My question is about a bearded dragon who may be impacted. He hasn't eaten for a couple of weeks which is not unusual

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Customer: My question is about a bearded dragon who may be impacted
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the Bearded Dragon's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: He hasn't eaten for a couple of weeks which is not unusual for him specifically... however, he is lethargic and is constantly dark brown on his neck which i know demonstrates distress
JA: A lack of appetite can seem worrying. The Expert will know how to help. Does the Bearded Dragon seem to be in any pain?
Customer: Other than the dark beard there are no other signs, he is 10 years old and I think we may need to get him a xray
JA: What's the Bearded Dragon's name?
Customer: Iggy
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: I think that's about it... i have tried warm baths but he still hasn't pooped, having said that, he's not eating either
Answered by DrRoyC in 12 mins 2 years ago
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Hello, DrRoy79 responding to your message and concerns about Iggy. Know it's distressing when our reptile pets are sick. I've thirty years experience as a veterinarian and owning and treating reptiles. Impaction is common in Beardies. Please take off sand substrate and put on reptile carpet. To hydrate, please soak in equal parts of filtered water and clear Pedialyte, a children's electrolyte replacement solution from pharmacy, warm and shallow for 5-10 minutes 3 times day. Thank You for using Just Answer. I'll await your response so we can discuss further.
https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/bearded-dragons-diseases
https://www.whitehousevethospital.com/storage/app/media/exotic_care_sheets/bearded-dragon-care-sheet-1.pdf
Customer
Thank you! We've done all of this over the past 2 weeks without any change. What would our next step be? An xray?
Survival rate is greatly improved by seeing a reptile veterinarian. Use ARAV.ORG and go online to find reptile veterinarian in area and make appointment ASAP.
Customer
One last question. Have you any idea of average xray costs? Thanks
No, it varies from area. At appointment, after exam an estimate will be done
Customer
Thanks!
Welcome. Our thread remains open for five days follow up questions and concerns are welcome. DrRoy79
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