Can you give a bearded dragon a calcium bath?

Sometimes it’s recommended you give your bearded dragon a ‘calcium bath’. Adding a few drops of liquid calcium to a water source is fine, but the dragon will only hydrate or benefit if the water is drank orally. Bearded dragons do not hydrate via the skin or cloaca (vent area).

How is a bearded dragon supposed to breathe?

Bearded dragons do not have diaphragms separating their chests from their abdomens; they use muscles located between their ribs (intercostal muscles) to expand and contact their chests for breathing.

Why does my bearded dragon have a respiratory infection?

Respiratory infection in bearded dragons are caused by an infection in the lungs and it is quite a common illness with beardie’s. They can develop a RI for many reasons like incorrect temperatures, stress, a weakened immune system or virus. However, the most common cause is usually humidity that is too high or temperatures that is too low.

How are bearded dragons treated in the hospital?

As these infections are often bacterial, affected dragons are typically treated with oral or injectable antibiotics. If infection is severe, the animal may have to be hospitalized for more aggressive therapy and supportive treatment.

What are the symptoms of a bearded dragon?

However, they do get sick, and you need to be on the lookout for some common signs of illness that may include anorexia, diarrhea, vomiting, sunken eyes, sleeping more, being lethargic, hiding more, jerky movements, and among others.

What causes a bearded dragon to have dystocia?

Dystocia is a fairly common problem in reptiles and can be life threatening. It may be caused by a variety of factors, including poor husbandry such as improper environmental lighting and temperature, an unsuitable nest site, improper diet (malnutrition), and inadequate humidity.

Do bearded dragons carry any harmful disease?

Yes, bearded dragons can carry diseases. They have been known to carry salmonella which can also be contracted from other reptiles. Salmonella is spread through their feces.

What are the symptoms of a sick bearded dragon?

Symptoms of a sick Bearded dragon. Partial or complete anorexia (lack of appetite) Weight loss & poor body condition. Diarrhoea (abnormal or runny faeces and / or cloacal soiling) Lumps, bumps, sores & abrasions on the skin. Dehydration (wrinkled skin & sunken eyes) Paralysis or lameness of the limbs or tail.

Does my bearded dragon have parasites?

Bearded dragons have a number of parasites and commensals, one of the most common is pinworms or Oxyurids. These nematodes are debatable parasites, since they cause no real pathology unless they super infect a captive animal that is over exposed to the eggs.

Can bearded dragons get parasites?

Parasites, especially pinworms, are common in pet Bearded Dragons. The pet may show no clinical signs and the parasites will be detected on an annual fecal examination. In some cases, parasites may cause diarrhea or weight loss.