I thought so too because he keeps trying to mate with everything and is non-stop head bobbing.

Also this morning his beard wasn't black when he was basking. But it seems that he mainly black beards when he's trying to move around and due to his semi-paralysis he can't very well. It almost seems as if he's frustrated when he's trying to get somewhere but can't.

He did fight me a LOT when I had to give him his liquid calcium yesterday. Also I put some raw unpasteurised honey on his leg again but when him and Cisco were out free roaming Cisco kept licking it off of his leg. :banghead:

He seems fine today though. No black beard and was very active and eager to eat.

I'll keep y'all posted on him.
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Re: Constant black beard.

Postby HippieLizards » Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:31 am

Thor is refusing to eat today. :( Also he attempted to poop and strained a lot and pooped out a rock hard urate that when I broke it open seemed to be full of powder or something similar to that. [Click image to enlarge]
Could he not be digesting his calcium?

Also his fat pads and eyes have been sunken in and his tail and hip bones are REALLY showing. :( [Click image to enlarge]
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His fat pads and eyes have been like that for about two days and his tail and hip bones have been like that for about a month. I've tried giving him lots of water and feed him baby food but he still won't get better. :(

He did black beard for a few minutes but when he fell asleep on my pillow he went back to normal. Also there's a strange spot of skin that almost looks like a scrape [Click image to enlarge]
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He's been super active still but he still looks sick. :(

Tracie, is it possible to post videos directly to Bd.org? Because I don't have a YouTube account but I still want to post a video of how he moves.
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Re: Constant black beard.

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:32 pm

He's not looking good =(. The urate looks dehydrated and his depleted fat pads are concerning to me. I'd say a vet visit is in order to run at least a blood test and see how his systems are going. I don't have much more for you to try other than keep up offering baby food and water.
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Re: Constant black beard.

Postby HippieLizards » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:36 pm

Ok, thanks. I'll see if I can get a vet visit soon.
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Re: Constant black beard.

Postby Drache613 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:11 pm

Hello,

Sorry, I just came back to check! Poor Thor, were you able to get him to a vet? I don't
like how his fat pads look, something is going on with him.
He definitely needs hydration, but he could have an absorption problem or his kidneys
might be having trouble. I hope not though.
Keep us posted on him, I hope he is feeling better, poor guy.

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Re: Constant black beard.

Postby HippieLizards » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:31 pm

Thankfully Thor was much better today. :) I Actually just came back in from letting him free roam outside. Although one problem now is that is right nostril is clogged I think from both shedding and a scab/dried blood. :(

Also Last night I had him out and noticed that his nostril looked clogged from what looked like a scab.. So I gently rubbed it hoping it was just food or something and it tuned out to be a scab.. So His nose/area around nostril started bleeding for about two minutes and Thankfully I got it to stop bleeding and Put some raw unpasteurised honey on the scabs and his leg.

He Immediately became very happy and normal again once he found out that there was honey on him and started licking it up off of him. :roll: So I gave him a treat by just giving him a little bit of honey. and That made his day. :love5:

I Haven't gotten him to a vet yet but I will try to soon. He's been very active today and his fat pads and eyes are less sunken in! :blob5: and His hip bones and tail bones aren't as prominent too. But I'm still going to try to get him to the vet.
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Re: Constant black beard.

Postby HippieLizards » Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:09 pm

Update: Thor has been a bit more lethargic lately and his eyes and fat pads have been super sunken in. :( and His tail, hip and back bones are really showing as well. :( He's also constantly flipping onto his back almost every 2 hours. :(

On the bright side he did do a massive poop today and a nice looking urate except that the urate was rock hard. :?

He has a vet appointment tomorrow and I'll let Y'all know how that goes. :)
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Re: Constant black beard. (RIP Thor)

Postby HippieLizards » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:25 am

:cry: Unfortunately the vet visit didn't go well... The vet said that he was in a very critical condition and it was most likely that his kidneys and other organs were shutting down.. He also went from 230 grams down to 120 grams.. He was very unresponsive and The vet said that he was already dying.. So we opted to put him down... :cry: :cry: :cry: He will be buried soon. :cry: Needless to say, He was my favourite pet. :( I Loved him so much..

It was a really hard decision but the vet is someone whom I trust and he said that there wasn't much hope.

I tried my best to save him, We could've tried treating him but the vet said that there still wasn't a very good chance for him and he was most likely to die within the next week or so.. So I ended his suffering. :(

Thank you everyone who tried to help.. It was greatly appreciated. :)
Fly high sweet Thor! :) You will always hold a special place in my heart. :love5:
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Re: Constant black beard. (RIP Thor)

Postby Nosouledginger » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:30 am

Oh poor Thor :( I will miss reading about his wonderful adventures and attitude.

Sounds like you did the best you could have. There is no doubt that he was very loved and, even in his last days, had bright moments with you. ❤

R.I.P. Thor ❤
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Re: Constant black beard. (RIP Thor)

Postby HippieLizards » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:48 am

Thank you. :) I Will miss caring for him, I'll miss snuggling with him, Feeding him, and seeing Those beautiful eyes of his.. :cry:

I Did get to cuddle him for a few minutes before his was put down. It was bitter-sweet but still very sad.. but unfortunately he was ready to die.. He did look dead for a while, and I hope that It was the best thing for him. :(

Here's my original thread with some of his best pictures: viewtopic.php?f=49&t=241176&start=60#p1850925
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Re: Constant black beard. (RIP Thor)

Postby NoahC » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:12 am

HippieLizards wrote:Thank you. :) I Will miss caring for him, I'll miss snuggling with him, Feeding him, and seeing Those beautiful eyes of his.. :cry:

I Did get to cuddle him for a few minutes before his was put down. It was bitter-sweet but still very sad.. but unfortunately he was ready to die.. He did look dead for a while, and I hope that It was the best thing for him. :(

Here's my original thread with some of his best pictures: viewtopic.php?f=49&t=241176&start=60#p1850925



This is so sad to hear! You've been so helpful to me in the short time I've been on this website, I really hope Thor is resting peacefully now, wherever he is :( . He was so handsome! I hope you're ok x
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Re: Constant black beard. (RIP Thor)

Postby HippieLizards » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:41 am

Thank you. :D and You're welcome. :) I'm always happy to help. :)

Hopefully Thor's up in beardie heaven, Head bobbing until his brains fall out at all the female beardies Lol. :)
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Re: Constant black beard. (RIP Thor)

Postby Brittany26 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:35 pm

I was/am so upset when I saw this! He may be gone but you still have the good memories with him and he is in no pain anymore.. You still have 3 (I think) other beardies to take care of and you'll have so many fun times with them in the future!! Im so sorry for your loss :(
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