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Does my bearded dragon have tail rot? His tail was always a little crooked. But today he shed some of his tail and the tip of his tail is now very dark.
He is about 3 months old. We have had him for almost a month and we got him from Petco.
The 1st photo is before today.
The 2nd is the skin he shed today.
The 3rd is his tail today.
My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a Vet Tech for 30+ years awith a special interest in Reptiles and Reptile Rescue.
Was the piece of tail that I see in picture two fleshy?
Is the tail darkened and hard?
Can you tell me about your set up?
UVB light? Forescent tube or compact coil, strength and brand?
Temps in basking area, warm side, and cool side of tank?
Thank-you for the information. The middle picture does look like normal shed. I suspect
the tail may have some dry gangrene from the shed that came off constricting the blood flow to the tail. We can try cleaning the tail with a diluted Betadine and water solution to a tea color and clean the tail with it. Do not soak the Dragon in it. Once you clean the tail, apply some Neosporin on it. Clean with the Betadine and water once a day and the Neosporin 4 times a day. This should aid with healing. I do suggest the calcium 5 days a week and the vitamin 2 days a week. If the tail gets worse or it progresses, then a Herp Vet visit may be needed. I can locate one with a State should you need one. Please let me know if you have further questions. Joan
Take a gauze pad and soak it in the solution and wrap the tail for 5 mins. then dry and apply the Neosoprin to the area. Joan
If it does spread, then a Herp Vet will start an antibiotic and see if it can be saved. They may decide they have to amputate a part of the tail to stop the spreading. This does happen and it is nothing you have done wrong. I can always locate a Herp Vet should you need one with a State. Joan
It can be and the Vet at that point will be needed, so the can give some pain medication and suture it off so it does not spread. Right now the treatment you are doing is the best that can be done. Joan
Not a problem! The Betadine 2 times a day for 7 days. The Neosporin 4 times a day for 7 days and then we can see how the tail is doing. If it gets worse, then the Herp Vet visit will be needed. I am hoping we caught this early on. I am here for all your Pet Needs. I work with all different animals including Dogs, Cats, Reptiles and small exotic mammals. Joan
Things are going well. His dark tip is still not spreading. And seems to be getting a little better.
How is it supposed to look after the 7 days.
As long as the tail is not red and spreading it may be a bit dark, but the Neosporin should help that. If need be you can syill continue with the Neosporin on a regular basis. Joan
If the tail starts to look bad , suggest having him seen on Friday at a Herp Vet. I would like you to clean with the Betadine and then apply the Neosporin. I do not want this spreading further.Joan
For some reason im not able to attach a picture. Betatine tonight? would that hurt it?
Betadine diluted with warm water to clean the area and apply Neosporin. That will not hurt at all. Joan
ugh picture won't work. Ok ill do that
You can use Photobucket.com and post a link here when it is uploaded. It is a free photo server. Joan
this was 2 days ago and it was looking better
this is the piece that just fell off
this is tail now
After seeing the picture of the tail before it fell off, it was necrotic tissue and was to the point of tail rot. It looks clean now, but Swimmer should be on an antibiotic and have a suture or two in the tail to prevent further problems. The Betadine and Neosporin will help until he can be seen, but an antibiotic should help prevent further necrosis. Joan