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Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very lethargi

Postby UtaGhoull » Thu May 23, 2019 10:16 pm

Gizmo is 2 years old, I’ve had him since he was a baby, he’s never had any problems until recently. About two 1/2 weeks ago I noticed him getting more lazy, and eating less and less. At first I thought it was because he was in shed, but now that his shed is almost completely done, he is still not being active, or very alert. He only ate a few greens yesterday and full out rejected food today.
He just lays under his long on the hot side, and is in the same spot when I check on him throughout the day and I noticed today he wasn’t very alert either, not even lifting his head much.


I am going to take him to the vet, but the soonest I can take him is Tuesday, I can’t get off work until the 26th, 27th, and 28th. My vet is 1 1/2 away from me and they are closed Sunday and Monday due to Memorial Day. So I’m kinda in a pickle here.

I wanted to know if there was anything I can do to keep him comfortable and safe until then. Anything that I could do to at least get some nutrients into him until Tuesday.

Some info about his tank:

He has a reptisun 10.0 UVB bulb that was just recently changed like a month ago, (I change them every 6 months.)
He has a 150W heat bulb in a deep dome fixture (temps read 100-110)
He’s in a 120 gallon tank.

He gets fed crickets every other day with calcium. And greens everyday. (Mustard, turnip, and collard.)

He gets a bath 2x a week and I also mist him 2-3x a day. (I have been upping it due to him not wanting to eat his food.)
He poops every time he has a bath. I did notice that a couple weeks ago he had a really runny and smelly poo but it got better, now its formed again (for the most part, there was a little bit of watery unformed in it, but definitely a lot better.)

Gizmo has always had a very big appetite and always goes after crickets. So it is concerning that there is now a big turn around. I’m very worried about my little guy, any advice or tips would be wonderful.
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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby KarrieRee » Fri May 24, 2019 5:34 am

Sounds like parasites--- I would plan on taking a stool sample w/ you to vet- collect in a paper towel and put it in a ziplock bag- go from there --- make sure you get a print out of your visit so you have it on hand for future reference-- I am just guessing but it sounds like your husbandry is good but to be honest crickets for a staple tend to give parasites ---
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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby UtaGhoull » Fri May 24, 2019 11:20 am

KarrieRee wrote:Sounds like parasites--- I would plan on taking a stool sample w/ you to vet- collect in a paper towel and put it in a ziplock bag- go from there --- make sure you get a print out of your visit so you have it on hand for future reference-- I am just guessing but it sounds like your husbandry is good but to be honest crickets for a staple tend to give parasites ---
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I have a vet appointment on Tuesday, it’s the soonest I could get him seen.
And for the stool sample, should I try to keep it cold? The vet is an hour 1/2 away..
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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby claudiusx » Fri May 24, 2019 11:31 am

I'd call the vet and ask them how they'd like you to bring in a sample.

Sometimes they just go through moods where they seem tired.

Can you post a picture of your setup so we can see if there is anything that stands out to us?

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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby KarrieRee » Fri May 24, 2019 11:32 am

If you collect it the day of appt I would think not-- if it's the day before call your vet and ask them what you should do
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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby UtaGhoull » Fri May 24, 2019 11:47 am

claudiusx wrote:I'd call the vet and ask them how they'd like you to bring in a sample.

Sometimes they just go through moods where they seem tired.

Can you post a picture of your setup so we can see if there is anything that stands out to us?

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I’m not sure how to upload photos on here.
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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby KarrieRee » Fri May 24, 2019 11:57 am

Go to top of this page in banner click on user image uploader download pics click on reply at top of message box click on XIMG-- pics should post
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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby UtaGhoull » Fri May 24, 2019 12:13 pm

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This is his tank at the moment.
I do have more tank ornaments on the way, should be here in a week or so.
Slowly adding on to his home.

His uvb is at the top along the basking side. Can’t really see it in the picture.
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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby UtaGhoull » Fri May 24, 2019 12:14 pm

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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby KarrieRee » Fri May 24, 2019 12:19 pm

What kind of UVB? Brand and bulb please?
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Postby UtaGhoull » Fri May 24, 2019 12:21 pm

KarrieRee wrote:What kind of UVB? Brand and bulb please?
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It’s a reptisun 10.0 T8 bulb.
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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby KarrieRee » Fri May 24, 2019 12:30 pm

How many inches from basking --- T 8's should be around 8-10 inches-- I would get the tank off the floor-- bearded dragons are a social creature and like stimulation -- on the floor kinda eliminates that--
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Postby UtaGhoull » Fri May 24, 2019 12:39 pm

KarrieRee wrote:How many inches from basking --- T 8's should be around 8-10 inches-- I would get the tank off the floor-- bearded dragons are a social creature and like stimulation -- on the floor kinda eliminates that--
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It was about 12 inches away.
I have now moved it to where it is about 9 inches away from the basking area.
And I’ve been looking at stands for his tank.
We got this tank like 3 months ago so, I am still working on getting it completely finished.
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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby KarrieRee » Fri May 24, 2019 12:45 pm

Ok we just thought maybe the UVB might be causing issues-- how old is the bulb--- T8's should be changed out every 6 months
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Re: Bearded dragon suddenly not eating, and acting very leth

Postby UtaGhoull » Fri May 24, 2019 12:46 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Ok we just thought maybe the UVB might be causing issues-- how old is the bulb--- T8's should be changed out every 6 months
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I just changed it out like two months ago.
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