My bearded dragon Sebastian has pooped for 12 days. I am soooooo worried. He is 3 years old and he was given to me 6

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Customer: Hello, my bearded dragon Sebastian has pooped for 12 days. I am soooooo worried. He is 3 years old and he was given to me 6 months ago. I give veggies everyday and a treat every now and then. A treat like fruits and horn worms every now and then. He gets crickets once a week. I usually dust them with calcium. As a matter of fact he gets dusted calcium food every 2 to 3 days. He gets vitamin dusted on crickets once a week. His heated side is between 105 and 115 and his cool side is between 75 and 80. He's in a 40 gallon long tank with a uv light of 10.0 Repti Sun. His substrate is half repti carpet and the other half with country critter (Pellets). I've bathed him once every day, given him a little mineral oil and he hardly eats. He ate nothing today and yesterday. The day before than he ate 1 horn worm. He's moving around well, not dragging his legs or acting sluggish. Please helppppppppppppp!
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Hello,

Is the weather getting cooler where you live?

Do you feed in the same tank where the pellets are?

Have you had a fecal check?

How old is the UVB light?

Let me understand he has not passed stool for 12 days?

Joan

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The uv light was purchased in June and I plan on replacing it in December, because that gives me 6 months just in case it doesn't burn out but the uv rays stop working. I have never had a fecal check and now I don't have any. Yes I do fee him in the same tank where the pellets are but the water dish and food tray are on his carpet side. I also watch him whenever he eats live food because it moves about and I watch him to see if he takes in a pellet. He has a few times but he immediately spits it out. Yes, it is definitely getting colder here in Chicago. I just purchased a heating pad today.

Helloo,

It is not unusual for an older Dragon not to pass stool for a week or two. As they get older they do not pass stool as often. From the sound of the slowing on eating and lack of stool you may have a Dragon stating into the brumation period. During this time a Dragon does not eat or drink and goes into a deep sleep for 12-15 weeks.

 

Do not try to force feed. I usually keep fresh greens in if they wake up and want a munch. I weigh them once a week to be sure there is no weight loss. If there is a weight lose and it is significant, I get them into the Herp Vet for an exam. I usually try and weigh them, have a fecal done and be sure all is ok, before brumation. Once a week I actually give a soak in a 50/50 solution of Plain Pedialyte and warm water. This prevents dehydration during the long sleep. The UVB should be on for 8 hours a day. The amount of time in brumation can vary in time they are down. Sometimes we will see them awaken early on, only to go back under a few days later. By giving the soaks during the brumation it helps to maintain, a proper electrolyte balance. Joan

http://lllreptile.com/info/library/care-and-husbandry-articles/-/reptilian-brumation/

 

I am going to give you a link for a Herp Vet in IL where they can check out Sebastian for parasites and make sure all is well. The vet can do a cloacal swab for parasites if there is no stool. This is a link for Herp Vets in IL: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/illinois.html

Joan

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