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Hello and Welcome to Justanswer,Can you tell me about the set up?
Temps and how measured?
UVB light? Tube or coil? How old is the bulb and strength?
Do you have a basking light?
Could she have eaten an insect outside or a flower treated with insecticide?
How long was she outside and were the temps hot?
First do not trry to syringe fluids to Lucy. This is very dangerous as it can go into help lungs.
The seizure activity you are seeing I suspect is a result of MBD. Metabolic Bone Disease is a result of lack of calcium, the lack of UVB light to metabolize the calcium, or improper diet where the calcium is being bound by improper diet.
The basking area should have 105*-110*F and the cool side of the tank in the 85* range. This is imporatnt 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. I recommend a Reptisun 10.0. The UVB bulb is needed to stop Metabolic Bone Disease. Since the Dragon is in such bad shape, in this case I would reccommed a Mercury Vapor Bulb, which has a higher output of UVB rays and would replace the basking bulb and a UVB tube.
On a side note, the UVB needs to be changed every 6 months.
Normally a UVB should be a tube type.
I would change the Coil light to an MVB bulb asap. The Power sun is an excellent MVB bulb.
TheCoil UVB bulbs can injure the eyes.
Compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm
The UVB bulb or MVB bulb should not have any plastic between it and the Dragon,it should not be no more than 12" from the Dragon. The lights should run daily for 12-14 hours a day.
Normal diet is 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 under a year old and over a year old we reverse the percenatges to higher veggies and less prey. The Kale can bind calcium as can spinach No Lettuce as it is all water and has no nutritional value! It can casue serious dehydration by causing diarrhea. This is a nutritional chart that will help to give the proper ratio of calcium to phosphorus: http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutritionframeset.html it is color coded for easier reading.
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 plain calcium daily 5 days a week and vitamins 2 days a week.
Since the Dragon is showing signs of MBD and we need to start with getting a good UVB/MVB light on the Dragon, and get some plain calcium into Lucy. I suggest having her in for a check up, blood work for a calcium level and the fecal check asap.
I would like you to take a meat flavored baby food and add some calcium and Royal Jelly which can be gotten at the local Healthfood store. Make a slurry of the baby food, calcium powder and Royal Jelly and drop on the snout/ We want to try to get her to eat it. The mixture I am suggesting is high nutrition and will help with recovery Get a UVB/MVB as mentioned asap. It will need to stay on 12-14 hours a day.
For now we need to give the dragon a daily soak in 50/50 warm water and plain Pedialyte to prevent dehydration and add some plain calcium powder to the soak. Please soak at least 30 mins. I can locate a Herp Vet for you with a state.
The Herp Vet will start with a calcium draw and most likely start calcium injections to counteract the MBD. They will also give liquid calcium to be given at home. The Key will be to get the proper bulb to work in conjunction with the MVB bulb.
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.
This is for fruits and Vegetables
This will give you an idea about Sand as a substrate: http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/impaction/?page=3
Walnut shell Graphic: http://mrskingsbioweb.com/beardeddragngrossanatomy.htm
sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html