I have a baby bearded dragon (approx 3 months) that has become very lethargic starting last night at 5 pm. Ravenous. She

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Customer: Hello! I have a baby bearded dragon (approx 3 months) that has become very lethargic starting last night at 5 pm.
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. How has the Bearded Dragon's appetite been? Any changes in stool?
Customer: Ravenous. She ate 5 dubia roaches at dinner time along with some collard greens. She had a large stool yesterday morning.
JA: Could she have eaten something unusual?
Customer: She may have nipped at a boxwood plant. My son said she “ate” a leaf but no one else witnessed jt.
Answered by Dr. Caryn – Vet in 7 mins 1 year ago
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Hello and thanks for posting your question on JustAnswer.com. I putting together some questions that will help me learn more about what’s going on with your pet.

Boxwood is indeed toxic to reptiles though I don't know if a leaf is enough, though she is a young dragon. She has been lethargic since before or after her large meal yesterday at dinner time? Is there anything else she could have gotten into or could she have injured/fallen?

She was lethargic right after dinner. And nothing else, she just was sleeping (we thought) so we let her be.

If she is lethargic from the boxwood ingestion, treatment is fluids (preferably IV but for a small dragon a veterinarian can give them under the skin or into the abdomen) and oral activated charcoal at a dosage of 2 mg/kg given four or more times per day. The injectable fluids are not something you can do at home. I would start by giving her a soak in some warm water in case she's dehydrated and would consider having her seen by a local veterinarian with experience in reptile medicine.

The soaking would be helpful in case it's indigestion and not intoxication.... Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Thank you I really appreciate all of your advice!

All my best to you and your dragon. Please contact me if you have any other questions and thank you for using JustAnswer.com

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