Heavy breathing after bath

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Heavy breathing after bath

Postby Anonydragoj » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:12 am

My female bearded dragon is currently having a full head shed, she's 2 years old.
I gave her an incredibly shallow bath because she normally hates baths and today she kept sticking her head under the water while trying to scratch her head repeated times trying to get her shed off and as soon as I took her out she started breathing heavily a few times with her mouth open, as if she was gagging. Could she have accidentally inhaled too much water?? And if so what is the best thing I should/can do???
I've had bearded dragons for awhile but I haven't experienced this ever, I just hope she hasn't inhaled too much :(
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Re: Heavy breathing after bath

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:17 am

Sounds like she aspirated some water -- watch for a black beard - get her at a angle w/ her head downward so if she has it will drain out of her mouth -- put her at a incline and get her under her basking lamp -- watch her behavior -- I would spray her head the next and take a baby tooth brush and brush her head gently to loosen the shed
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Re: Heavy breathing after bath

Postby Anonydragoj » Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:13 am

KarrieRee wrote:Sounds like she aspirated some water -- watch for a black beard - get her at a angle w/ her head downward so if she has it will drain out of her mouth -- put her at a incline and get her under her basking lamp -- watch her behavior -- I would spray her head the next and take a baby tooth brush and brush her head gently to loosen the shed
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Ahhh okay thank you!!
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Re: Heavy breathing after bath

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:48 am

Why did you bath him ?

Keep him warm overnight and if possible after he goes to sleep position him so his bottom is higher than his nose , this way
the inclined position will help any aspirated water drain out while he's asleep
the warmth will help dry his lungs out .

Stay on top of this as they can very quickly develop a life threatening respiratory infection in situations like this.
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