How old is your Dragon?
Is the weather getting colder where you live?
Can you tell me about your set up?
Temps and how measured?
UVB Bulb? How old, Type coil or tube?
He is about 4. We have a 4th tank and just put in a new UVB Bulb (tube)
We put powder vitamins on his Locust's and he eats vegs all types (not very much lately).
We use Corn and not sand in the tank. It is getting colder(we are in london) but he is always warm we have a thearmostate and a heat mat at one end which he sleeps on at night (we turn the temp down to 72 at night).
He is still lively and I give him warm baths every night which he loves. I rub his tummy when in bath but still no luck.
There are a couple of reasons for not passing stool. One he is getting ready to go down for the big sleep called brumation.
But it is normal for a Dragon over the age of 1 year not to pass stool every day or even every week. The next reason is there may be an intestinal blockage from the loose substrate. We can try some first aid to get things moving. You can try feeding some Canned Pumpkin which is a natural fiber and see if that gets things moving or since he is eating you can try dipping a super worm in some Mineral oil and feed it. Once you do that get him into a warm bath and and massage the abdomen. Keep him in the soak for 20-30 mins. This should help him pass some stool. I would switch to a solid substrate, like carpet, tile, or even paper. The solid substrate is much safer. I am going to give you my care sheet, for you to read, It has a lot of great information. Joan
http://www.ukbeardeddragons.co.uk/vet%20directory.htm Herp Vets in UK
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
compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm
I have tried the things you suggested already and still no joy.
Will take him to the Vets now.
It is wise to see a Herp Vet. I did include a link to find some in the UK. I suspect this may be brumation and if it is, not passing a stool will be the norm as they are not really eating. If you did not try the mineral oil dipped insect that will usually work. This also may be a blockage from the corn bedding. Please let me know what the Vet findings are. Jona
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