Should I find a vet?

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Should I find a vet?

Postby Sadiedaisy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:08 pm

I have been feeding my bearded dragon small superworms alongside dubia roaches and hornworms. The last hornworm I gave him was housed with two others that died the next day. It's been two days of him having horrible smelling poop and it's liquidy. I have added a second heatlamp because he didn't want to eat. He has been eating but half the amount that he normally does. I'm worried about him. What should I do?
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Re: Should I find a vet?

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:17 pm

Please tell us what your using for a UVB brand and bulb and is it a coil or a tube and where in the tank is the UVB - inside or on top of screen? Basking temps and how are you taking them? NO stick ons they are inaccurate--- how old is the dragon? Are you feeding salads ? Liquidy poop can be caused from too many horn worms -- they are a hydrating worm but we need to get info on the lighting your using
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Re: Should I find a vet?

Postby Sadiedaisy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:27 pm

For registering the heat I'm using the Zoo Med Digital Temp & Humidity, it says 87° but I can't find the laser one because of people being paranoid about Temps due to COVID. For the UVB I'm using Zoo Med ReptiSun T5 HO Terrarium Fixture, for the heat lamps I have the clamp light with a 100 watt basking lamp. I feed him fresh collard greens every day. It is all above his screen. He is about 5 months old and is 13.5" long, I am feeding him superworms due to the shortage of dubia roaches. I have started a colony but they haven't started breeding yet.
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Re: Should I find a vet?

Postby Sadiedaisy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:31 pm

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Re: Should I find a vet?

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:47 pm

go to your local home improvement store and look there for a infrared heat gun $20 --- temps in his basking area should be 105-110 - as they get older they dont like it that hot so its good to offer a gradient heat so they can pick the spot of where they want to sit for heat -- the probe needs to sit on the basking spot for 10 minutes then take the temp -- the UVB T 5 needs to be directly above him and 8-10 inches from his basking decor piece - here are some websites for worms and roaches
http://www.dubiaroaches.com they are currently out of butter worms - I cant find them anywhere I would order him some BSFL or nutri grubs calci worms and phoenix worms they are all the same - you may need to use those to lure him to the salad bowl - they are a great staple feeder as well and you will need a glass or ceramic bowl - here is a website for nutrition ignore the kale thing its a good staple feeder http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
http://www.reptilianarts.com great silk worms and they have roaches too - if ordering silk worms they are a great staple feeder and ordering in bulk like 50 make sure you get food you will need to feed them and clean containers out every day- you can use those as lures as well to get him to the salad bowl
http://www.coastilsilkworms.com
http://www.symptonbsf.com
Please get your lighting corrected or what needs to be corrected and go from there and please lay off the super worms only use as lures to the salad bowl 1-3 -- he needs salads every morning -
ok so I see the hammock is under the basking light - its not giving you accurate basking temps - hammocks can do that - you need a solid piece of decor under it or take the probe and place where he is sitting -- see what you get for a temp - I see its hanging on the side of the tank - set it where hes sitting -- the horn worms can cause liquidy poop i think I said that already
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Re: Should I find a vet?

Postby AHBD » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:48 pm

Hi there , many times a change of diet will cause diarrhea, I wouldn't worry too much unless it continues for more than a week. The first thing to try is eliminate or cut back on the newer food items that may have contributed to it. Be sure to check your temps. with 2 lights on now so you don't overheat him.. He looks very healthy BTW. :)
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Re: Should I find a vet?

Postby Sadiedaisy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:50 pm

Thank you so much, I got worried because this is the first time he's had any changes. I'll definitely keep track of the temps, we have the AC going so I figured he's getting colder in there. I appreciate it!
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