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He has a respiratory...

He has a respiratory infection

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?

Bearded dragon- he is being treated by the vet- he had his first dose of medication yesterday- but he still has labored breathing and isn't eating I read that they can't cough so I should give him a warm soak to losen mucus- but that worries me b/c of water and humidity

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dragon?

He hasn't coughed-his breathing is labored- and his beard is black which tells me he is in distress I was curious if I should force feed him- and how-, or just keep giving him liquid vitamins

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Reptile
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Reptile Expert: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago
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Reptile Expert: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

1) What is the ambient temp, cool spot and hot spot temps in the habitat?

2) What substrate is being used?

3) When did he last eat?

4) What bulbs are being used for the habitat?

5) How long have you had him?

6) What does his diet consist of?

7) What vitamin supplementation are you using, if any, and how often is it provided?
8) What medication is being given and how often?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
His temp is 120-125 on hot side 89 on shade side
He has carpet
Power sun and UV light
Sunday he last ate
He is 4 years old
Vitamin A and C- not often
Calcium gut loaded crickets
Meal worms and roaches
Collard greens
They gave him ceftazidime
-- I want to give him his best chances of surviving- he has 2 more shots to go- I'm not sure how long it takes for the antibiotics to really start working- we noticed his breathing Sunday got him in Tuesday. What things can we do at home to help him if he won't eat
Reptile Expert: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Is the hot spot at the level he's resting?

Can you clarify what lighting you're using? UVA? UVB bulbs?

What are you using for the gut loaded crickets?

Have you had him his entire 4 years?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
He rests up high or low- his branch goes from floor to top of the tank- he has the option to climb to reach the hottest temp- or low if he's too hot-
We gur load with fluckers and sometimes we dust the crickets. His main diet is collard greens.
We have the power sun bulb at 100watts by zoomed which is heat and UVB and a coiled reptisun bulb that is no heat but UVB light- he also has a coiled lamp kept to the side to heat the tank at night- we run AC so we want the tank to remain warm at night.
We bought him as a baby he is 4 years old.
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
The vet says he has a respiratory infection- he got his shot yesterday- but are there other ways to help him- I saw soaking in warm bath to loosen mucus but I wasn't sure if that was right.
Should i force feed him and if yes how?
I'm not sure how long it takes for meds to start working
Reptile Expert: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

I apologize for the delay. The website did not notify me that you had responded until just now.

We typically recommend no higher than about 110 on the hot side at the level the animal can reach. We can increase that slightly (1150) during cases of suspect upper respiratory. I am concerned that 125 may be too warm for him on that side of the habitat.

Humidity can definitely help loosen mucous, so soaks up to 2x daily in tepid water for 15-20 minutes would be recommended. Medication for reptiles can take as long as a few weeks to work, but we typically see benefits within 3-5 days.

As far as feeding, I would urge you to begin hand feeding pureed baby foods in chicken, turkey, squash and similar flavors as often as he'll take them. Room temp is typically the most efficient temp for feeding and you'll do so by placing small amounts on the tip of his snout.

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Reptile Expert: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Customer
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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
He is still struggling- we have taken him to a specialist in Virginia and are waiting to see the vet
Reptile Expert: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Keep me posted on your progress. I hope all goes well.

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Reptile Expert: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Checking in. How is your companion doing?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Squixen passed away Saturday- he did not have an upper respiratory infection- he had a fungal infection- the vet he was seeing misdiagnosed him- when we went to the specialist in another state- we decided to let him go
Reptile Expert: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

I'm so sorry to hear this.

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