Brumation at 8 months old

Shemar

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So i took my breaded dragon on a week trip to my grandparents kept her warm the ride down there the ride back i did my best to keep her warm with havin hot air blow on her to keep her temp up the last time she pooped was around 23-24 one of those 2 days an after that she started to slow down a lil she was eating still but really slowly an when we got home she went to sleep that night n was fine the next day i didnt really take note of her not eating really till later n the week i put her n warm water n try to get her to poop but nuffin happens shes 19 inches from head to tail weight ion really im not home as much anymore but when i do come to check on her shes in her hide or in a dark corner under her hammock im using 2 basking lights right now to keep her temperature in her tank up but she still isnt eating her dry food or any superworms I’ve given her. Sometimes when i pick her up she has some stress marks towards her tail. Should i be worried about this or is it just a sign of brumation. This is also her first winter with me
 

mango_the_beardie

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uhm so usually beardies like to brumate when there 1 year and older so i would get her stool checked by the vet btw how is her stool runny or different colors anything like that? have you had her for 8 months also can i get a pic of her?
 

Shemar

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So she last pooped a week ago n it was long n regular like her normal poops its a color of brown n white n the onky time it was a different color is when i was given her color dried food n yes ive had her sense she was very little n watch her grown up n shes slowed down a couple times but shes never stopped eating like this longest i would say she went was about 2 maybe 3 days
 

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mango_the_beardie

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uhm so i would defenitly take her to the vet she should want food every day she is probably a year old if you've had her for 8 months she looks like a normal size for a 1 year old dragon im just going to guess its overload in pinworms because this is almost exactly how my old dragon acted when she had an overload in pinworms
 

Shemar

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Pinworms ive never heard of those before i got her may 4th but i dont know the exact date she was born or she hatched from but ive had her for around 8 months n she still is drinking water i have to drip it over her nose but she still drinks it
 

mango_the_beardie

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Pinworms ive never heard of those before i got her may 4th but i dont know the exact date she was born or she hatched from but ive had her for around 8 months n she still is drinking water i have to drip it over her nose but she still drinks it
pinworms are parisites that my beardies vet said if you were to test 100 beardies for pinworms 99 of them would have it. its not deadly but its possible they could get a large amount of them which isn't good so youd need medicine to get rid of them
 

CooperDragon

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She looks pretty healthy in the photo. It's possible that she is in between/at the end of growth spurts and is just less hungry. Their appetite fluctuates over the course of the year, even as adults. I would keep track of her weight to make sure that is stable. Significant weight loss could indicate an underlying problem, but if her weight is pretty stable (some fluctuation is normal and OK) then she's probably OK. If her poop looks normal, that's good. The longer time between pooping corresponds to eating less and having a slower metabolism so that's not alarming in itself.

Parasites are a possibility, but if her poop looks and smells pretty normal, I probably wouldn't worry about it too much. As mentioned, pinworms are pretty common and quite treatable, but in low numbers they tend to be kept in check by a healthy immune system. It's good to have a fecal test done as part of a routine checkup, but I wouldn't worry about it too much in this case.

I would focus on adjusting the lighting as discussed in your other thread. Investing in a good T5 UVB tube is well worth it. I would also get a couple of digital thermometers w/probes that you can use to check surface temps and adjust the lights accordingly. They are pretty cheap (<$10 in most cases) and are a good way to know exactly what the temperature gradients are in your enclosure. Lighting is directly related to their metabolism/ability to digest food so it's certainly worth getting that sorted out the best you can.
 

Shemar

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She looks pretty healthy in the photo. It's possible that she is in between/at the end of growth spurts and is just less hungry. Their appetite fluctuates over the course of the year, even as adults. I would keep track of her weight to make sure that is stable. Significant weight loss could indicate an underlying problem, but if her weight is pretty stable (some fluctuation is normal and OK) then she's probably OK. If her poop looks normal, that's good. The longer time between pooping corresponds to eating less and having a slower metabolism so that's not alarming in itself.

Parasites are a possibility, but if her poop looks and smells pretty normal, I probably wouldn't worry about it too much. As mentioned, pinworms are pretty common and quite treatable, but in low numbers they tend to be kept in check by a healthy immune system. It's good to have a fecal test done as part of a routine checkup, but I wouldn't worry about it too much in this case.

I would focus on adjusting the lighting as discussed in your other thread. Investing in a good T5 UVB tube is well worth it. I would also get a couple of digital thermometers w/probes that you can use to check surface temps and adjust the lights accordingly. They are pretty cheap (<$10 in most cases) and are a good way to know exactly what the temperature gradients are in your enclosure. Lighting is directly related to their metabolism/ability to digest food so it's certainly worth getting that sorted out the best you can.
Ok thank you for that n ill be doin that my next check i also forgot to mention that ive been soakin her n warm water to help her poop n some shed came off i didnt even know she was shedding on parts of her body i think its was one of her hands or feed i soak her atleast 3 times a week whenever im home just in case she does poop. But she also likes to go in her little hiding spots like her hid or under her hammock i let her sit there for awhile then ill move her n put her on her hammock just so she gets her heat n stay warm today she did that i moved her now shes sittin under one of her basking lights i also poured some dry food in her rugs cause she’ll sometimes eat it like that but she just licks it n moves on thank you all for helpin me i wish i new about this site with my first breadie
 
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