8 month bearded dragon refuses to eat

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
Yea he's at 350 grams and staying pretty much right there and it's a reptizoo basking bulb
What was he weighing before ? Not familiar w/ Reptizoo basking bulbs just the UVB ones and they are not of good quality -- you can try changing the basking bulb out to a solid clear bright white bulb examples are Flukers basking --- Exo Terra Intense -- Arcadia Halogen -- pet mountain carries the Flukers -- they are the most reasonable -
 

Jeffvan

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What was he weighing before ? Not familiar w/ Reptizoo basking bulbs just the UVB ones and they are not of good quality -- you can try changing the basking bulb out to a solid clear bright white bulb examples are Flukers basking --- Exo Terra Intense -- Arcadia Halogen -- pet mountain carries the Flukers -- they are the most reasonable -
He was only 5 grams heavier then now he doesn't look skinny or anything to me just puzzled how I can't get him to eat
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
With the way it was set up has not changed and had him since a baby was fine never had a problem but has just gone on this week long hunger strike so if the conditions were not right wouldn't he had a problem before this it's weird
Could be but we dont want him losing weight --- there is a issue if he is -- what bugs are you feeding? Has he ever been tested for parasites? Too many of them will cause lack of eating / appetite loss-- what was his poop looking like before he quit eating -runny smelling so bad you couldnt be in the same room or you could smell it out of the room? - usually they will go off their food and not eat as much but not to just completely quit eating --
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
He was only 5 grams heavier then now he doesn't look skinny or anything to me just puzzled how I can't get him to eat
5 grams isnt much ---- I would keep an eye on it but we need him to eat so you can get a poop sample in for testing --- NO enemas from the vet --- not sure why hes not eating unless its the basking bulb -- guess I would change it out - we need to try and rule out cheaper causes first w/ out a vet visit --
 

Jeffvan

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Could be but we dont want him losing weight --- there is a issue if he is -- what bugs are you feeding? Has he ever been tested for parasites? Too many of them will cause lack of eating / appetite loss-- what was his poop looking like before he quit eating -runny smelling so bad you couldnt be in the same room or you could smell it out of the room? - usually they will go off their food and not eat as much but not to just completely quit eating --
I'm feeding him Dubai roaches dusted with calcium and his poop was solid I mean it's poop yea it smelled lol but only when I got close to the tank to clean it up and no he has not been tested for parasites and btw I appreciate the help
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
I'm feeding him Dubai roaches dusted with calcium and his poop was solid I mean it's poop yea it smelled lol but only when I got close to the tank to clean it up and no he has not been tested for parasites and btw I appreciate the help
Ok so more than likely no parasites then -- usually its really runny and smell so bad you cant be in the same room-- have you tried changing his diet up ? Like offering silk worms or BSFL for a staple ? I would suggest crickets but I dont like them they stink and can cause parasites that is why I asked about the insect-- are you using regular calcium NO phosphate? Or one w/ D3? What kind of greens are you feeding? W/ everything on par and after we rule out lighting etc its got to be just him ---- I would change out the basking bulb tho -- you dont want yellowish bulbs or off white or Daytime bulbs for basking -- hes not going to starve himself -- maybe AHBD can chime in here and see what she thinks --
 

Jeffvan

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I rotate between the d3 calcium and the calcium with out d3 cause heard too much d3 can be bad also and mostly he gets fresh collard greens.ok I will try a different basking bulb but I have used this brand since he was a baby and he was fine but maybe he doesn't like it now lol not sure I will give it a try and see what happens thanks for your help just very stressful when he won't eat then I have to remind myself he is a reptile and can go longer periods with out food then other animals and still be fine just trying to do my best for him
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
I rotate between the d3 calcium and the calcium with out d3 cause heard too much d3 can be bad also and mostly he gets fresh collard greens.ok I will try a different basking bulb but I have used this brand since he was a baby and he was fine but maybe he doesn't like it now lol not sure I will give it a try and see what happens thanks for your help just very stressful when he won't eat then I have to remind myself he is a reptile and can go longer periods with out food then other animals and still be fine just trying to do my best for him
He only needs the D3 once a week - the other feedings the regular calcium
 

Drache613

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Hello,

It looks like your lighting is good, as well as the supplementation schedule too. His physical condition
appears fine, to me. He doesn't look ill, & his eyes look alert. He has a very sweet face.
It is a possibilty he might be going into a slowdown phase, or brumation. It sounds odd but sometimes
they do go into brumation in spring & summertime though it might not be a long phase.
As long as he isn't losing weight, I wouldn't worry too much. You could get a fecal done, just to be sure
there isn't anything else going on with him to cause a loss of appetite.

Tracie
 

Jeffvan

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Hello,

It looks like your lighting is good, as well as the supplementation schedule too. His physical condition
appears fine, to me. He doesn't look ill, & his eyes look alert. He has a very sweet face.
It is a possibilty he might be going into a slowdown phase, or brumation. It sounds odd but sometimes
they do go into brumation in spring & summertime though it might not be a long phase.
As long as he isn't losing weight, I wouldn't worry too much. You could get a fecal done, just to be sure
there isn't anything else going on with him to cause a loss of appetite.

Tracie
Yes he appears to be fine to me also I might give him alittle longer as long as he doesn't lose weight and then if still won't eat I will get the fecal done I didn't think the went into brumation till after they were a year old or can they do it earlier then that
 

Drache613

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Hello,

It is somewhat common for them to go into brumation before the age of 1. The norm usually is over a
year but there are a good number of them that go in under the age of 1 especially if they are healthy.
You know him & his behavior better than we do so just be sure he remains healthy so he is well hydrated
in case he does want to rest here & there.

Tracie
 

ChileanTaco

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Taco
My dragon went into brumation at age 9 - 10 months. Just a 3-week brumation. He's quite big and heavy (470 g; length I can't say exactly but he's not overweight), healthy and has always been healthy. He's now back and behaving typically post-brumation, so I can be pretty sure it was brumation and not that he was sick. During that time, he didn't really sleep during day but rested with half-closed eyes in his cave, and came out for a few minutes on some days but not on all. He refused to eat for a bit more than 3 weeks.
He's now back and is eating, pooping (normal poops, first one was 2 days after he was out of his cave for most of the day), running (not walking - running ;)) and super active.

If all the parameters of the setup are ok (looks like they are from what was posted) and the dragon has been healthy so far and has a good weight, I also would not worry.
 
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Drache613

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Hello,

How is your dragon doing?
Did you ever change the UVB light from the Reptizoo to another brand for a better quality UVB
exposure?
I hope his weight is stable, that is a good indicator of health. let us know how he is doing.

Tracie
 

Jeffvan

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Hello,

How is your dragon doing?
Did you ever change the UVB light from the Reptizoo to another brand for a better quality UVB
exposure?
I hope his weight is stable, that is a good indicator of health. let us know how he is doing.

Tracie
Yea I did change the bulb he still really is not eating will pick at his greens alittle the only way I can get him to eat is to hold him and put the food by his mouth and he will take it every once and a while
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
Yea I did change the bulb he still really is not eating will pick at his greens alittle the only way I can get him to eat is to hold him and put the food by his mouth and he will take it every once and a while
He is eating thats good - please keep a weight on him --- is he eating insects?
 

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