Bearded dragon barely eating

Discuss health questions, issues, problems, etc! For urgent issues please use the Beardie ER forum.

Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby Cricket321 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:57 pm

My 10 month old female bearded dragon has been barely eating for the past 3 months, and only pooping every 2-3 weeks, when her appetite decreased 3 months ago I got a fecal done and numbers were lowish but we treated her anyways, her appetite got worse instead of better after that eating 0-3 bugs per day on average and barely basking, when I take her out she's still perky as ever and climbs all over the couch and jumps and plays and frolic s, but won't eat much at all, I got another fecal done thinking the medication didn't work, but it came back clear, next step is blood work but I'm wondering if anybody has been through this as well and what it ended up being

A couple weeks ago I started syringe feeding repashy, and rept-aid to get something into her and she's perked up a bit and basks a lot more but is still barely eating

Basking spot 105, hot side 90s, cool side 80s-70s
Digital thermometers and a temp gun
Tile substrate
Uvb is a t8 12% arcadia mounted inside
Feeders are crickets, butter worms and supers
Salad given daily but not touched :(
Cricket321
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:36 pm
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:52 am

We need her to start eating those salads -- the medication is probably still going to effect her appetite for a little while longer but in the mean time I would like for you to get some BSFL and some super worms from one of the places I post --- feed the salad first thing in the morning w/ the BSFL on top of the salad w/ a few super worms -- and I would switch her over from crickets to dubia roaches they are more healthy and do not cause parasites like crickets can -- you can feed as many BSFL as you want they are a good staple feeder --
http://www.symptonbsf.com order large and do not dust -- you will need a glass or ceramic bowl so the insects/ worms cannot get out
http://www.reptilianarts.com great place for silk worms - the cupped come w/ food and a great staple feeder - their super worms come in a butcher block paper in a gunny sack - I would look at getting supers from here http://www.dubiaroaches.com they come w/ food in a cup and their roaches are great -
http://www.mulberryfarms.com spendy on shipping but they have butter worms which are a great treat worm as well they also have super worms and horn worms - the horn worms are a fast growing worm and a good hydrating worm
http://www.coastalsilkworms.com two suppliers one on west coast and one on east coast
http://www.aafeeder.com they have a bundled package I have not ordered from them but others on here have
here is a website for a glass dish if you need it https://www.amazon.com/MACGOAL-Reptile- ... cx_mr_hp_d
What is the distance for your T 8 --- it should be 6-8 inches w/ the basking decor piece directly underneath
Karrie
KarrieRee
BD.org Sicko
 
Posts: 11378
Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:24 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby Cricket321 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:09 am

She is the correct distance from her t8 I live in Canada so dubia roaches are illegal here, I used to be able to get bsfl but due to the pandemic my local stores don't carry them any more and I cannot have bugs shipped as temps are too low, they won't ship below 0 C, I have a superworm colony and she won't touch them these days, every day I give her a salad in the morning with super worms and Butterworms in it and she won't touch it so in the early evening I'll offer crickets, Butterworms, Superworms and salad leaves by hand but she would only eat maybe 3 bugs total usually a cricket or two and a Butterworms or two, and no leaves these days, on days when she won't eat bugs I syringe feed the watered down repashy and repaid, it's been over a month and a half since she finished her medication do you really think it could still be affecting her appetite?
Cricket321
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:36 pm

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:13 am

Wow a month and a half? Not sure Tracie or AHBD would be able to answer that question --- have you tried this site for worms etc
https://www.thewormlady.ca/
https://www.eastcoastexotics.ca/
https://thedragonlair.ca/feeders/
I would try some of these places
Karrie
KarrieRee
BD.org Sicko
 
Posts: 11378
Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:24 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby Cricket321 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:40 am

Thanks, it's the temp that's the problem with ordering right now, I've gotten from the worm lady before but we've got snow here and it won't be above freezing here till April/May now, I'll probably have to go get that blood test for her, I've been hoping the covid numbers would go down but they're rising, I live in a small town so have to drive over an hour to the vet, or small town had no covid cases but I've been afraid to drive into the city lately since I'm 34 weeks pregnant :(
Cricket321
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:36 pm

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:03 am

You can see if the suppliers will ship and have your post office hold the insects at the post office and you go pick them up -- I live in MN so I know what your talking about --- my suppliers will ship in the winter time I just have the post office hold at the post office
Karrie
KarrieRee
BD.org Sicko
 
Posts: 11378
Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:24 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby Cricket321 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:16 am

Okay, thanks I'll look into that, but last time I had bsfl she wasn't eating those either so I doubt that will help, any thoughts on why she isn't eating though? Today she woke up and basked for awhile and watched the worms crawl around in her salad bowl without touching any of it, and now she went under her hammock
Cricket321
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:36 pm
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:24 am

Get a weight on her now--- weigh on a kitchen food scale and weigh in grams -- keep track of it -- they can slow down on eating in the winter -- can you post a pic of her please https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ click on XIMG at the top of the message box then click on the pic not really sure why shes not eating ----
Karrie
KarrieRee
BD.org Sicko
 
Posts: 11378
Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:24 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby Cricket321 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:45 pm

[Click image to enlarge]
[Click image to enlarge]
Cricket321
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:36 pm

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby Cricket321 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:48 pm

I've been keeping track of her weight all along she's 357 she hadn't gained or lost anything in the 3-4 months since the first medicine was started
Cricket321
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:36 pm

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby Cricket321 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:50 pm

These pics were just this afternoon, she's starting to shed her head too, which certainly isn't helping her appetite, she wouldn't eat any bugs or salad today
Cricket321
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:36 pm

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:10 pm

Ok well just keeping offering and keep track of the weight - she should start to eat again --- she looks good ---
Karrie
KarrieRee
BD.org Sicko
 
Posts: 11378
Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:24 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: Bearded dragon barely eating

Postby Cricket321 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:18 pm

Thanks!
Cricket321
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:36 pm
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -


Return to Health

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot]