Beardie Ate a Rock. Should I panic?

Shotty.Sub

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Beardie name(s)
Fiona
Hi,

We recently adopted a bearded dragon, full detail on the set up here: New Beardie Owner Here - Have Questions :) | Introductions | Bearded Dragon .org

The previous owner had a bioactive set up. It has many elements, but for the sake of relevance it has bugs and some charcoal pieces strewn throughout.

We're in the process of converting the tank over to tile. We just got all the tile pieces cut to size and are switching it out this weekend... but she ate a rock in the meantime. A bug crawled out from underneath and she misfired and got a piece of charcoal rock instead. I ran over to try and pull it out of her mouth but it was too late.

Should we be panicked and what are best next steps? It's hard to say the size of the piece of charcoal as I only got the tail end of the event. However, it was pretty crunchy - which is what called my attention, which makes me hope it was thin enough for her to chew.

It's worth noting we are switching her to tile, because I didn't want to have to worry about this type of scenario to begin with.
 
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Shotty.Sub

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Fiona
Highly unlikely to cause a problem, just feed + hydrate her as usual and it should pass through.
Thank you! Any signs I should keep an eye out for?

We just spent several hours redoing her tank today to be tile. So this shouldn't happen again 😅
 

Shotty.Sub

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Fiona
Highly unlikely to cause a problem, just feed + hydrate her as usual and it should pass through.
Hi. So updated.

She pooped the next day. A very large poop.

But hasn't pooped since (7 Days). She is shedding (legs, back, belly, and face) and we just set up her new tank. So it's possible that may be the cause.

Her tummy looks quite full but no abnormal bulges. She can walk fine and seems alert. Not sleepy. Still eating crickets but being pickier about her greens. We gave her a blueberry with olive oil.

At what point should I be concerned if she's not pooping.

We are giving her warm baths and tummy rubs too. Not running around her tank as much, but if we let her out she explores.

Her basking temps are a little over 100 and I've checked her UV distance on here with other members as well :)
 

xp29

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Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
I'm not sure on how long to wait, but i would caution not to get carried away with bathing. To many baths can cause it's own problems. On one hand it can dry out their scales on the other if they don't get fully dry it could cause bacteria to start.
 

xp29

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Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
You can try a spoon, if your beardie eats that way its great. If not you can use a syringe to put a little on its nose at a time. If the baby food is really thin you might could use an eye dropper.
If your beardie won't lick it off its nose you can pull down tbe side of its lip and put a little in its mouth that way. Be careful not to go to fast you don't want to aspirate your dragon.
 

Shotty.Sub

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Fiona
You can try a spoon, if your beardie eats that way its great. If not you can use a syringe to put a little on its nose at a time. If the baby food is really thin you might could use an eye dropper.
If your beardie won't lick it off its nose you can pull down tbe side of its lip and put a little in its mouth that way. Be careful not to go to fast you don't want to aspirate your dragon.
Great, thank you
 

Shotty.Sub

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Fiona
Just keep feeding her as usual, maybe add a little baby food squash or sweet potato. Not too many baths as xp29 mentioned.
So. Good news. After eating some greens we let her run around on a tiled flooring area of our house and she pooped (8th day).

The urate was chalky but lots of liquid around it. Here is a picture
 

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