lizzythedragon

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Hello everyone, last Friday I noticed that my beardie’s foot is swollen. It seems like there’s a black spot of where it started swelling from, and in the last few days it became worst.

Here’s a picture from Friday:

Here’s a picture from today (Tuesday):
https://i.imgur.com/94OgtuZ.jpg

he behaves almost normal but he’s definitely stressed out, in pain, and jumpy

This is him two weeks ago with a normal foot:
https://i.imgur.com/bYfMRBf.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/Kc2aiUw.jpg

That’s his tank & setup:
https://i.imgur.com/nxJHGVg.jpg

REPTI ZOO 67Gallonl 48" x 18" x 1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KP2D42W/

I give him this Calcium with Vitamin D3 daily (once a day): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BS96G1E/

Heat Bulb: 1 of 100 w and 1 of 75 w it brings his basking spot to:
Laser thermostat: 102-112 F
on wall thermostat: 89 F
on wall humidity measure: 36%

Cooler side of tank:
Laser Thermostat: 72-78 F
On wall thermostat: 76 F
On wall humidity: 47%

He has a ReptiZoo T5 UVB light, I remember doing lots of research and measuring the tank and his basking spot to the lamp, I also measure the radiation a few times a week and make sure to switch bulbs on time.

UV radiation from basking spot: 0.13 - 0.15
https://i.imgur.com/7IvMWLS.jpg
UV radiation from floor basking area: 0.08
https://i.imgur.com/tOvHEzz.jpg
UV radiation from cool area / floor : 0.07
https://i.imgur.com/5hR198D.jpg

Diet:
Most of his diet consists of daily mealworms (20-30 depends on size - usually what he can eat in 15 mins)
And I order Goliath worms and feed them to him once they arrive / until they become too large so for a few days a month he eats those too.

He gets collard greens daily, occasionally I add romaine lettuce, bell pepper, carrots, apples, blueberry, but he never eats anything besides the collard greens. So most of the time he gets just collard greens.


I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong or what cause my beardie to get a swollen foot but today I can tell that he’s in a lot of pain, he still runs around and active but he doesn’t touch the ground with that swollen foot as it hurts him so much. I tried soaking his foot in water, and I tried spraying it with water occasionally which doesn’t seem to help.

It’s 6 AM right now I’m going to take him today to the vet but I’d like to hear people’s advise about what it may be and how I can help him. I read online that it could be skin that didn’t shed or gout, he also likes to jump a lot until I let him out of the tank his favorite thing to do is run around the house, so he could’ve hurt himself one of those times that I’m not home and he jumps like crazy and hits the glass. There’s a black spot right where the foot started to become swollen so I’m thinking it could be an infection as well. Please suggest what I can do in the meantime to make him feel better.
 
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KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 2
Hello everyone, last Friday I noticed that my beardie’s foot is swollen. It seems like there’s a black spot of where it started swelling from, and in the last few days it became worst.

Here’s a picture from Friday:

Here’s a picture from today (Tuesday):
https://i.imgur.com/94OgtuZ.jpg

he behaves almost normal but he’s definitely stressed out, in pain, and jumpy

This is him two weeks ago with a normal foot:
https://i.imgur.com/bYfMRBf.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/Kc2aiUw.jpg

That’s his tank & setup:
https://i.imgur.com/nxJHGVg.jpg

REPTI ZOO 67Gallonl 48" x 18" x 1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KP2D42W/

I give him this Calcium with Vitamin D3 daily (once a day): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BS96G1E/

Heat Bulb: 1 of 100 w and 1 of 75 w it brings his basking spot to:
Laser thermostat: 102-112 F
on wall thermostat: 89 F
on wall humidity measure: 36%

Cooler side of tank:
Laser Thermostat: 72-78 F
On wall thermostat: 76 F
On wall humidity: 47%

He has a ReptiZoo T5 UVB light, I remember doing lots of research and measuring the tank and his basking spot to the lamp, I also measure the radiation a few times a week and make sure to switch bulbs on time.

