My beardie passed yesterday, could I have done more?

nancy115

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Hi all,
About 6 weeks ago I adopted a lovely female bearded dragon, around the age of 5. She was from a family “friend” (no longer a friend).
When she was dropped off with her vivarium, I noticed the absolute disgusting state of it, the improper substrate, lamp and food she was being fed, dead bugs stuck in the heat lamp cage. It had definitely not been cleaned in months.
The poor girl wasn’t being given any calcium, was dehydrated and being fed fatty grubs as a staple insect, I don’t even know how long it’d had been since she had greens. She also had a large lump on her neck that we were told was benign by the previous owners.

Right away the viv was disinfected, correct substrate, heat lamp and food was given to her. She seemed a lot happier and put on a healthy amount of weight, no longer seemed dehydrated. I booked her to see the vets about her lump as I had a feeling it was worse than they said.

Last week we were referred to a specialist as our vet couldn’t diagnose the lump from the sample she had taken. I took her in for her consultation with the specialist and they said we had to completely remove the lump or she would have to be put down due to the lump restricting her throat. (I had noted the week leading up to this appointment she was starting to refuse all food)

Fast forward to Monday of this week, she went in for surgery but I noticed the day before she was already starting to seem ill, she had a black beard constantly that day and slept all day.

The surgery went well and the lump was removed, and we picked her up. When I brought her home, she slept for the rest of the day and night which I was expecting. But the day after she was starting to fade away, she was sick on herself and just went back to sleep. I called the vets and they hospitalised her overnight.

Yesterday morning I got the call and she had passed. I was so devastated as I bonded with her so much in the short 6 weeks I had her.

I got the post mortem report back and I couldn’t believe the amount of internal problems she had, her liver was nearly dead, she has sepsis that was likely caused by the lump spreading and chronic follicular stasis.

I just can’t help but feel like I could have done more? Or was it too late by the time I got her? I’m finding it hard to accept her passing and just have so many questions.

Edit: I thought I’d attach a file of her post mortem report for a bit more context/detail. Just a warning though it’s very sad and unpleasant to read 😞
 

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RangoRocky

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First I’m sorry for your lump. To me it sounds like you jumped right in after taking over her care to do what was only right. Not only that you proceeded with th surgery (which I know wasn’t cheap and no it’s not about the money) after being presented the 2 options. The lack of and improper care should/does fall on the original owner in my opinion. I say thank you for making the last 6weeks good for her.
 

nancy115

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First I’m sorry for your lump. To me it sounds like you jumped right in after taking over her care to do what was only right. Not only that you proceeded with th surgery (which I know wasn’t cheap and no it’s not about the money) after being presented the 2 options. The lack of and improper care should/does fall on the original owner in my opinion. I say thank you for making the last 6weeks good for her.
Thank you for your kind words, losing her was so hard ❤️
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
I agree the dragon was too far gone by the time you got her --- bless your heart for doing all you could for the poor dragon - it is devastating to haft to go thru that knowing not exactly what was wrong totally and trying your best to fix the problem - I know first hand how that feels -- you go thru a bunch of emotions dealing w/ it -- I am so sorry just know you did what you could for her -- and I am sure she knows too
 

nancy115

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I agree the dragon was too far gone by the time you got her --- bless your heart for doing all you could for the poor dragon - it is devastating to haft to go thru that knowing not exactly what was wrong totally and trying your best to fix the problem - I know first hand how that feels -- you go thru a bunch of emotions dealing w/ it -- I am so sorry just know you did what you could for her -- and I am sure she knows too
Thank you, we all miss her so much. The whole family adored her too 💞
 

xp29

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Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
I'm so sorry you had to go through this. You did everything you could and it's not your fault. unfortunately to many people get tgese pets then neglecte them.
Please don't let this turn you off to beardies. My advice is to study up and make sure you understand their care then go out and get s baby from a reputable breeder. Then you can experience how fulfilling they truely can be. They are AMAZING pets.
 

nancy115

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I'm so sorry you had to go through this. You did everything you could and it's not your fault. unfortunately to many people get tgese pets then neglecte them.
Please don't let this turn you off to beardies. My advice is to study up and make sure you understand their care then go out and get s baby from a reputable breeder. Then you can experience how fulfilling they truely can be. They are AMAZING pets.
Yeah, I’d love to raise a baby dragon and give it the life our girl deserved ❤️
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
Yeah, I’d love to raise a baby dragon and give it the life our girl deserved ❤️
If and when you get the baby please let us know so we can help you get the tank set up properly - please do not buy a "kit" they are a waste of money - please disinfect the tank w/ some f 10 found on Amazon or eBay - its a concentrate and will kill everything in the tank-- good to have on hand - mix in a spray bottle-
 

nancy115

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If and when you get the baby please let us know so we can help you get the tank set up properly - please do not buy a "kit" they are a waste of money - please disinfect the tank w/ some f 10 found on Amazon or eBay - its a concentrate and will kill everything in the tank-- good to have on hand - mix in a spray bottle-
Oh absolutely, I know those kits are rubbish. I’m a hamster owner also so I know that a lot of small pets are often given the wrong care. I only want to do the right thing for my pets. Thanks so much and I’ll definitely reach out here for advice ❤️
 

blue11

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I’m so sorry. This is 100% a “what they - the previous people - needed / should have done more” thing - not you, not one bit. I went through this with a beautiful sweet dragon several years ago who had been living in hell for 5 or 6 years. It’s really so sad - however the 6 weeks she had with you was I’m sure the best 6 weeks of her life and she got to experience what care truly is and what her life should be like ❤️.
 

Rocky2022

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Beardie name(s)
Rocky
You're amazing! You made the last days as comfortable as possible and you did all that you can. It's sure to take an emotional toll but know you did the right thing. In no way is this your fault or dwell on anything else that you could've done. You've done more than enough in that very short time. That beardie will be forever grateful!
 

nancy115

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Original Poster
I’m so sorry. This is 100% a “what they - the previous people - needed / should have done more” thing - not you, not one bit. I went through this with a beautiful sweet dragon several years ago who had been living in hell for 5 or 6 years. It’s really so sad - however the 6 weeks she had with you was I’m sure the best 6 weeks of her life and she got to experience what care truly is and what her life should be like ❤️.
Thank you 💞 it’s hard to accept there was nothing I could’ve done as I just want her back so badly
 

nancy115

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You're amazing! You made the last days as comfortable as possible and you did all that you can. It's sure to take an emotional toll but know you did the right thing. In no way is this your fault or dwell on anything else that you could've done. You've done more than enough in that very short time. That beardie will be forever grateful!
Thank you ❤️
 

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