I have a bearded dragon and she is not in good shape. The way I was told to take care of her was completely wrong. I have had her for over a year. She stopped eating a few weeks ago. Today I went to the pet store and got her some vitamins and crickets. I hand fed her the crickets this morning and she perked up for a little while. This afternoon I hand fed her the rest of the crickets and gave her some vitamins with some water I used a medicine dropper to get the vitamins in her and she took them. She again is in bad shape and I don't want her to die. I need to know what to do to keep her alive. She is not loooking good again and I'm afraid. Please help me. What do I do?
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: 2
Name of Animal: Lizzie (bearded Dragon)
I hand fed her crickets. Twice today. I moved her to my patio where she would be warmer. I also put some calcium and vitamins in an small dropper and added a couple drops of water and I put it in her mouth and dropped it in. Please help me. I don't want her to die.
Hello,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?
She is in a 30 gallon tank. she has been fed a diet of green peppers since we have had her. I was told she is a vegetarian. which I found out today is completely wrong. Her diet has been green peppers for the past year. she stopped eating about 3 weeks ago. she has sand at the bottom of her tank. I have never checked her temperature in her cage. I was not told that I had to do that until today. Please help me.
The first thing I would like you do to is replace the sand with some paper towels. The sand is dangerous and can cause intestinal impaction, skin problems and corneal ulcers. This will give you an idea about Sand as a substrate: http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/impaction/?page=3,
The Temps in the basking area need to be 100*F-110*F. A Dragon that is too cold cannot digest its food. temperature is a big factor in making her feel better.
You need to have 2 lights, a day time basking bulb as well as a UVB.
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/phototherapyphosphorinfo.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. UVB cannot penetrate glass so sitting by the window, does not supply UVB rays which are needed to metabolize calcium.
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.
She needs 80% veggies daily and 20% live prey over one year of age.
The live prey should include crickets, silk worms, roaches, goliath worms and phoenix worms.The canned prey looses the nutritional value and is high in chitin which is the outer shells and can cause a blockage.
We are going to do is make a solution of 50/50 warm water and Plain Pedialyte and support Lizzie in the soak at least 20 mins a day. Dragons absorb fluids through the vent area and we need to make sure that she stays hydrated.
For first aid and nutrition we are going to make a slurry of some vegetable baby food like green beans, stage 1 chicken or beef, some calcium powder and some Royal Jelly (a supplement sold in health food stores in capsule form). We will mix this slurry and feed with a syringe. You can give small increments several times a day. This should help Lizzie feel better and easily swallowed. You can also feed live prey of Crickets, Silk worms, or dubia roaches all dusted with calcium 5 days a week and 2 days a week with a vitamin.
If you want to have her seen by a Herp Vet, I can locate one for you with a State.
I am giving you my care sheet to hlep with any issues that may arise.
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
Nutrition chart: http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutritionframeset.html
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
I have been doing Reptile Rescues for 15+ Years
Thank you so much. I will get started right away. You are awesome.
I have a special love for Dragons! Please keep me updated on Lizzie! Joan
Thank you so much. I will let you know what happens.
Dear Joan, Thank you so much for your help. I got everything today that you said to get and then some. When I came home she didnt look good. I put her in the 50/50 solution. I noticed she was not moving. I tried to feed her the baby food with the royal jelly supplement. It was to late. I even tried mouth to mouth and compressions on her. I lost her anyway. I am very sad and crying. :( Thank you again for your help.
I am so sorry! I lost two of my older girls at 14 and 15 years old and it never gets easier. Please do not give up. There are other Dragons that need you! I do not say to replace Lizzie, but to honor her memory with helping rescue another Dragon from a Pet Shop and the poor information they give.
Please visit www.Rainbowbridge.com It is a place I go to help with the loss. Please let me know if you get another Dragon and if I can be of any help.