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Hi all newbie saying hello. question, bearded dragon ( sons crimbo present) he is about 5 months old, recently he has been gasping for air, we thought maybe too hot but took him to vets and the poor sod has got worms in his respiratory area. he has been given anti biotics and some thing to rid the worms. any one else had this? vet said it could take at least 2 weeks before we see an improvement. he is eating well but seems uncomfortable. any advice would be appreciated. many thanks bob.
 

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Respiratory Infections - The Bearded Dragon is very resistant to respiratory infections. BUT... prolonged exposure to low temperatures, improper humidity and poor cage conditions could result in respiratory complications. Treatment for this problem is usually antibiotics and to raise the ambient temperature of your cage a bit. (The best thing is to avoid low cage temperatures and eliminate the problem before it arises.) The most obvious symptoms are gaping, forced exhalation of air, puffing of the throat, a puffed up appearance of the body and lack of appetite. In some cases, the mucus may accumulate in the mouth and/or emerge from the nostrils. If these symptoms are present and persistent the illness is usually well progressed - a veterinarian visit is in order immediately for treatment.

Internal Parasites - Symptoms of internal parasites include weight loss, worms in the stools, runny stools, gaping and listlessness. If you observe a combination of these symptoms you should take your bearded dragon to a veterinarian to have a stool sample examined to determine if there are any parasites present and if so, what kind they are. Follow their recommendation for treatment.

just keep him as comfortable as u can and see how he goes.what are your temps?what is he eating?do u give him suppliments?has he got a uv?
now hes got the medication its just a case of waiting and making him feel as comfortable as possible.
 

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Good luck! I'm sure he'll be just fine with a bit of TLC. You did the right thing taking him to the vets, so many people put it off because its 'too expensive' or whatever and its always the animals that suffer. One of the problems with exotics is they often dont show their symptoms, or at least obvious ones, until their quite far progressed with it. I know i'm always on the look out for the slightest bit of redness in my tree frogs! paranoia is healthy!

Fingers Crossed!
 

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weeminx has got it spot on.......just try and keep the temps up and humidity down. what have you got him on as far as substrate goes?? try not to over handle him, and just keep him comfortable. you are doing the right thing taking him to the vets :2thumb: .
 

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Thanks for all advice. fortunatley we are not far from a reptile specailist, who has tested stool sample, which showed up more than just a few invaders! vet said it is something that he would have been passed on from mum.? and not a recent thing. As he was heavy breathing from the chest area rather than the stomach antibiotics were given to kill off any infection. every day for a week. also panacur once a week for 4 weeks. 1 week after treatment stool sample will be checked again. He is feeding on small brown crickets, med locusts approx 8 a day. along with mixed veggies.and a treat of waxworms every other. all supplemented with Nutrobal. He lives in a 3ft viv, on cali sand, uv, basking light and heat mat. temp by day 97, night drops to around 75. as for handling.. you got to catch him first!!

Crickets. can anyone tell me what those little fury worm like things are that come in the same tub !? some say he can eat them and he will. vet said was ok.
 

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check out the 'bugs' post.........got loads of cool bits on there about them!!! :lol:
 

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hiya.
do you know what the basking temp is though? like directly or as directly as he can get to the light.. basically the warmest pirch, this should be 105-120 degress ideally.

A high bask helps beardies resist and fight infections of all kinds and leads to an overall healthy animal, or atleast part of it.

Also, most of us suplement the food at a ratio of about 5:2 ca:nutrobol meaning out of 7 feeds that are suplemented 5 are with calcium and 2 with a multi vits like nutrobol.

When young most if not all feeds should be suplemented but less as they age.

Tje things that come in with the crix are..er.. nothing to worry about but best not to use them, jsut throw them out.

Also with calcium snad, be carefull, despite what it says on the bag it can be lethal if ingested, keeping it is ok but just make sure he doesnt eat any and if he does get him checked at the vets the moment he goes off his food or misses a poop.
 

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Dean he has a log which means he can get close to the basking light, the temp gauge is in between the hot and cool areas so i would thinks its above 100 so will be putting temp gauges both ends to clarify temps. thanks mate.
 

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cool, its dificult to measure temps under a light without a digital thermometer but basically a 100w bulb at about 7-9 inches gives off about the right temps, closer works too [4-6 inches for 60watt] and it depends a bit on the overall air temp already established in the viv but its a decent enough rule of thumb.

A decent bask with the cool end maintained and the guy should recover in no time.
 

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i would suggest u didnt bath him while hes ill too.your doing everything right good luck lets hope hes better real soon. :wink:
 
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