Sick beardie?

Reptilemomof3

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Rocky
Hello, I bought a bearded dragon from petco. I know they are infamous for selling sick beardies but I had no choice because they don’t have many reptile expos in my area or pet shops. I think he has a respiratory infection or parasites he makes a gagging face and breaths heavy sleeps all the time and he is a little baby. I’m attached and I don’t want to bring him back. My friend says I’m paranoid. I want to bring him to vet but I’m not sure.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
Hello, I bought a bearded dragon from petco. I know they are infamous for selling sick beardies but I had no choice because they don’t have many reptile expos in my area or pet shops. I think he has a respiratory infection or parasites he makes a gagging face and breaths heavy sleeps all the time and he is a little baby. I’m attached and I don’t want to bring him back. My friend says I’m paranoid. I want to bring him to vet but I’m not sure.
Quite possible please post a pic or record a video of him on youtube so we can see what exactly hes doing -- in the meantime I need to have you go over your surface basking temps taken w/ a digital probe thermometer NO stickons they are in accurate - UVB please NO coils ---- these things I am asking are imperative for his health and behavior
 

hdochow

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Sir Henry of Scales
if petco is still the same as when the baby i rescued was purchased, the price should include a visit to the vet if needed. they pay for it and you get the baby back after treatment. i would definitely be looking into if they still do that.
 

Reptilemomof3

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Rocky
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The humidity keeps getting lower and I keep misting but I feel like misting is not helping him
 

Reptilemomof3

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Quite possible please post a pic or record a video of him on youtube so we can see what exactly hes doing -- in the meantime I need to have you go over your surface basking temps taken w/ a digital probe thermometer NO stickons they are in accurate - UVB please NO coils ---- these things I am asking are imperative for his health and behavior
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Reptilemomof3

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Quite possible please post a pic or record a video of him on youtube so we can see what exactly hes doing -- in the meantime I need to have you go over your surface basking temps taken w/ a digital probe thermometer NO stickons they are in accurate - UVB please NO coils ---- these things I am asking are imperative for his health and behavior
what thermometer should I get??
 

Reptilemomof3

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Rocky
if petco is still the same as when the baby i rescued was purchased, the price should include a visit to the vet if needed. they pay for it and you get the baby back after treatment. i would definitely be looking into if they still do that.
They don’t they said they bring him to the vet if I return him
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
They don’t they said they bring him to the vet if I return him
He's basking and looks like he's gaping meaning he's adjusting his body temps-- normal - the humidity needs to be taken w/ a digital probe hygrometer - placed on the back center wall of the tank-- 40-50% is optimal- nothing under 20 or over 70%- RI's are often caused by incorrect uvb - coils are terrible and will cause all kinds of illnesses - you want his surface basking temps 105-110 taken w/ a digital probe thermometer- we need to get your tank up to par - is he eating?
 

Reptilemomof3

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Rocky
He's basking and looks like he's gaping meaning he's adjusting his body temps-- normal - the humidity needs to be taken w/ a digital probe hygrometer - placed on the back center wall of the tank-- 40-50% is optimal- nothing under 20 or over 70%- RI's are often caused by incorrect uvb - coils are terrible and will cause all kinds of illnesses - you want his surface basking temps 105-110 taken w/ a digital probe thermometer- we need to get your tank up to par - is he eating?
He ate a little bit of greens. He ate like five roaches yesterday he hasn’t really eaten today too much only like two roaches.
 

Reptilemomof3

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Rocky
He ate a little bit of greens. He ate like five roaches yesterday he hasn’t really eaten today too much only like two roaches.
I want to put his lamp inside the enclosure, but I’m scared that he’ll get burned because when I put it inside the enclosure, the reptile mat started melting
 

Reptilemomof3

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Rocky
I want to put his lamp inside the enclosure, but I’m scared that he’ll get burned because when I put it inside the enclosure, the reptile mat started melting
Not to be gross, but he just pooped and I feel like it looks like diarrhea. I’m not sure.
 

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KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
Not to be gross, but he just pooped and I feel like it looks like diarrhea. I’m not sure.
Nope that's good poop- basking bulb can be put in the tank but you must get a reading w/ the probe put the probe on the spot where he sits then get your reading - for the mat to be melting it's too hot - and your basking decor piece may be getting too hot as it looks like a slate material - we need that temp first before you do adjustments
 

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