Bearded dragon can’t break water in lungs

Noogai16

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Someone please help, he drank water now he’s breathing heavy, puffing up, making wheezing sound, IS HE DYING?!?!
 

Claudiusx

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Keep him tilted at a downward angle to help his lungs drain naturally. Did he aspirate in the bath?

Happened to one of mine too once. keep him warm tonight and if he's sleeping, try to make him sleep at the same downward angle.

-Brandon
 

Noogai16

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Keep him tilted at a downward angle to help his lungs drain naturally. Did he aspirate in the bath?

Happened to one of mine too once. keep him warm tonight and if he's sleeping, try to make him sleep at the same downward angle.

-Brandon
I believe he did, I’ve been tilting him over for a while now and he keeps leaking water
 

Noogai16

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Keep him tilted at a downward angle to help his lungs drain naturally. Did he aspirate in the bath?

Happened to one of mine too once. keep him warm tonight and if he's sleeping, try to make him sleep at the same downward angle.

-Brandon
The first couple times I tilted him he threw up the water but now he’s just breathing heavily after all that.
 

Claudiusx

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Yes, he still is able to breathe. As long as water is still coming out, keep him titled. And keep him warm tonight. It is going to take awhile for him to recover fully, you just want to make sure that you keep your husbandry up to par and keep him warm to lower the chances of him developing an URI.

Heavy breathing is going to be normal, so will some mucus probably as the hours/days go on. It's part of how the body fights to expel the contaminants (water) in the lungs.

If you have a CHE, try to keep him around 70-75 while he sleeps.

-Brandon
 

Drache613

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Hello,

I hope he is going to be ok. As suggested, try to keep him a little warmer overnight to help
boost his system.
If you can, place him on a slight decline overnight, to help any excess fluids drain out.

Let us know how he is doing.

Tracie
 

Noogai16

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Yes, he still is able to breathe. As long as water is still coming out, keep him titled. And keep him warm tonight. It is going to take awhile for him to recover fully, you just want to make sure that you keep your husbandry up to par and keep him warm to lower the chances of him developing an URI.

Heavy breathing is going to be normal, so will some mucus probably as the hours/days go on. It's part of how the body fights to expel the contaminants (water) in the lungs.

If you have a CHE, try to keep him around 70-75 while he sleeps.

-Brandon
You’re a life saver! Thank you! I panicked because I didn’t know if what I was doing was helping or not. I have a heat emitter ready for him and I’m gonna be keeping an eye on him even more
 

Noogai16

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Hello,

I hope he is going to be ok. As suggested, try to keep him a little warmer overnight to help
boost his system.
If you can, place him on a slight decline overnight, to help any excess fluids drain out.

Let us know how he is doing.

Tracie
Will do
 

Noogai16

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Update: He’s doing fine this morning, a little heavy breathing and I saw him gaping under his basking lamp, most likely because he was too hot
 

Drache613

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Hello,

I am glad to hear he is doing better today! Be sure to keep him a little warmer overnight,
for a few days to help boost his immune system. Keep us posted on his progress.

Tracie
 

Noogai16

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Hello,

I am glad to hear he is doing better today! Be sure to keep him a little warmer overnight,
for a few days to help boost his immune system. Keep us posted on his progress.

Tracie
He’s doing good, I’ve been keeping him warm at night at a cozy 80-85 degrees with a ceramic heat emitter.
 

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