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hello! my name is alya and I have a bearded dragon named Chester chess for short and this is my first post! I have had him for about 6 months now and he's around 11 months old (vet estimated) when I got him he seemed healthy 320 grams and alert and eating well and pooping 2 per day! and a few months ago we took him to the vet (avian and exotic animal hospital) and the reason we took him was that he had a small amount of blood/mucus in the stool so we did a fecal exam and he had HIGH rates of coccidia so we medicated him and then we took another fecal In to make sure it was gone but it turns out it did not work? so then we got a different and stronger type of coccidia meds and then that finished yesterday and now I'm pissed bc he still has blood in stool and I give him probiotics and bee pollen powder but the problem is he did not eat the whole time I was treating him :roll: I just got the bee pollen powder this morning and he finally ate after 3 weeks he lost 10 g but that was in a long period of time he lives in a 40 gallon (planning on upgrading into 120gall) has long 12% t5 UVB 24" and his basking bulb is uva. his basking spot depends on the day but 100-115 one time it got to 120 but that only happened on a very hot day. his cool side ranges from 75-80 hot side stays around 90 and his UVB long covers his whole tank. and the temps are measured with a temp gun! he is also getting antibiotic shots because while he was getting his second coccidia meds he has a constant black beard and (used to be very bloated) but was pooping regularly and so we took him for a checkup and the vet said it could be an internal bacterial infection and said we should do a blood test but the problem was for a blood test it cost 250$ :| and I could not afford it so we went with just treating him with shot antibiotics and he's on his last shot in 3 days he only improved with the bloating a but he keeps on black bearding and I think it could be from stress and the shots+meds so I and my parents made a deal that after all his meds are done we will wait 2 weeks for him to de-stress ant to feel better but if he does not improve/continues his black bearding we will do a blood test in his tank, I use paper as flooring (for easy to clean purposes) and has all plastic items to be able to clean properly basking cave/plastic log cave/ plastic salad bowl I deep clean his tank and items every day using ammonium hydroxide 10% and letting it sit for 20 min then scrubbing with dawn dish soap and hot water I went on multiple websites and based multiple people so this is what I came up with. but overall he's active/ alert / and does not have any issue walking/ and no swelling at all has clear eyes show color and is 18" long! I got him at 16" I can show pictures of him and the weird thing is whenever I hold him his beard goes back to normal??? he's a bit skinny but I'm planning to start force-feeding him nutritious food! Please help me out on what to do now sometimes I feel a bit helpless thank you! I also got him at lllreptile and they are a rescue (they get their reptiles from people that don't want/cant care for anymore) (sometimes he will bloat himself into a huge balloon and yawn is that normal? and he is very affectionate thank you!