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Think I Spoiled Him

Postby Shaun78 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:24 am

So I think I may have spoiled my dragon. Everyday now when I get home Pickles beard and neck are jet black. Temps are all good, his head is up and he's alert, and humidity is in the sweet spot. However as soon as I pick him up and take him out of his tank his beard starts going back to normal. So I'm guessing it isn't a health thing or his beard wouldn't be going back to normal after I take him out. Anyone else have this issue?
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:28 am

Something is stressing him out in that tank? Check your temps basking hot and cool side - UVB is how old? He should not have a black beard -- how black is the beard -- jet black ? Post a pic of him please-- is he near a window where he can see outside --- any animals bothering him when hes in the tank cat dog?
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby WinFam01 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:34 am

Can they have PTSD? Lol
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:36 am

:lol: I have no idea -- but something is obviously is stressing him out in the tank --- thats why I said check the things I posted -- is there another dragon in the house or is he seeing his reflection?
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby Shaun78 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:59 am

Checked all the temps (with thermometer and temp gun), humidity, no renegade bugs, have background on both sides so no reflection, no animals near his tank that he can see, UVB bulb is only 3 months old. His beard is pretty black but goes away when I take him out. I deep cleaned the cage but same thing. Maybe he needs a vet check up?
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:10 am

Something is going on w/ black beard- possible RI from aspirating- I would get him in and have him checked out - do you have a reputable vet?
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby Shaun78 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:44 am

I do have a good vet for him. He's due in a couple weeks for another check up. I'm going to call and see if I can kick the date up a bit sooner.
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:49 am

Ok keep us posted- get copies of the vet visit
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby WinFam01 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:06 am

Hopefully it's something minor.
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby Shaun78 » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:11 am

Hoping they can see him in the next day or so at the Vet but they are really booked up. But I may have found part of the issue (it has me concerned at least).
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Found this last night after looking him over after a bath. Lost some scales on his foot and I'm worried about that.
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:14 am

Does he flinch when you touch it? That could be the reason for the black beard -- he might be in pain - it looks like he has scraped it against something-- what is in the tank that he could do that on and what is the substrate your using?
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby Shaun78 » Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:18 am

KarrieRee wrote:Does he flinch when you touch it? That could be the reason for the black beard -- he might be in pain - it looks like he has scraped it against something-- what is in the tank that he could do that on and what is the substrate your using?
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His hide is one of those u shaped wood ones so maybe on the bark? Substrate is Zilla reptile carpet so I can't see it being that.
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:20 am

And the touching of it ? Sensitive ? Does it bother him? I am gonna have AHBD look at it ---
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby Shaun78 » Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:47 am

KarrieRee wrote:And the touching of it ? Sensitive ? Does it bother him? I am gonna have AHBD look at it ---
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I didn't touch it but I'll give it a very gentle prod when I get home.
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Re: Think I Spoiled Him

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:50 am

Ok sounds good
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