Underweight Beardie

Asper

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Harry
Look it’s me being worried about baby Harry again 😅

She’s been underweight since I got her in early May. She’s never gotten much size increase in her fat pads no matter how much I feed her. She’s had one of her fat pads increase to being full (before returning sunken again after she refused to eat for a few days post strawberry incident) and has a regular body weight on most of her body and chunky lil arms and legs.

My only hypothesis is that maybe she might be dehydrated ? Her saliva is sticker than usual so I’m going to try and give her a bath tomorrow so she’ll drink some water but if anyone else has any ideas to fatten her up, let me know please.
 

Asper

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Beardie name(s)
Harry
Have you had her tested for parasites?
She doesn’t have any symptoms that you’d see for parasites besides her weight, but if she gets worse / doesn’t improve I’ll make sure to take a stool sample to a reptile vet and get her de - worming as a precaution
 

Commissaar

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She doesn’t have any symptoms that you’d see for parasites besides her weight, but if she gets worse / doesn’t improve I’ll make sure to take a stool sample to a reptile vet and get her de - worming as a precaution
Just a thought as mine had parasites when I first got her and she was similar to yours, quite slight and not good at putting on weight but otherwise didn't have symptoms.

If she seems dehydrated you can test by lightly pinch a skin crease and it should not hold the shape and return back to the body. I have found a spray bottle or dripping works for mine as she won't drink if she can't 'see' movement in the water.
 

Asper

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Harry
Yeah she’s definitely a bit dehydrated, she doesn’t like it when I spray her with water so I’m gonna see if giving her more frequent baths will help and if not then I’ll do the sample. Thank you !!
 

xp29

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Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
To many baths can actually do harm.
I recommend using an eye dropper, drop a little on her snout and see if she will drink it. If not you can add a little none citrus fruit punch to give it flavor. Don't force the water in, and go slow. Let her lap it up at her own pace. Also don't squirt it in her mouth if she is gaping and unprepared, either could cause aspiration.
 

Asper

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Harry
To many baths can actually do harm.
I recommend using an eye dropper, drop a little on her snout and see if she will drink it. If not you can add a little none citrus fruit punch to give it flavor. Don't force the water in, and go slow. Let her lap it up at her own pace. Also don't squirt it in her mouth if she is gaping and unprepared, either could cause aspiration.
Will do, thank you so much !
 

Asper

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Harry
Your very welcome :)
Just an update on Harry !! I fed her some water with a baby spoon (because I feed her baby food with a baby food sometimes so she’s used to it) and she drank some and is already looking brighter and more alert !
 

Asper

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Harry
Just an update on Harry !! I fed her some water with a baby spoon (because I feed her baby food with a baby food sometimes so she’s used to it) and she drank some and is already looking brighter and more alert !
Baby spoon** I cannot spell today
 

xp29

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Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
I'm glad you found something that works, they can be stubborn lil things
 

Asper

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Harry
Just a thought as mine had parasites when I first got her and she was similar to yours, quite slight and not good at putting on weight but otherwise didn't have symptoms.

If she seems dehydrated you can test by lightly pinch a skin crease and it should not hold the shape and return back to the body. I have found a spray bottle or dripping works for mine as she won't drink if she can't 'see' movement in the water.
After being hydrated and a new method of feeding her, she’s gaining weight and doing a lot better 😊 she’s more willing to eat her food if I move it around (especially her veggies)
 

RangoRocky

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Rango Rocky Balboa
To many baths can actually do harm.
I recommend using an eye dropper, drop a little on her snout and see if she will drink it. If not you can add a little none citrus fruit punch to give it flavor. Don't force the water in, and go slow. Let her lap it up at her own pace. Also don't squirt it in her mouth if she is gaping and unprepared, either could cause aspiration.
What brand do you use?
 

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