Rescuing!

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Rescuing!

Postby Genofdistinct » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:27 am

Today I’m leaving to rescue a friend of mines beardie. He’s an 8 year old named Draco, and he hasn’t lived in the best home. My friends realized he’d have a much better home with me then with them, so today I’m going to get him. He has an eye problem with clear pus seeping out, that they don’t treat properly so I’ll be working on that. They also don’t feed him nearly enough and he’s basically skin in bones, However I have hope that with time he’ll be a healthy boy. Wish me luck guys! Pics soon
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Re: Rescuing!

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:34 am

Good luck! I'm looking forward to seeing photos of him. Please let us know if you need any help with his care.
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Re: Rescuing!

Postby claudiusx » Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:56 pm

I second everything Cooper said!

Start a thread for him once you get him so we can all follow along with his progress. The beardie rescue section needs more happy ending stories..

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Re: Rescuing!

Postby Genofdistinct » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:14 am

Here’s the pics I promised. He’s looking a lot better than he used too cuz of my meddling. I helped his orginal owners get him on a proper diet, but they weren’t dedicated enough and he would go weeks without food... anyways now he’s doing fine. His set up is not what I want it to be. (40 gal cage, improper uvb, heat gradient is decent though) and I sadly can’t do anything yet so he’s stuck in a subpar layout. All he has is a wood plank, a log, and a podium. I’m eventually gonna fix that and make it more intricate and interesting. Aight I’ll quit the rant and give y’all the pics
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Him in his cage, just chillin
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His good side, very easy to tell he’s underweight, however he’s getting fatter everyday
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Front angle. You can see how the eye infection causes swelling
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His infected eye half closed, [Click image to enlarge]
his under eyelid is very swollen, however it used to be worse
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Infected eye wide open. Makes me sad seeing those beautiful eyes being so pouty and so droopy. I’m hoping eventually the swelling will go down. I’m attempting right now to home remedy it’s using apple cider, which is a natural antibiotic. However if it doesn’t work I’m taking him to the vet to get eye drop
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Me and him playing pool. He’s a total shark, I do not recommend playing with him, he got 60 bucks off of me too.
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Just surveying his newfound land, ready for the adventures his old bones will take him.

So that’s Draco! I love this guy so much he’s a such a sweetie and a total old man, I’m hoping to give him four years of a happy home after being rehomed four times now.

My non rescue girl jerald has done a lot of waving lol, I’ve never seen her do it and she’ll come to the front of her cage to wave at him. He’s done a bit of head bobbing to, its funny cuz they could just ignore Eachother considering they’re both half across the room and in seperate cages, but hey it’s not doing no one harm.

Ps I treat his eye twice a day in hope to keep the infection under control.
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Re: Rescuing!

Postby Genofdistinct » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:16 am

Apple cider vinegar sorry, I’m not throwing some apple juice on it and calling it a day 😆
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Re: Rescuing!

Postby claudiusx » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:23 am

Aww bless him he is so skinny. I hate seeing dragons like that. It's my soft spot.

In regards to the eyes, I definitely would stop with the apple cider vinegar. It may be a natural antibiotic but its extremely acidic. it will burn the eyes and potentially lead to blindness.

If you are going to do anything I would use raw unpasteurized honey. That too is a natural antibiotic (a much better one than ACV) and while still not neutral on the pH scale, it's much less acidic and would get mixed with a bit of water first which will bring its pH up slightly.

I'll post a link to a thread about honey.

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Re: Rescuing!

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Re: Rescuing!

Postby Genofdistinct » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:29 am

Ah thanks Brandon! I’ll talk to my mom about buying me some eventually. They’re the worst about buying this kind of stuff but I’ll eventually get some. Thanks for the info. I was a bit worried about the acidic part even before I started treating, but it helped break some of the dried up pus down so I could wipe it off gradually to open up the eye again. I’ll be checking out where to find some of the manuka honey though definitely.
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Re: Rescuing!

Postby claudiusx » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:38 am

You can buy it online or in some health stores. But even if you can just find some raw unpasteurized honey at your local supermarket that would work.

Anyways, looking forward to this guys recovery! :D
I can move your thread into the beardie rescue forum now if youd like, it fits better over there. :)

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Re: Rescuing!

Postby Genofdistinct » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:41 am

Go ahead my man. I’ll be posting every week to show his recovery.
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Re: Rescuing!

Postby claudiusx » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:46 am

Moved by Moderator from General to Beardie Rescue
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Re: Rescuing!

Postby claudiusx » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:48 am

Great!
Cant wait to follow along and see the progress you are making with him. :D

Have you gotten a chance to weigh him? It's not necessary but it's always nice to track weight gains. Remember it's not about packing on the weight, it's about a healthy diet and a healthy dragon :)

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Re: Rescuing!

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:25 pm

He looks pretty good overall! I agree about using raw honey for the eye. I think with good lighting and a regular healthy diet (and some positive interaction/enrichment) he'll bounce back in no time =)
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Re: Rescuing!

Postby Genofdistinct » Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:06 am

Holy god honey is effing magic(sorry Dont know if that was appropriate for the forum) I just woke up this morning after putting some honey on his eye. His swelling is down immensely, and it might be gone within two weeks.
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Re: Rescuing!

Postby Genofdistinct » Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:18 am

Also I’m having some trouble with hydration. He won’t do the spray bottle, he won’t drink from his dish, and he could care less about his baths. He’s definitely dehydrated. Right now I’m able to get him to eat worms from his water bowl to trick him into getting water, along with misted greens. However I need a more reliable way to give him water. Any ideas?
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