This is tail rot, isn’t it? Please help

remy

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I noticed this a few days ago and I feel like its getting worse. The end of his tail looks odd, skinnier and it feels dry. I will take him to the vet, but is there anything I can do in the meantime? I read you can soak it in betadine and put neosporin on it, is that true?
 

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It looks like shed. With tail rot the tissue is actually dead.
I'll flag @KarrieRee she has good info she post about it.
 

KarrieRee

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I noticed this a few days ago and I feel like its getting worse. The end of his tail looks odd, skinnier and it feels dry. I will take him to the vet, but is there anything I can do in the meantime? I read you can soak it in betadine and put neosporin on it, is that true?
Is there any feeling in the tail - it does look like shed and I am not seeing any nips or pinches in the tail and that is sometimes what causes tail rot some sort of injury - let the tail do its thing I will post some info on tail rot and go from there also I dont see any black which would maybe indicate infection as well
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
 

remy

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Is there any feeling in the tail - it does look like shed and I am not seeing any nips or pinches in the tail and that is sometimes what causes tail rot some sort of injury - let the tail do its thing I will post some info on tail rot and go from there also I dont see any black which would maybe indicate infection as well
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
thank you for the info. his hammock did fall while he was on it not long ago, could be that. unfortunately from those questions it is looking like it possibility could be tail rot. ill try to treat it at home first and if it doesnt go away ill take him to the vet :)
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
thank you for the info. his hammock did fall while he was on it not long ago, could be that. unfortunately from those questions it is looking like it possibility could be tail rot. ill try to treat it at home first and if it doesnt go away ill take him to the vet :)
Lets have AHBD take a look
@AHBD
 

Claudiusx

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Not tail rot.

You are never going to have tail rot without a prior injury to the tail, or without an open wound.

-Brandon
 
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Axil

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It's probably dry because it's about to shed. My Dragon's tail looked like that a lot when he was little.

It freaked me out too because Google will tell you a dark tail tip means tail rot. It doesn't, if you find pictures of actual tail rot there tends to be obvious damage and kinking.
 

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