Beardie Puffing when Breathing

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Beardie Puffing when Breathing

Postby bellamatarazzo » Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:21 pm

Hello everyone!
This is my first time using this website and posting on a forum, so hopefully I am doing it right! I have a 2 year old beardie at home named Nellie. She eats superstorms every 1-2 days and eats greens everyday. She does have calcium and vitamins with her food but probably not as often as she should. She has proper UV lighting in her tank and has a purple heat lamp at night. She is extremely energetic and plays outside her tank quite often. She does not seem lethargic or off in any way, but her breathing is really starting to concern me. She has been having episodes for a few minutes nearly everyday where she puffs her beard out very large as she's breathing, almost as if she is struggling. This only happens for a few breaths and then she is fine again.. she is a bit of a bigger dragon but I don't believe she is unhealthy after reading about some other beardie's weight on a different forum. I have not yet taken her to the vet because I was hoping to see if anyone else had experienced something similar & has an explanation. Thank you for reading my post, I appreciate anyone's help! :D
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Re: Beardie Puffing when Breathing

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:30 pm

Please get rid of the purple light --- colored bulbs hurt dragons eyes and can cause long term eye damage! The puffing of the beard is it in the morning after you get her up? Mine puffs his beard out every morning --- its called stretching! What kind of UVB do you have in her tank? I had to ask w/ the purple light you have in the tank ----------- there should be no lights on at nite when they sleep - they need the darkness to slow their metabolism so they can get a good nights rest----------
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Re: Beardie Puffing when Breathing

Postby bellamatarazzo » Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:44 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Please get rid of the purple light --- colored bulbs hurt dragons eyes and can cause long term eye damage! The puffing of the beard is it in the morning after you get her up? Mine puffs his beard out every morning --- its called stretching! What kind of UVB do you have in her tank? I had to ask w/ the purple light you have in the tank ----------- there should be no lights on at nite when they sleep - they need the darkness to slow their metabolism so they can get a good nights rest----------
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Thank you for the reply! I will stop using that immediately.. I believe I have a 100W "neodymium basking bulb", as well as the 5.0 UVB Reptisun Lamp. Also, the time of day varies, sometimes morning, sometimes evening!!
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Re: Beardie Puffing when Breathing

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:19 pm

Yes seems I have haerd about those basking bulbs- does it have like a yellowish tint? If it does please replace w/ a bright white basking bulb--- the 5.0 is ok but I would replace when you can w/ a 10.0 tube bulb--- the T 8 is not as strong a bulb as the T 5-- the 5.0 is more aquariums
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