Bearded dragon abnormally opening mouth to breathe

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Bearded dragon abnormally opening mouth to breathe

Postby Samdoephotography » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:31 pm

Lately I have been watching and handling my adult Citrus Beardie and I've noticed that he breathes only through his mouth. This is definitely not normal for him especially after the 8 years hes been with me. Any reasons for this? He eats great and has no other issues that I can tell. Hes always been alert and bright-eyed, this hasn't changed. He isn't lethargic.
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Re: Bearded dragon abnormally opening mouth to breathe

Postby claudiusx » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:33 pm

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Re: Bearded dragon abnormally opening mouth to breathe

Postby claudiusx » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:34 pm

Hi there,

Does he do this all the time or only during certain situations?
Has anything in his environment changed?

Hopefully he isn't having some lung issues. Is there a chance he might have aspirated some water while drinking or in a bath?
Would you be able to post pics of him and your setup? Or go over your setup with us?

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Re: Bearded dragon abnormally opening mouth to breathe

Postby Samdoephotography » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:43 pm

claudiusx wrote:Hi there,

Does he do this all the time or only during certain situations?
Has anything in his environment changed?

Hopefully he isn't having some lung issues. Is there a chance he might have aspirated some water while drinking or in a bath?
Would you be able to post pics of him and your setup? Or go over your setup with us?

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Hello,

He seems to do it most of the time even when he's out of his cage. I havent changed anything in his cage basically since I got him. He hasn't changed at all and eats fine, its just concerning to see him do this. I will send pictures tomorrow. He does take baths but I leave the temperature around room temp and he is only in the tub for about 10 minutes. I watch him and have the water levels low so that he wont possibly drown.
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Re: Bearded dragon abnormally opening mouth to breathe

Postby claudiusx » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:45 pm

Sometimes they can aspirate water in the bath even when we are watching. It happened to one of my girls.
I'm not saying that's what has happened to yours, but it is a possibility.

Do you have a CHE so that you can keep the temps up around 80 overnight? That tends to help keep the immune system active and helps to dry out the lungs a bit too.

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Re: Bearded dragon abnormally opening mouth to breathe

Postby Samdoephotography » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:54 pm

claudiusx wrote:Hi there,

Does he do this all the time or only during certain situations?
Has anything in his environment changed?

Hopefully he isn't having some lung issues. Is there a chance he might have aspirated some water while drinking or in a bath?
Would you be able to post pics of him and your setup? Or go over your setup with us?

-Brandon


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