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Anna, Reptile Expert, Biologist
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My bearded dragon is sick looking and not moving after son

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My bearded dragon is sick looking and not moving after young son fed him a frog
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
Hello. I apologize that no one has responded to you sooner. Different experts come online at various times. I just logged on and saw your question. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with a special interest in reptiles. I'm sorry to hear of this incident. Some additional information will be useful.
How long ago did this happen?
Do you know what kind of frog it was?
How big was the frog in comparison to your beardie?
Thank you.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Tree frog I think 1 1/2 days ago. About size his head.I wasnt there
Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for getting back to me. If we're sure it was a frog, and not a toad, it's possible he is impacted from too big of a meal. I'll give you a first aid measure for that possibility. Buy some Pedialyte (yes, the kind for human infants). Prepare a warm bath consisting of half water and half Pedialyte. Soak your dragon for ten minutes, then, with him still in the water, gently massage his underside from front to vent (where droppings pass out) for an additional ten minutes. Sometimes that's enough to get them to pass some droppings. Give this a try, then let me know what happens.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I guess it was a black toad and he is barely moving and looks bad. Anything else I can do for him.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He did pass a little bit of droppings but looks bad.
Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry to hear it was a toad. Many of them are mildly toxic. The only thing you can do on your own is continue the Pedialyte soaks to keep him hydrated, and hope he can recover. A vet could determine if he is impacted and remedy that and/or provide supportive therapy to help him. If you'd like me to help you find a reptile vet. Give me your zip code.
I hope your dragon will be able to recover.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
I'll be back shortly with what I find.
Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Derek Eskew. How is everything going?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He is slowly getting better
Started eating.
Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
That is great news! Either the toad moved through or the toxins wore off.
Please take a moment to rate my service so I may receive credit for my time. Thank you very much.
I would continue the Pedialyte soaks until he is completely recovered, but that is an excellent sign that he's eating.