Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

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Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby Gingerofthenight » Tue May 26, 2020 6:08 pm

I don't really know where to start with all this but my 18 month beardie mushu has been having a really rough time and I think it's because of shedding but im not positive. It started when i noticed his eyes watering. Sometimes i will wake up and he can't open his eyes because they are crusted shut I've been helping him with this by using reptile eye drops and saline eye wash. Then he slowly started eating less and less and now he wont eat at all. I have been having to pain stakingly hand feed him, i have also been giving him zilla appetite stimulant for a few days but he still refuses all food. I believe the cause of this is that his head is about to shed, at least his nose he has had a hard time breathing and his nostrils look like they will shed soon. He has also been rubbing his face on his rocks a lot which confirms He is about to shed He really isn't showing any signs of any sickness or infection other than waterey eyes, gaping and not eating. His poop is normal and his eyes and mouth dont look swollen or anything. But he's still really struggling. Fortunatley since I have been giving him the appetite stimulant he seems to be doing slightly better moving around his cage and stuff because before that he was eating nothing at all. And now he's at least getting calories from the supplement . I have a 40 gallon tank with a reptile carpet and a sandbox for him. He had some plastic plants ans plenty of rocks to rub his face on. I have a long uvb light (v8 I think?) attached to his tank lid . it is around 105° in his basking spot and around 90ish in the cool side. I mainly feed him crickets, dandelions, zucchini and sometimes blueberries. I have been giving him baths very often but other than that what can i do. I have no money for a vet. There is only one by me and it's extremley expensive. Any advice would be appreciated
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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby AHBD » Tue May 26, 2020 6:53 pm

Hi there, is it possible that he's kicked up some sand in to his eyes ? BTW, the cool side is too hot, drop it down to 75-80. Post a few pics of his tank and of his body + eyes as well, here's how :

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ Then use the XIMG to upload them
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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby Gingerofthenight » Tue May 26, 2020 7:09 pm

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AHBD wrote:Hi there, is it possible that he's kicked up some sand in to his eyes ? BTW, the cool side is too hot, drop it down to 75-80. Post a few pics of his tank and of his body + eyes as well, here's how :

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ Then use the XIMG to upload them

As far as I can tell there is no sand in his eyes but his nose is clogged which I think is making his eyes have problems[img][XIMG]101532%203882098650[/XIMG][/img]
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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby Gingerofthenight » Tue May 26, 2020 7:10 pm

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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby Gingerofthenight » Wed May 27, 2020 9:35 am

Here's one if his tank and what he's doing right now [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby AHBD » Wed May 27, 2020 11:14 am

He's a real cutie, very pretty dragon. :) I just realized that you said his cool side is around 90. That's too hot, get it down to 75-80. And check to see what exact uvb bulb you have, that's extremely important because that can affect his eyes.
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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby Gingerofthenight » Wed May 27, 2020 5:44 pm

AHBD wrote:He's a real cutie, very pretty dragon. :) I just realized that you said his cool side is around 90. That's too hot, get it down to 75-80. And check to see what exact uvb bulb you have, that's extremely important because that can affect his eyes.

The uvb is a t8 and i got the temp on the cool side down to about 80
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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby Drache613 » Wed May 27, 2020 11:33 pm

Hello,

How is your dragon's eye looking today?
We do need to know what brand oftube T8 UVB light you are using because some of them do
tend to cause eye issues. He is a nice looking dragon!
As far as the tube bulb placement goes, I would mount it directly overhead so that it shines
directly down onto him instead of into his eye. It looks like it is mounted on the back wall,
is that correct?

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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby Gingerofthenight » Thu May 28, 2020 11:18 am

Drache613 wrote:Hello,

How is your dragon's eye looking today?
We do need to know what brand oftube T8 UVB light you are using because some of them do
tend to cause eye issues. He is a nice looking dragon!
As far as the tube bulb placement goes, I would mount it directly overhead so that it shines
directly down onto him instead of into his eye. It looks like it is mounted on the back wall,
is that correct?

Tracie

I don't know for sure the brand i think it's GE and it is attached to the lid of his cage. His eye is pretty much the same but his eyes were not completley crusted shut this morning. The skin on his face seems to be loosening a bit but is still a way from coming off
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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby AHBD » Thu May 28, 2020 1:55 pm

GE doesn't make reptile uvb bulbs, can you actually have a look at it ? And good to hear that his eyes are opening a bit. :)
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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby Gingerofthenight » Thu May 28, 2020 2:35 pm

AHBD wrote:GE doesn't make reptile uvb bulbs, can you actually have a look at it ? And good to hear that his eyes are opening a bit. :)

It's a uvb bulb but it's not reptile spesific does that matter the only reptile specific bulb I have is a coil one
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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby AHBD » Thu May 28, 2020 2:54 pm

Have you had those bulbs all the time you've had Mushu ? And which coil uvb do you have ? Those bulbs could definitely be the problem.
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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby Gingerofthenight » Thu May 28, 2020 9:29 pm

AHBD wrote:Have you had those bulbs all the time you've had Mushu ? And which coil uvb do you have ? Those bulbs could definitely be the problem.
the coil uvb is this but i switched because i was told it could harm his eyes[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby Drache613 » Thu May 28, 2020 11:49 pm

Hello,

How is Mushu doing today?
That is good news he is starting to open his eyes more.
I would highly recommend changing the tube bulb to either the Reptisun 10 tube or the
Arcadia D3 12% tube. I agree, GE doesn't manufacture UVB tube bulbs, that I know of
either so he isn't really getting any UVB exposure right now, unless you are taking him
outdoors.

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Re: Worried, mushu having a hard time with shed

Postby Gingerofthenight » Fri May 29, 2020 9:04 am

Drache613 wrote:Hello,

How is Mushu doing today?
That is good news he is starting to open his eyes more.
I would highly recommend changing the tube bulb to either the Reptisun 10 tube or the
Arcadia D3 12% tube. I agree, GE doesn't manufacture UVB tube bulbs, that I know of
either so he isn't really getting any UVB exposure right now, unless you are taking him
outdoors.

Tracie

As of right now I can only afford coil bulbs is there any way I can use them without being harmful
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