A Beardie Favourite - MOUTH ROT!??

Megan8116

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I don't have a reptile vet in my area, and I've now shown this photo to two people both with experience with Bearded Dragons. One is 100% sure its mouth rot and one says it isn't.

A quick review of all important things; History:
- Rescue Beardie, assumed older.
- Rescued.... about 10 months ago.
- Female - has laid unfertilized eggs
- history of poor husbandry and parasites (corrected, prior to my having her)
- poor weight: intake of 365ish grams, currently 425grams

Current Set-up

Feeding: crickets (interest is so/so) loves hornworms but we know those are not nutritional. Sucks at eating her greens. She'll stay at a stable weight or very very slowly go down if I don't syringe feed her. When she laid eggs she went from 410g back to like 355g - in one day. stressed me out. She loves syringe feeding. She sees it and opens her mouth so thats mostly what I do. its easy for both of us.

I should mention I've noticed she is a bit salivaie. After syringe feeding she'll have a bit of salvia coming out but assumed that was related to the syringe. She'll grab on to it and hold on, even after its empty.

Cage: 4 ft terrarium with Arcadia UVB and 100watt heat bulb. her basking spot is 105-110 measured by a heat gun.

I think thats it..... oh the photo started as a 'hey, look my dragons cute' and ended with a friend saying she has (likely) stage 3 mouth rot and I should be treating it asap. This is based on her experience and this nice chart from Science Direct (attached).

Any insight would be appreciated.
 

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KarrieRee

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I don't have a reptile vet in my area, and I've now shown this photo to two people both with experience with Bearded Dragons. One is 100% sure its mouth rot and one says it isn't.

A quick review of all important things; History:
- Rescue Beardie, assumed older.
- Rescued.... about 10 months ago.
- Female - has laid unfertilized eggs
- history of poor husbandry and parasites (corrected, prior to my having her)
- poor weight: intake of 365ish grams, currently 425grams

Current Set-up

Feeding: crickets (interest is so/so) loves hornworms but we know those are not nutritional. Sucks at eating her greens. She'll stay at a stable weight or very very slowly go down if I don't syringe feed her. When she laid eggs she went from 410g back to like 355g - in one day. stressed me out. She loves syringe feeding. She sees it and opens her mouth so thats mostly what I do. its easy for both of us.

I should mention I've noticed she is a bit salivaie. After syringe feeding she'll have a bit of salvia coming out but assumed that was related to the syringe. She'll grab on to it and hold on, even after its empty.

Cage: 4 ft terrarium with Arcadia UVB and 100watt heat bulb. her basking spot is 105-110 measured by a heat gun.

I think thats it..... oh the photo started as a 'hey, look my dragons cute' and ended with a friend saying she has (likely) stage 3 mouth rot and I should be treating it asap. This is based on her experience and this nice chart from Science Direct (attached).

Any insight would be appreciated.
I am not a expert but to me her mouth looks good --- we can have some others on here look that are good at it --- your UVB is it in the tank? Placement and distance depends on the screen your using
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Her mouth looks OK to me. I don't see signs of swelling or wounds that could indicate infection. There is some yellowing along the gums but that just looks like fairly typical natural coloring to me. I don't see signs for concern based on the photos.
 

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