Do I REALLY need to bathe her?

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Lucy (6 yr old) absolutely HATES water/baths. She even gets bratty when I drip warm water on her head or back. I hate to force her into anything that stresses her out. I feed her baby food for extra moisture. I keep a humidifier going all the time in my apartment (for the both of us). Several times a week I'll either let her chill in the warm humid bathroom after I shower or turn the shower on and turn the bathroom heater on for her while she hangs out on the carpet and offer her a shallow tray of warm water.
Does this seem like a sufficient solution to avoid biweekly baths? Is there anything else I could do to avoid stressing her out so much?
 

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Hi ToughP, I don't bathe mine regularly, only if they're dirty or once in a while for the ones who don't mind it or even enjoy it. :) The baby food provides moisture, just make sure it's sugar free [ sugar is not good for reptiles ] and if you add extra water in with it then you'll be giving her plenty of hydration.

Best not to have Lucy in a very humid bathroom, she won't get hydrated that way anyway and it may contribute to a respiratory infection.
 

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AHBD":1mc4gjb1 said:
Best not to have Lucy in a very humid bathroom, she won't get hydrated that way anyway and it may contribute to a respiratory infection.

Thanks for the reply!!! Never thought about a respiratory infection. I'll have to look more into that. Any links to recommend? :study:

I just had the door open one day after my shower and she wandered in there during her daily exploration of the house and stayed in there. I always keep the bathroom nice and warm and the door open in case she gets cold while she's out of her tank roaming her castle! :lol:
 

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You're welcome. :) For links, just Google that topic and a lot of things will pop up . The combination of low temps. [ 80 is low for beardie , but we'd consider it high in our houses ] plus high humidity can contribute to illness.

Sounds like Lucy is a happy free range dragon. :)
 

kingofnobbys

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No, bathing a beardie is rarely required.

Rex , my 4 year old girl , has only been bathed a few times.

Peppa and Toothless have not needed a bath since we brought them home.
 

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ToughPrincess":3k76jpfh said:
Hi!

Lucy (6 yr old) absolutely HATES water/baths. She even gets bratty when I drip warm water on her head or back. I hate to force her into anything that stresses her out. I feed her baby food for extra moisture. I keep a humidifier going all the time in my apartment (for the both of us). Several times a week I'll either let her chill in the warm humid bathroom after I shower or turn the shower on and turn the bathroom heater on for her while she hangs out on the carpet and offer her a shallow tray of warm water. <<< she's a central bearded dragon , natural range is the dry sevannahs and deserts of central Australia.
I suggest you keep an eye on the relative humidity and avoid letting her chill in the warm humid bathroom.
Relative humidities about 60% are OK for a beardie, however regular exposure to very high humidity like in a warm humid bathroom (likely %RH > 80%) is not going to be good for her. (That said I know people who live in tropical Darwin and Cairns who successfully keep bearded dragons even during the monsoon (wet) season.)
Does this seem like a sufficient solution to avoid biweekly baths? Is there anything else I could do to avoid stressing her out so much?
 
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