UV radiation from basking spot: 0.13 - 0.15
https://i.imgur.com/7IvMWLS.jpg
UV radiation from floor basking area: 0.08
https://i.imgur.com/tOvHEzz.jpg
UV radiation from cool area / floor : 0.07
https://i.imgur.com/5hR198D.jpg

Diet:
Most of his diet consists of daily mealworms (20-30 depends on size - usually what he can eat in 15 mins)
And I order Goliath worms and feed them to him once they arrive / until they become too large so for a few days a month he eats those too.

He gets collard greens daily, occasionally I add romaine lettuce, bell pepper, carrots, apples, blueberry, but he never eats anything besides the collard greens. So most of the time he gets just collard greens.


I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong or what cause my beardie to get a swollen foot but today I can tell that he’s in a lot of pain, he still runs around and active but he doesn’t touch the ground with that swollen foot as it hurts him so much. I tried soaking his foot in water, and I tried spraying it with water occasionally which doesn’t seem to help.

It’s 6 AM right now I’m going to take him today to the vet but I’d like to hear people’s advise about what it may be and how I can help him. I read online that it could be skin that didn’t shed or gout, he also likes to jump a lot until I let him out of the tank his favorite thing to do is run around the house, so he could’ve hurt himself one of those times that I’m not home and he jumps like crazy and hits the glass. There’s a black spot right where the foot started to become swollen so I’m thinking it could be an infection as well. Please suggest what I can do in the meantime to make him feel better.
The spot I thought might of been a bite mark but your not feeding crickets so I am thinking thats not it - I see the hammock in the tank I am wondering if he got his nail caught in the net causing the swelling -- we see this often -- I would change the hammock out for a fleece or a cloth one www.esty.com or www.pamperedbeardies.com--- meal worms are a treat worm and should be fed only as treats -
I would start by getting him a staple feeder like dubia roaches BSFL silk worms or crickets but they are a dirty feeder so I recommend one of the others posted -- www.dubiaroaches.com - -- please get a digital probe thermometer - its going to give you a more accurate temp--IR guns are good just not as accurate as the digital probe-- as far as your UVB fixture is good but I would recommend a better bulb -- a Reptisun 10.0 T 5 or a Arcadia 12% bulb -- I am going to have someone else take a look at the foot and see what they think
@AHBD
 

lizzythedragon

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The spot I thought might of been a bite mark but your not feeding crickets so I am thinking thats not it - I see the hammock in the tank I am wondering if he got his nail caught in the net causing the swelling -- we see this often -- I would change the hammock out for a fleece or a cloth one www.esty.com or www.pamperedbeardies.com--- meal worms are a treat worm and should be fed only as treats -
I would start by getting him a staple feeder like dubia roaches BSFL silk worms or crickets but they are a dirty feeder so I recommend one of the others posted -- www.dubiaroaches.com - -- please get a digital probe thermometer - its going to give you a more accurate temp--IR guns are good just not as accurate as the digital probe-- as far as your UVB fixture is good but I would recommend a better bulb -- a Reptisun 10.0 T 5 or a Arcadia 12% bulb -- I am going to have someone else take a look at the foot and see what they think
@AHBD

Thank you for all the help, if anyone else has advise / an idea of what’s going on with the beardie’s foot please let me know.
 

AHBD

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Aw, poor guy. I would have suspected gout or an injury from a high leap but the small mark on his foot might indicate some type of insect bite, even a spider. A qualified vet can possibly give you the correct answer [ hopefully ] I hope you get a definite answer ASAP and your little guy can get back to normal !
 

Drache613

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Hello,

I was thinking the same thing, a spider bite possibly? Since it seems to hurt him it would probably
be a good idea to get him in to see a vet if you can to be sure it isn't a spider bite. It doesn't appear
to be an injury.
Is he eating normally right now?

Tracie
 

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