Is this early signs of tail rot? [Solved, thank you]

Shotty.Sub

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Smaug
Hi,

New beardie owner here. We adopted a 14 month old female dragon. Here is my introduction post which has all the infor on setup and diet: New Beardie Owner Here - Have Questions :) | Introductions | Bearded Dragon .org

Her tail recently shed and it came back a slightly different color. It's not in the process of returning to normal color. Is it normal for it to slowly change color from beginning to end? I noticed the end of her tail was darker first.

Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing early signs of tail rot. She does have a tiny piece of shed still at the very tip we are keeping an eye on. Bathing a few times a week and we have reptile shed spray we use occasionally as well.

No other health signs. Healthy poop. Tested for parasites recently and had a vet check up. Eating well. Not lethargic.

Again. Might just be new bearded dragon owner worry :)
 

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KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 2
Hi,

New beardie owner here. We adopted a 14 month old female dragon. Here is my introduction post which has all the infor on setup and diet: New Beardie Owner Here - Have Questions :) | Introductions | Bearded Dragon .org

Her tail recently shed and it came back a slightly different color. It's not in the process of returning to normal color. Is it normal for it to slowly change color from beginning to end? I noticed the end of her tail was darker first.

Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing early signs of tail rot. She does have a tiny piece of shed still at the very tip we are keeping an eye on. Bathing a few times a week and we have reptile shed spray we use occasionally as well.

No other health signs. Healthy poop. Tested for parasites recently and had a vet check up. Eating well. Not lethargic.

Again. Might just be new bearded dragon owner worry :)
hes got a couple of kinks but nothing to be concerned about --- tail rot would be this
Causes of tail rot are:
1. Injuries/trauma - caused by falls, or by any other bearded dragon.

2. Malnourished - make sure he has a balanced diet and he gets the nourishment he needs

How to identify tail rot:

1. Dried out - Decaying tail won't be able to retain moisture, check if it's dried out completely.

2. Very thin, brittle - Decaying tail won't be able to process nourishment, causing it to become more thin and brittle.
What to do after finding out it has a tail rot:
1. Go to a vet - very recommended
For more info, please see the link: Bearded Dragon Tail Rot: What the Dark Tail Mean & Treatment
T Ask yourself these questions:
Was the tail recently injured?
Was a part of the tail open (eg wound/scrape/cut)
Was flesh exposed?
Is the tail constantly dark? or does the darkness ever go away (eg when in the tank, different environments)
If you didn't answer yes to basically all of those questions, it's not tail rot.
Tail rot is extremely rare. It's an infection of the flesh, from a wound or injury to the tail.
Tail rot is really kind of just a fancy name for an infected wound, one of which is affecting the tail.ail Rot
 

Shotty.Sub

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Smaug
Thank you so much! So concise. This is better than any source I found on Google as well.

You may be able to answer me about scale rot too? How do I know the difference between a damage scale and rot? Or will I not know until it spreads. She's shedding her beard right now and running around wildly.
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 2
Thank you so much! So concise. This is better than any source I found on Google as well.

You may be able to answer me about scale rot too? How do I know the difference between a damage scale and rot? Or will I not know until it spreads. She's shedding her beard right now and running around wildly.
Not sure on the scale rot thing but some others on here would know it better than I -- best to post pics of the dragon and the issue at hand - then we can have some others on here look -- one of them being a vet tech mod -- and another who is very familiar w/ things like that - they can advise on how to take care of it
 

Shotty.Sub

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Beardie name(s)
Smaug
Not sure on the scale rot thing but some others on here would know it better than I -- best to post pics of the dragon and the issue at hand - then we can have some others on here look -- one of them being a vet tech mod -- and another who is very familiar w/ things like that - they can advise on how to take care of it
Great, thank you!
 

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