Beardie ate plastic wrapper

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Beardie ate plastic wrapper

Postby RossDouglas » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:45 am

3 days ago, my bearded dragon was exploring my apartment and ate a scrap of a wrapper that had fallen onto the ground. I am afraid of impaction, especially because there are no exotics vets available in my area.

I have been giving him frequent baths and natural laxatives (vegetable oil on his salad) to help him pass the foreign object. Today, he had a massive bowel movement, but it was loose and did not appear to contain the foreign object.

Could he still be impacted even though he is pooping, since I have not seen him pass the plastic wrapper?
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Re: Beardie ate plastic wrapper

Postby Drache613 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:25 am

Hello,

How large was the wrapper & what kind of plastic was it, like bubble wrap, saran wrap,
or something that candy is wrapped in?
It may take a week or so, for it to pass. You can continue to give a drop or two of olive
or coconut oil, along with squash, sweet potato or sugar free apple sauce daily for awhile.
Eventually, it should pass through!
Is your dragon acting normally & basking?

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Re: Beardie ate plastic wrapper

Postby RossDouglas » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:01 pm

Drache613 wrote:Hello,

How large was the wrapper & what kind of plastic was it, like bubble wrap, saran wrap,
or something that candy is wrapped in?
It may take a week or so, for it to pass. You can continue to give a drop or two of olive
or coconut oil, along with squash, sweet potato or sugar free apple sauce daily for awhile.
Eventually, it should pass through!
Is your dragon acting normally & basking?

Tracie


Hi, Thank you for your response
It was a small piece of something that candy is wrapped in about the size of his head. He has been acting normally so far so I think you are right!
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Re: Beardie ate plastic wrapper

Postby Drache613 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:02 am

Hello,

Ok, well then he was a very naughty dragon indeed!
I think that eventually it will pass through....but the waiting is the hardest part. I guess you will
have to vacuum more often.
Let us know how he is doing.

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Re: Beardie ate plastic wrapper

Postby RossDouglas » Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:11 pm

Drache613 wrote:Hello,

Ok, well then he was a very naughty dragon indeed!
I think that eventually it will pass through....but the waiting is the hardest part. I guess you will
have to vacuum more often.
Let us know how he is doing.

Tracie

Very naughty indeed! However, I am delighted to report he has passed the plastic out the other end without a problem :) Thank you for your advice in this stressful moment!
I have to be increasingly careful as my beardie gets larger because he will eat literally anything he can fit in his mouth. Today he tried to eat one of the rocks inside his enclosure!! He is such a hungry boy, even after I feed him salad and 6-10 large crickets daily
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Re: Beardie ate plastic wrapper

Postby Drache613 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:39 am

Hello,

Oh my, yes they will try to eat rocks if at all possible! I had one in the past who would do that
as well, & always had to watch him like a hawk.
Do you have pebbles in his tank? I would recommend taking those out & replace any loose
substrate with non adhesive shelf liner, tiles, colored felt, etc but no loose substrate.
I am happy to hear that he did pass the plastic through! :D

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