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    I think My Bearded Dragon is impacted please help!

    Hi can anyone tell me how to help my beardie. He's about 8 months old and hasn't pooped in about 3 weeks. I have been giving him daily soaks and massaging his belly, tried a dropper of apple sauce and a small drop of olive oil on a piece of kale but no sucess. Tonight I was rubbing his abdomen and i felt a hard lump . I am going to call the vet tommorrow. I would have taken him in but he seemed ok other than no poops .I am a little short on cash after spending $200 to save my 6 week old baby bunny, so if anyone has any suggestions that might save me from a large vet bill it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! I am new to the forum.

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    Sorry I dont know much about lizards but did read you could feed it summer squash baby food (stage one) with a little olive oil or apple sauce (no added sugar). I dont know how true this is but it's an idea for you to look into. What are you using for substrate & hows the Humidity?

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    aspen and the temp is 80

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    The temps should be a bit higher (near 100) as a hotspot for proper digestion. What has it been eating in terms of greens and insects? In my experiences, superworms tend to cause constipation. If you're feeling a hard spot, definitely take it to a vet that's experienced with reptiles. CareCredit helps with finances and you can have "same as cash" for 6 months if you pay the bill in that time frame.

    My dragon suffered from constipation for a while. I raised temps, gave it daily baths and belly massages and it eventually "went to the bathroom". Good luck.
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    I raised the temp with two basking lights today . I have been giving him soaks twice a day for about 30 minutes and massaging his belly. I was giving him Kale, Bearded dragon food, strawberrys,grapes,kiwi,peas,carrot,green beans and super worms. Today I tried gatoraide and babyfood- prunes but i could only getting him to take small licks. I even tried making him mad and he held his mouth shut tight! I have a vet appt in the morning. Thanks!

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    Well xrays indicated an impaction and they put Elliot on flagyl and Lactulose. He wasn't very happy when they gave him his first dose but he was a good boy throughout the whole vet visit. Suprisingly he sat on the table and never once tried to run! When I got home he was pretty cold so I put him under his basking light and Sucess One large Stink Pickle! Never thought I would be this happy to see that... Hehehehe

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    Congrats! Be careful with too many fruits (sugar content) and superworms (shell may cause constipation). Sounds like your dragon isn't a picky eater. Great job.
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    Well guys after $150 at the vets last week my dragon is back to acting the same again,refusing to eat anything. I gave him some more lactulose today and syringe fed him some strawberry /kiwi gatoraide. I have three basking lights on him and a heat emitter and the temp currently reads.113 .I just moved one of the basking lights off him and he moved over to the other side of the cage. Any suggestions??? I am at a loss and I might have to find a new home for him because obviously I am doing something wrong and i don't want him to die.

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    Okay, let's calm down and work this out It's obvious you really care about your beardie and I'm sure we can correct this problem. Do you have a temp gradient of 90's (hot) to 80 (cool) with a hot spot of around 100-115? Are your lamps on all night long (can disturb sleep pattern)? If so, ceramic or infared lights (red) work well 24 hours a day.

    Try switching your beardie to newpaper (unshredded) as a substrate for now. Could be that it is ingesting some of the aspen. Try to stay away from fruits, except for a treat once in a while. They have high sugar content. Also, spinach is a calcium blocker and too much broccoli and kale can affect Vitamin D processing. Stick to turnip greens, mustard greens, green and red leaf lettuce, green beans... (iceberg lettuce and celery have no nutritional value).


    Do you have UVA/UVB lighting? Remember that these bulbs should be changed every year.


    For insects, one of my beardies had constipation problems with superworms. I feed gut-loaded crickets and a live pinky once a month for the fat and water content. When available, I feed them a tomato horn worm or two. The large ones have lots of water content and are the equivalent of 20 crickets. My dragons find them irresistable.


    Good luck!
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