Beardie tail is soft

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Beardie tail is soft

Postby jc555 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:18 am

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My beardie is a year and a half old now, in the past month two claws have fallen off, the first one i assumed was an accident but once the second one fell off I was concerned and thought he needed more calcium or D3, now ive realized he isnt trying to get shed off of his tail, and his tail is very soft, this is very concerning to me. His lighting is a Powersun UV 160W. Hes still eating and is active, help would be appreciated thanks. This picture shows the discoloration from his tail to his body.
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Re: Beardie tail is soft

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:33 pm

It looks like he has some patches about to shed (including a large portion of his tail) but it looks like a normal shed to me. Sometimes the shed patches can take a long time to free themselves but this is normal. I don't see anything concerning based on the photo.

Has the area around the injured claws healed over completely since the injury? Hopefully they have so the risk of infection is lessened.
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Re: Beardie tail is soft

Postby jc555 » Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:57 am

Thats good news, however his tail is seriously soft, it feels like its just liquid. His areas around his injured claws have healed completely. Thanks.
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Re: Beardie tail is soft

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:13 pm

It shouldn't feel like liquid. There should be bone and muscle and fat stores. If it feels too squishy it might be worth having an x-ray taken to make sure everything is OK internally.
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Re: Beardie tail is soft

Postby jc555 » Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:26 pm

Yeah its very squishy thats why i was concerned, thanks for the response.
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Re: Beardie tail is soft

Postby claudiusx » Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:09 pm

How much give is there when you push on the tail? Would you be able to get a picture?

Some dragons hold a lot of fat in their tails, which would make them feel squishy.

However if he's lost bone density due to a lack of calcium absorption (improper uv exposure and/or calcium in the diet) then the bone could have been leeched enough that it's very thin, causing the squishy feeling.

How close is the powersun to his basking surface?
When is the last time it was replaced?

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