Is this shed or something else?

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Is this shed or something else?

Postby justinewin » Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:43 pm

Hi! Ive been noticing that my beardie Yuzu has been shedding some scales but just recently I noticed how odd his underbelly is!! Is this normal? 😟[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Is this shed or something else?

Postby AHBD » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:04 pm

Hi there, it may be but it's one of the darkest + most drastic I've see. How long have you had beardie and have you seen it shed before ? Can you get a close up of the back ? Try a warm bath with 10 % betadine added and use a tooth brush to see if some of it comes off.
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Re: Is this shed or something else?

Postby justinewin » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:46 pm

AHBD wrote:Hi there, it may be but it's one of the darkest + most drastic I've see. How long have you had beardie and have you seen it shed before ? Can you get a close up of the back ? Try a warm bath with 10 % betadine added and use a tooth brush to see if some of it comes off.


Ive had him for 6 months now and he is a 2.5 year old beardie. I just started giving him a betadine bath today but ive been giving him daily baths for 1.5 weeks now.

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Re: Is this shed or something else?

Postby Claudiusx » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:18 pm

Hi there,

What is his behavior like, is he acting normal?
Does he have a black beard at all?

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Re: Is this shed or something else?

Postby justinewin » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:21 pm

Claudiusx wrote:Hi there,

What is his behavior like, is he acting normal?
Does he have a black beard at all?

-Brandon


Half of his beard is black which I suspect is shedding. He’s very lethargic and no appetite. Ive been feeding him veggie smoothie off a syringe for a week now cause I got worried he’ll end up losing weight. I wonder if this is all due to the intense shedding or something else :/
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Re: Is this shed or something else?

Postby Claudiusx » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:41 pm

No, this is something else.

He appears to be very sick, his fat stores in his tail base and head are diminished, the lethargy, the black beard, and the strange discoloration on his abdomen. I don't know for sure what it is, as in 20 years I haven't seen anything quite like it, but I do know that this isn't going to be a case that you can handle at home. He needs bloodwork at the minimum to see what's going on, if not some type of imaging. From there you will be able to determine his best course of treatment.

But as I see it now, he really needs to be seen by a competent vet.

His back looks like it could be fungal, or a burn. Fungal infections when left untreated can become systematic, and infect the whole body. It's possible that he has a whole body infection and that is what is causing the discoloration on the belly.
But don't take my word for it, usually I speak from experience on these things, but like I said, I haven't seen something quite like this before.

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Re: Is this shed or something else?

Postby AHBD » Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:56 am

Along with Brandon's advice can you post pics of the entire set up including lights + substrate ? Also, is there a water bowl in the tank ? Any damp areas ?
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