My baby beardie was attacked by the cat

Rylie Skye

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Kevin, Calypso Von Blueberry, Marvin
His wounds healed up well and he’s been eating, pooping, and drinking normally. However, as of last night he was having trouble with coordination. It seems like he’s dizzy and can’t orient himself.

We went to the vet asap and were told that his wobbliness could be because of a number of things but most likely may be an immune response to an infection or the result of head trauma. We are continuing to use antibiotics and keeping him hydrated by diluting Pedialyte with water.

The vet is fairly hopeful that he will survive and recover from this, albeit it might be a slow process. But I am very concerned for his well-being. He’s lethargic about half the time. When he moves it’s almost as if he can’t orient himself. We were told just to give Marvin antibiotics, keep him fed, hydrated, and comfy. Our vet is very knowledgeable with beardies and I trust their judgment. I just feel so helpless. He hasn’t displayed any signs of ADV or MBD (although I’m not ruling them out).

Marvin has had a little trouble catching food today. I hope I don’t have syringe feed, but any tips would be wonderful.

All advice is greatly appreciated. I just want my little guy to feel better soon :(

Here Marvin is waiting for the doc:
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KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 5 and Blaze is 3
His wounds healed up well and he’s been eating, pooping, and drinking normally. However, as of last night he was having trouble with coordination. It seems like he’s dizzy and can’t orient himself.

We went to the vet asap and were told that his wobbliness could be because of a number of things but most likely may be an immune response to an infection or the result of head trauma. We are continuing to use antibiotics and keeping him hydrated by diluting Pedialyte with water.

The vet is fairly hopeful that he will survive and recover from this, albeit it might be a slow process. But I am very concerned for his well-being. He’s lethargic about half the time. When he moves it’s almost as if he can’t orient himself. We were told just to give Marvin antibiotics, keep him fed, hydrated, and comfy. Our vet is very knowledgeable with beardies and I trust their judgment. I just feel so helpless. He hasn’t displayed any signs of ADV or MBD (although I’m not ruling them out).

Marvin has had a little trouble catching food today. I hope I don’t have syringe feed, but any tips would be wonderful.

All advice is greatly appreciated. I just want my little guy to feel better soon :(

Here Marvin is waiting for the doc:
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What are you using for a uvb? What are his surface basking temps and how are you taking them? Digital probe thermometers are the most accurate
 

Rylie Skye

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Kevin, Calypso Von Blueberry, Marvin
What are you using for a uvb? What are his surface basking temps and how are you taking them? Digital probe thermometers are the most accurate
His surface basking temp is about 95-100. We’re using a thrive UVB bulb (and basking for that matter). I’ve been using an infrared gun to read temps. I’ve been reading all the temps by scanning the surfaces themselves (eg. his basking rock or under his cool hide).
 

xp29

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Zen , Ruby ,Snicker Doodles, Sweet Pea, Sinatra
Is the thrive uvb a coil/compact? If so they are no good. Please get a long tube and fixture. The t5 is a better bulb but a t8 can be used, the placement is different however, Karrieree can help you with placement. Also the ir guns can be inaccurate on some materials. You need the digital probe thermometer to get dependable readings. Your uvb and basking are absolutely the most critical aspect of your setup, if they are off your beardie won't thrive.
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 5 and Blaze is 3
His surface basking temp is about 95-100. We’re using a thrive UVB bulb (and basking for that matter). I’ve been using an infrared gun to read temps. I’ve been reading all the temps by scanning the surfaces themselves (eg. his basking rock or under his cool hide).
I can post links for 3 uvb's - please get this replaced as soon as possible-
 

Rylie Skye

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Beardie name(s)
Kevin, Calypso Von Blueberry, Marvin
Uvb's- are not all the same for a 40 gallon tank you want a T 5 bulb-- T 8 's are more for small tanks like 30 gallon and down
That is very good to know. Doing some more research now on it. Thank you, I really appreciate it!!
 

Rylie Skye

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Beardie name(s)
Kevin, Calypso Von Blueberry, Marvin
Is the thrive uvb a coil/compact? If so they are no good. Please get a long tube and fixture. The t5 is a better bulb but a t8 can be used, the placement is different however, Karrieree can help you with placement. Also the ir guns can be inaccurate on some materials. You need the digital probe thermometer to get dependable readings. Your uvb and basking are absolutely the most critical aspect of your setup, if they are off your beardie won't thrive.
Thank you so much for your input! He does currently have a T8 compact bulb, which is definitely not the best choice for his setup - that is blunder in my end. I plan on replacing his lights and the thermometer as soon as the store opens in the morning. Is there a brand of thermometer you prefer?
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 5 and Blaze is 3
Thank you so much for your input! He does currently have a T8 compact bulb, which is definitely not the best choice for his setup - that is blunder in my end. I plan on replacing his lights and the thermometer as soon as the store opens in the morning. Is there a brand of thermometer you prefer?
Uvb zoo med or Arcadia pro T 5 w/ a 12% bulb or a sunblaster nano tech those are the ones recommended - I have never heard of a coil T 8
 

Drache613

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Hello,

How is your dragon doing? He is looking really good so he must be feeling quite a
bit better.
Let us know how the lighting changes are coming along.

Tracie
 

Rylie Skye

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Beardie name(s)
Kevin, Calypso Von Blueberry, Marvin
Got Marvin (and my other two beardies) better UVB lights and did a deep clean of his enclosure.

Marvin is about the same as he was yesterday. Still having trouble balancing and hasn’t showed much interest in food or water. I got some of his favorite snacks (blueberries and freeze dried crickets) to help entice him.

Fingers crossed he regains a little bit of his strength back today! I’ll keep you all posted on his progress.
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 5 and Blaze is 3
Got Marvin (and my other two beardies) better UVB lights and did a deep clean of his enclosure.

Marvin is about the same as he was yesterday. Still having trouble balancing and hasn’t showed much interest in food or water. I got some of his favorite snacks (blueberries and freeze dried crickets) to help entice him.

Fingers crossed he regains a little bit of his strength back today! I’ll keep you all posted on his progress.
What did you get for a UVB?
 

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