Restless, digging and breathing heavy

This forum is for urgent health concerns, where your beardie seems very ill and you need immediate help!

Restless, digging and breathing heavy

Postby RobinS » Tue May 11, 2021 2:28 pm

Hello... New here! This is also out first beardie! We brought home Mr. Miyagi (which the vet thinks may be a Mrs... But isn't sure) September, 2020 from PetCo and was told she was approximately 4 months old (so would be almost a year now).

She is a very chill and relaxed beardie and had never shown signs of stress or any medical issues... Until now. The past 3 days she had become increasingly restless... Going from hammock to hammock, down to the floor, digging and glad surfing like crazy. When she is on the floor of her enclosure she breaths heavier and I'm not sure if this is respiratory distress or just from all her restless activity.

Additionally, her poop has increased in frequency the past 4-5 days. While it is still a musky normal firmness and color, there shears to be more liquid with it.

She has made a mess of her enclosure from the constant digging. I have 2 hammocks, a hideout made of stone, food dish (has a water dish in there but removed it this afternoon because she gets the water EVERYWHERE). I when added a little dig box with soft blanket just in case she's about to have eggs, if she is a she, and if that was an early possibility... She's not interest in it at all.

I have called the vet and she has an appt on Monday (6 days away) which was the soonest they could get us in. She has pepper lighting/heat, eats veggies everyday, has a variety of feeders we rotate through on different days. I give her a syringe or two of water every other day to there days and a bath every two weeks. She has no trouble when shedding (which she completed most recently as about a week ago). The warm side of her enclosure is usually about 98-100 degrees and the cold side about 82-84 with roughly 13% humidity. It is also ventilated properly.

Please help with suggestions... I'm clueless here in what to do for her! She never acts like this at all!
RobinS
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue May 11, 2021 2:09 pm
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Re: Restless, digging and breathing heavy

Postby Gail » Tue May 11, 2021 3:30 pm

Does her tummy look bloated or larger then normal? Its very possible she has eggs and needs to lay.
Make her a lay box and see if that helps. If you hop on over to the breeding forum, there should be instructions.
I've not done it myself so I'm no help with the details.
User avatar
Gail
BD.org Addict
 
Posts: 8117
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 6:53 pm
Location: North Idaho

Re: Restless, digging and breathing heavy

Postby RobinS » Tue May 11, 2021 3:44 pm

I did put a box with soft material in it for her... Just in case. However, her belly is not bloated at all and I don't see any indication of eggs on the sides of her belly😔
RobinS
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue May 11, 2021 2:09 pm

Re: Restless, digging and breathing heavy

Postby SandP » Tue May 11, 2021 3:45 pm

I agree with Gail, everything you've mentioned points to her ready to lay.

She could just be super active trying to find a mate, many call it spring fever. I would still have a lay box ready just in case.


If you can post a pic of her tail raised we could try to tell the gender for you. If it is a male being active like that this time of year is very common. Since you mentioned the digging it make me think female but again a pic will be helpful.
User avatar
SandP
Hatchling Poster
 
Posts: 289
Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:33 am
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Re: Restless, digging and breathing heavy

Postby RobinS » Tue May 11, 2021 4:02 pm

I'm not sure how to add a photo😬. So I created a photo link...I think...I hope this works (unless someone can tell me a better way to share)

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8e5U2RcU6b7TkHtZA
RobinS
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue May 11, 2021 2:09 pm

Re: Restless, digging and breathing heavy

Postby SandP » Tue May 11, 2021 4:09 pm

Looks like a male to me actually, if you arch the tail up slightly more it may be easier to see but I can sort of see bulges. If he is a male it sounds like spring fever and he's trying to find a mate. If you're able to and can provide a safe place you can let him out in a room to try to burn off some of his energy but he should eventually calm down.
User avatar
SandP
Hatchling Poster
 
Posts: 289
Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:33 am

Re: Restless, digging and breathing heavy

Postby RobinS » Wed May 12, 2021 2:55 pm

Ok, so this just happened😳 This is his/her second poo of the day and it's the most liquid ever, and first time morning solid was in it. I'm really concerned now😬 I'm not sure what to do between now and the Monday appointment!

I've taken her food dish out because she got food all over again and was just about to clean up a little and put more paper towels down when she went poo. Today she ate very little greens, had a large female dubia roach covered in calcium, and 2 small pieces of rapashy grub pie. I have her water via syringe yesterday (2 very tiny syringes) and none today.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/mNPmDnUmz4NdWfeP6
RobinS
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue May 11, 2021 2:09 pm

Re: Restless, digging and breathing heavy

Postby Drache613 » Thu May 13, 2021 12:30 am

Hello,

I agree, I think it is possible your dragon is a male who is probably going through a surge of
hormones! I am basing this on the picture you had posted of the tail/vent picture.
The males can really get rambunctious this time of year, running around like crazy, destroying
their tanks, etc.
Has he had a black or darker than normal beard?

Tracie
User avatar
Drache613
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 41676
Joined: Fri Feb 10, 2006 9:33 pm
Location: May, Texas
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -


Return to Beardie ER

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users