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Hi,
I've got a bearded dragon who is approximately a year old; he only has three legs and is normally a hyper active animal - had him for 6months.

This morning I woke up to find him walking around drunk and struggling to get about, he is rolling occasionally, dragging his limbs, very swollen and his eyes seem a bit glazed over and not correctly working but then every so often his eyes will brighten up. He is very black in his beard and neck also. He does seem to be shedding so I don't know if that makes a difference but normally when shedding he is fine.

Yesterday he had 3 hoppers in the morning and some asparagus before bed, he has never had asparagus before so don't know if this may affect it?

I do dust the crickets occasionally but not consistently.
I have read in a few pages he may have vitamin A, B and calcium deficiency - how would I help this?

Lights went out around 10pm which is normal, but he carried on running round and playing in the water bath which is unusual for him but he was okay looking so I left him to it.

I'm really worried but we don't have any reptile vets near me!

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A vet is what you need to do - where are you? If you can't find a reptile vet then contact a regular vet
 

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A vet ASAP,

Sounds like a chronic vitamin B shortage, urgent care is needed
 
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Thank you guys!
I took him to a vet but unfortunately the specialist which is about an hour away was fully booked. Normal vet who owns reptiles herself suggested dehydration and impaction so gave fluids and regular warm baths. He also has worms so has been treated for that too!
Hopefully he will pick up soon! :D
 

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none of these will cause twirling and other neurological symptoms.

impaction will usually see them laying around looking very sorry for themselves and straining to use the toilet.

dehydration is actually very similar.

I'm not saying that it does not have these, but it is unlikely to be the cause of head twirling

But....impaction is a sign that your system needs to be adjusted. look at heat, light, UV and hydration. if you use a natural substraight and you have the correct heat and light, by this I mean to the wild levels and a good method of water supply, so spraying down daily the chances of impaction are almost nil

you need to find our more I feel. It should at least have bloods and x-ray done

john


Thank you guys!
I took him to a vet but unfortunately the specialist which is about an hour away was fully booked. Normal vet who owns reptiles herself suggested dehydration and impaction so gave fluids and regular warm baths. He also has worms so has been treated for that too!
Hopefully he will pick up soon! :D
 
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none of these will cause twirling and other neurological symptoms.

impaction will usually see them laying around looking very sorry for themselves and straining to use the toilet.

dehydration is actually very similar.

I'm not saying that it does not have these, but it is unlikely to be the cause of head twirling

But....impaction is a sign that your system needs to be adjusted. look at heat, light, UV and hydration. if you use a natural substraight and you have the correct heat and light, by this I mean to the wild levels and a good method of water supply, so spraying down daily the chances of impaction are almost nil

you need to find our more I feel. It should at least have bloods and x-ray done

john
I am considering taking him to the vet again.

He is now wondering round and running a little more, he is eating rocket but refusing live food. I've given him a little watered down lucozade to try and pick him up but to little effect as of yet.

His temperatures are what I was told to be normal about 39C hot end and 29C cold (these are off the top of my head and checked last night - not at home at the moment) I have been spraying him about 3/4 times a day.

Like I say he is a little more active but keeps falling on his back, he is a three legged dragon but balance was never an issue before cause he would support himself with the other three but he keeps toppling over and then panicking til he either gets turned over or is able to turn himself :/
 

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Please get fecal's done at the vet, I have seen these symptoms in other lizards. Could be vitamin problem, like John say's, but it could be parasite (not worms) from what I have seen.

Vets is your only cure, do all the tests you can. If he's eating, that's good, but swelling and being "Drunk" are bad.
 

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Please get fecal's done at the vet, I have seen these symptoms in other lizards. Could be vitamin problem, like John say's, but it could be parasite (not worms) from what I have seen.

Vets is your only cure, do all the tests you can. If he's eating, that's good, but swelling and being "Drunk" are bad.
He is no longer swollen nor drunk as a bath got rid of that.

The concerns now are little eye response to movement and little movement himself as well as they tumbling onto his back :(

Gonna ring the specialist tomorrow, see if they can get him in.

What foods are high in nutrients? I dust all his veg with nutrobal so hopefully that will pick his vitamins back up. He is eating veg but not live food so I'm gonna get some different ones.
 
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