Beardie with an enlarged heart. What to do from here?

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Beardie with an enlarged heart. What to do from here?

Postby fl00dedlungs » Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:38 am

*long post* I took my beardie to an exotic vet yesterday to find out what’s wrong and why he had gradually refused food since dec. and why he has been breathing hard and weird since then. My guess was a bad uri? I feel so bad I had waited. I can post my vet paper in the comments. Upon the exam, X-rays showed an enlarged heart and fluid around it.
I was prescribed oxbow critical care omnivore, pimpbendan, baytril (just in case?), and furosemide. I hope he responds well to the meds, has anyone else has experience with this before? He is acting a little weird since the meds have been given, a black beard but still active. I’m worried. He never got a black before before the vet visit. If he starts to get bad off I will have to make the decision to put him to sleep I do not want him to suffer.

😞 He is 7 years old, will be 8 in may. He is a citrus tiger, from a breeder from a reptile show. he was a runt the smallest of the clutch. his first year of life he did not have uvb and proper care. My sisters boyfriends mom had him, if only she knew... 😔 he has mbd damage kinks in his tail and his toes. I got him when he was 1 year old and I wonder if he had had the right care would he have had this problem down the line or is it just genectis?
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Re: Beardie with an enlarged heart. What to do from here?

Postby AHBD » Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:51 am

Hi there, I'm so sorry to read this about your little guy. :( There's no way to tell for sure why he has this problem, humans can have heart problems at almost any stage in life. We hear of high school athletes collapsing on a basketball court and even newborn babies born with heart defects that need surgery right away. I hope he does well on the meds., only time will tell but keep him well hydrated by mixing a little extra water with his food supplement. BTW what is his name and can you post pics of him ?
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Re: Beardie with an enlarged heart. What to do from here?

Postby Drache613 » Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:34 pm


Sorry to hear your dragon has some heart issues, poor thing! There are some other
members here that have had the same or similiar problems.
I hope that the medication helps out for him! What foods do you use for him & supplements
Is his weight normal right now? Did the vet mention anything about an enlarged liver or not?
I agree, genetics definitely play a role in their longevity. We will help as much as we can.
When you get a chance, please post pictures of him so we can see him.

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