Can you tell me about the set up?
Heat source and temp?
UVB light? How old? Type coil or tube?
Do you have a UVB tube? This is very important to know this.
Do you feed any supplements?
You have some husbandry issues which can be causing the Dragon the problems you are seeing. The first is the sand can cause some major issues with a Dragon which is an Impaction putting pressure on the spine causing paralysis.
This will give you an idea about Sand as a substrate: http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/impaction/?page=3 sand. I suggest using a solid substrate like tile, cage carpet, slate or paper. Sand can also cause skin problems and cormeal ulcers in the eyes.
The basking area should have 100*-110*F and the cool side of the tank in the 85* range. This is important for digestion and passing of stool. If the temps are not correct, this can also cause a problem.
You need to have a day time basking bulb as well as a UVB. Without the UVB light and calcium supplement daily, it leaves the Dragon open for Metabolic Bone Disease which can also cause paralysis. I recommend a reptisun 10.0 and UVB lights do not put out heat. The UVB bulb is needed to stop Metabolic Bone Disease. The UVB needs to be changed every 6 months.
The UVB should be a tube type.
Coil UVB bulbs can injure the eyes.
Compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm
The UVB bulb should not have any plastic between it and the Dragon, it needs to run the length of the tank and be no more than 12" from the Dragon. Both lights should run daily for 12-14 hours a day.
You should be feeding Collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, escarole and curly endives. Butternut squash and various berries are great for a treat. The Veggies should be put in fresh daily, and done about an hour after lights on. They need 20% veggies daily and 80% live prey. The live prey should include crickets, silk worms, roaches, goliath worms and phoenix worms. Super worms and wax worms are like giving the Dragon candy. All veggies and prey should be dusted with calcium daily 5 days a week and vitamins 2 days a week.
The Dragon is showing signs of either Matbolic Bone Disease or an Impaction that is putting pressure on the spine. This needs to be checked at the Herp Vet.
For now we need to give him a soak in 50/50 warm water and Doiralyte to try and get him to pass stool and relieve any pressure on the spine. Gently Massage the abdomen while in the soak. Please soak at least 30 mins. This also helps to keep the muscles from atrophying. With a State I can find you a link for Herp Vets. These Vets specialize in Reptiles and will be able to properly identify if this is MBD or an Impaction.
I am also giving you my care sheet to help with the husbandry. Joan
Bearded Dragon Care Sheet
1. 0-3 months- baby 2. 3-12 months-juvenile 3. 12-18 months- sub adult 4. 18 months + -adult
1. A UVB light source-best is 10.0 Reptisun that runs the length of your tank. Your dragon must have this light to metabolize calcium. If not he will get metabolic bone disease, a serious condition. You can also take your beardie outside to bask in the sun for 15 minutes each day if your temps are 80 degrees or above outside. You can purchase cages or reptariums from your pet store. Never leave a beardie outside unattended. 2. A basking type light that puts out heat and warmth above basking spot. Your beardie must have warmth to digest food & thrive.
Babies: Warm basking log: 105-125 degrees F Cool side: 85-90 Adults: Warm basking spot: 110-115 Cool side: 80-85 Measure temperatures with a digital probe type thermometer or a temp gun-these are most accurate. Stick on thermometers unreliable.
*Beardies over the age of one year old during the winter months will go into a Brumation like most Reptiles and Herps. It is a form of Hibernation that is governed by the weather and time of year. The lights should be on a shorter period at this time. Fresh greens should be available during this period. Do not feed live prey during Brumation.
Water: Mist your little one with the spray bottle 3-4 times a day. You can also offer a small dish of water in your enclosure but be sure your dragon is not too small to drown in it. It is recommended that when your beardie is 2 months old you can bathe your baby in a small plastic container with warm water- not hot. It will help them to stay hydrated. As they get older you can move up to the bathroom sink and then to the bathtub. Very important for bath enclosure to be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed prior to bath time. Clean between dragons too if bathing more than one.
If you have any further questions feel free to ask. I like to start people off with proper husbandry and then see if I can further assist. http://www.repticzone.com/articles/fruitsandvegetablesrated.html This is for fruits and Vegetables
Walnut shell Graphic: http://mrskingsbioweb.com/beardeddragngrossanatomy.htm
sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html
You gave me a Neutral, because you did not understand what I told you needs to be done to help the Dragon. I will break it down here:
I explained that you need to do a soak and massage the abdomen. That will help if it is an impaction to move the stool and the sand through the system. This also prevents the muscles from atrophying
You also need to get a UVB bulb on the tank asap and start a calcium supplement. If this is MBD Metabolic Bone Disease it needs to be treated with UVB and calcium. MBD softens the bones, causes paralysis, and affects the organs. http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/reptilesgeneral/a/metabolicbd.htm The Vet may have to start calcium injections if this is MBD. If you need a Herp Vet please supply a State.
These are the treatments to help depending on what the problem is. You have two possible issues and if an impaction causing the paralysis, you need to move it out of the gut. If MBD you need a UVB bulb and a calcium supplement as well as the Vet visit for both. Joan