Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

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Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby Leiissha » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:24 pm

Hey all,

My beardies foot is extremely hard and gray. The scales look 'dead' and they're separating from the healthy looking ones. When you look at it up close you can kind of see under the gray ones and its just smooth skin? Is his foot dying? Is he dying? I'll try and post a picture later, I really don't want to bother him again tonight.
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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:51 pm

Photos will help us .

BUT if you think there is a serious issue with the foot you really need to find a local reptile vet and take your dragon to them to be examined and for xrays and bloodwork to determine exactly what is going on.
From what you are saying it seems it's WELL PAST being treatable using cheap home remedies like manuka honey.

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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby Leiissha » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:55 pm

kingofnobbys wrote:Photos will help us .

BUT if you think there is a serious issue with the foot you really need to find a local reptile vet and take your dragon to them to be examined and for xrays and bloodwork to determine exactly what is going on.
From what you are saying it seems it's WELL PAST being treatable using cheap home remedies like manuka honey.

If you can't find a reptile vet, tell us your zip code and we can look up a reptile vet who has a practice near you.


Im in Canada, I have a vet but I have to wait until the morning to take him in. Heres a photo. [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby AHBD » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:15 am

That's just skin shed that hasn't come off, very common. The foot does look swollen though. Can you post a pic of him with both feet in front of him as well as a pic of his other foot for size comparison ?
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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby Leiissha » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:19 am

It just seems way too deep to be shed. Im taking him to the vet in a few hours so hopefully thats all it is.
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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby AHBD » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:32 am

Is he walking on it as usual or can you tell if he's in any pain ?
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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby Leiissha » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:34 am

He isnt really using it at all. And when he does its like a club. He doesnt have his usual dexterity
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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby AHBD » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:37 am

That's not a good sign, hopefully the vet can help him out. Is he housed with another dragon + maybe got bitten ?
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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby AHBD » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:37 pm

Have you been to the vet ?
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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby Drache613 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:55 pm

Hello,

How is your dragon's foot looking today?
Pictures would be very helpful for us. Are you able to get him to the vet for analysis?
If you can get some raw, unpasteurized honey, or antibiotic ointment on that hand it would
help out a little bit.
How is his appetite?

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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby Leiissha » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:38 pm

He's been to the vet and his foot is fractured. She was also concerned about his breathing so hes now on antibiotics, pain meds and calcium supplements.

He hasnt been eating much but hes drinking water. I'm keeping close contact with the vet and monitoring him. He's becoming more interested in food and has more energy today which is good. His food is still not great but is looking much better.
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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby fcooper » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:35 am

It's likely that when he shed the skin didn't come off his toes, and now the toe has actually died due to lack of circulation - it happens to some people that's why you always have to watch when they shed and make sure the skin comes off their toes and the tip of their tail. There's probably not much that can be done for his toe, but you need to take him to a vet so his foot can be saved.
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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby Leiissha » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:55 am

I've taken him to the vet. Im currently doing what ive been told from my vet.
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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby Drache613 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:31 am

Hello,

Just wondered how your dragon's foot was looking? Is it improving any yet?
I hope it gets better soon. Keep us posted on how he is doing.

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Re: Help! I think my guys foot is dying???

Postby AHBD » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:55 am

Fractured foot, poor guy . :( No wonder he is not using it. Keep all of his basking areas very low so he doesn't chance hurting it by a jump or fall. Hopefully it heals up soon. What type of uvb bulb do you have ? It should be a long tube rather than a small coil or compact, you need the best uvb to speed up the healing of his bones. A long tube Reptisun 10.0 t5 or Arcadia D3 12-14 %. Some MVB's are good as well such as the Megaray.
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