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Can you tell me about the UVB light, is it linear tube or compact coil, strength, brand and distance fro the Dragon?
Type of supplements you are using?
Feeding any Veggies?
Are the stools hard or normal?
Is Junior eating normally?
Coul he have taken a fall?
If you pinch a back foot does he try and pull away?
State to locate a Herp Vet?
What type of greens do you give? Do you feed any spinach or kale?
It is possible that there is some pressure on the spine, but he does have movement which is great. My concerns like your is an impaction or the onset of Metabolic Bone Disease. http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/reptilesgeneral/a/metabolicbd.htm It is possible that the UVB light you are using is in effective. I like to use a linear tube Reptisun 10.0. The coil bulbs have a lot of problems. It is good you are doing soaks. and he is passing stool.
The carrots is an occasional food as is the mixture you are feeding. The carrots can cause eye problems. . He should be getting collards, mustard greens, escarole, curly endives, butternut squash and dandelion greens. Spinach and kale bind calcium so only occasional veggies. Right now he needs 80% live prey until a year of age and then the percentages switch to 80% veggies. The pelleted food is useless. Nutrition Guide color coded: http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
Please when you put him in the soak support hi where he tries to use the back legs to keep them moving. He definitely needs to see a Herp Vet to see what is causing the inability to use the legs.
This is a list of GA Herp Vets: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/georgia.html You may have to travel a bit but in this circumstace I am concerned on several levels. The orange in stool is a sign of dehydration. Loose stool can indicate a blockage or Parasites, so with this information, I feel it is important next step. I would also replace the UVB light with the Reptisun 10.0 linear tube to make sure you have the best output of UVB for the Dragon.
I understand. As I said there are a couple of possibilities. You can try the new UVB bulb, along with exercising the legs in the water. If a Blockage that should help it to pass and also strengthen the legs. If MBD Junior may need a shot of calcium. Make sure if he is eating that he is getting the calcium on the food 5 days a week and 2 days a Vitamin. The UVB should be no more than 12" from Junior. This may resolve itself, but without a hands on exam to know exactly what is happening it is impossible to say. Try and give it a week and if it does not resolve, Then a Herp Vet visit will be needed.
How is your Dragon Doing? I wanted to check and see if you have been into the Vet with the Dragon Please let me know what the Vet said.