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Old 06-07-2011, 11:49 AM
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Righto guys another issue, how long can a bearded dragon go without eating any food at all, hes not eating anything at present almost like hes gone off everything, took him to the vet last week and he said hes fine, good build, plenty of fat stores in tail and generally in good health and said hes good to go for as long as he wants without eating..But im not so sure thats true.

He was eating Locusts, Morios, and his greens such as rocket, cress, and spring greens (collards) and now i cant even get him to eat any of the above. Also he is digging alot in his viv, to the point ive removed the slate tiles as his nails are getting very low on the front but again the vet said its ok..

Temps, 86F cool end, 90F hot end ambient and a spot temp of around 108F, UV tube is ok for another 4 months.

So how long is safe for no food at all? bare in mind its his choice for not eating seemingly.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:52 AM
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Sure its sexed correctly? Lots of digging and off food could be a sign its going to lay!
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I hope he is sexed correctly at least, inline with his vent he has raised pores, that go down his rear legs, and just behind the vent infront of his belly id imagine they are his testicles
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Without a pic i wouldnt like to say. How old is it? Young beardies can be difficult to sex and what looks like a female can infact be a late maturing male.
How long has he been off food?
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:09 PM
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Sounds exactly like mine but mine is defo male .Although he did eat a few crickets last night but not eating his usual amount .
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Well its around 2-3 years old, as i rescued him a good 9 months ago now, and the previous owner had no idea on its age but vets and other people i know have guessed that age, and hes been off his Veg for about 2 weeks now and his live food a week and a half, hence the vet trip..Picture of him generally and a pic of his nether region. Not the best in the world as he hates being held in that way to take a picture.

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i know the vets said he looked ok but did he take a faceal sample as reptiles are genius at hiding illness.
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No, i did ask if they wanted me to take one, they said im better off getting it done elsewhere ie. sending it off myself, which i must admit confused the hell out of me...im judging by these replys they dont normally go without food for any decent period of time?
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No, i did ask if they wanted me to take one, they said im better off getting it done elsewhere ie. sending it off myself, which i must admit confused the hell out of me...im judging by these replys they dont normally go without food for any decent period of time?
really? i assume he aint a specialist reptile vet then
anyway mate click this link Veterinary Laboratory, Tests For Companion & Exotic Animals and get yourself a smaple test kit send it back to them and they will email you the results. print of said email and take it to the vets if theres problems and they will give you the medication you need etc etc.

it is the best bet if your that worried it dosnt cost that much but it could save you a hell of a lot of money later down the line
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Thanks, that website is slightly confusing, cant see anything specific to Reptiles, plus on the submission form what the heck do i need to tick, im not familiar with all the terms used on that page.
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