My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 35+ years and have worked with Reptiles for over 40 years.
Is the Dragon an adult?
Size of Tank?
UVB light strength, age and brand?
Temps in basking area, ambient temp and cool side?
Any bubbles from nose or mouth?
I sthe UVB a 5.0 or 10.0 and how old?
When you say stone substrate do you me tiles or actual rock?
I have a lot to go over with you when I get these answers.
THe UVB is too old and weak. You need to change it to a Reptisun 10.0. They are only good for 6 minths. Remove the rocks and use tile, cage carpet or paper. They are the only accepatble substrates.
The diet should be 80% veggies and 20% live prey. You will have to work with the veggoes. They can include collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion green and flowers, escarole and curly endives. The Pey shoul Not include super worms or meal worms. They are too high in chitin, Fat and can cause liver disease. The accpetable prey are crickets, silk worms, Phoenix worms, horn worms and dubai roaches fed at 20%. This is a veggie nutrition sheet. Please follow the green vegges: http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
The Temps in basking area should be 105-110, the ambient temp mid 90's and cool side at mid 80's. This is important to be sure the dragon is digesting its food.You need to give calcium 5 days a week and 2 days a Vitamin.
The coughing could be a result of the cedar bedding. It is toxic. It gives off toxic fumes when warmed. THe basking light would be a good reason for this to happen.
In a case like this with a Cough the Dragon needs to see a Herp Vet to determine if the fumes has caused some lung damage or if there is a respiratory infection.
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