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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:57 am 
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i have recently aquired a baby beardie (4-5 inches), i have had him a week today. viv temps and set up pretty much what is recomended on this site but after he fed on his first day in the viv he hasn't eaten since. i have tried many different ways to get him to eat but he just turns his nose up at it. i know moving home can be stressful plus he started shedding just a couple of days after he arrived which i believe can be a little stressful as well, i had to help pull bits from around his face (with a little water) as he was was scratching and bumping his head to remove it.
so my question is how long do i leave him before i get him seen to, he's friendly and will settel and sit on me if handled, he seems happy and ok and moves to and from his baskingspot duringthe day while also exploring his viv, he was excreating mutipletimes a day until yesterday which i presume is now because he hasn't eaten. can a baby last a couple of weeks like an adult without food and should i wait a few more days.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:44 am 
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Do you know how old it is? 7 ~ 10 days isn't unusual for a settling in period especially if they are also shedding. By the way it's best to let them rub the skin off themselves - they've been doing it for millions of years now and usually get it right. :lol: How big are the crix you're feeding (in mm please) it could be that he's scared of them if they're too big. Give him a few more days before worrying. Do you have a vet who actually specialises in reptiles?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:01 pm 
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i'm not sure how old he is :( after all the questions i got asked and asked back by the pet store it was the one i forgot to ask. i'm trying to feed him the smallest crickets/hoppers i could buy, the crickets range from 3-5mm with the hoppers about the same if not a little bigger, i wouldn't of though he was scared of them as on the first day when he feed he chased them around no problem. i am quite happy with him, everything seems ok i just expected him to eat more as it stands. i've not researched local vets yet but the shop i bought said if i have any trouble in the first 2 weeks i can take him back for a free assement by one of there vets, its a big chain over here and i would expect them to have a specialist in reptiles but i will start looking in case i have to take him and i'm not happy with who i see. if you say he should be alright without food for between 1-2 weeks i will persist with trying with a view to see a vet at weekend, with any signs of deteriation making a visit to the vet sooner will definatly happen.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:04 pm 
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You may want to give him a very light spray of water or drip some on his nose in case he's getting a little dehydrated. 3~5mm crix should be ok so it's more likely settling in.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:30 pm 
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thanks for the info, i'll make sure it gets some water when his lights come back on in the morning and i'll keep you posted on how he is in a few days.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:33 am 
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lights came on this morning so i waited for him to wake up and tried to give him some water, took him a couple of minutes but he ended up taking about 10 drops from my finger/his nose.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:47 am 
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That's good - hopefully he'll start eating soon.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:44 pm 
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my girlfriend has rung the pet store today to see what they would say and they have advised that he is probably dehydrated and has advised us that they dunk there dragons everymorning for 30 seconds to make sure they have a drink, saying that they can take in water from the side of the face, now i'm sure i've read somewhere that this is rubbish, might even of been on this forum i just can't remember where, please correct me if i'm wrong. anyway i'm not keen on the idea but would do it if nessacery, i've gave him some more water by using my finger and putting drops on his nose untill he won't take it anymore, just wanted to make sure this is the best way to proceed for the next few days while we see if he gets his appitite back?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:22 pm 
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The ONLY place they can take in water is through the mouth - every other suggestion is bullshit! Dunking in water every day is more likely to cause respiritory infections than keep hydrated as they're designed to extract all the fluid they need from their diet see this viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1372 Dehydration is a possibility and the best way to provide water as far as I'm concerned is by the dripping method. When he's had enough he'll stop.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:38 pm 
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thanks rick, think my girlfriend just need some reasurance after the mixed messages she had from me reading on this site and the pet shop she rang. thanks again.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:38 am 
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If you get challenged on this subject I have actually discussed it at some length with my vet https://www.facebook.com/TheReptileDoctor?fref=ts whohandles reptiles almost exclusively. His comment on beardies taking in water through any other method than drinking "like that's going to happen" puts it in a nutshell. :D

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:01 pm 
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he's eaten :) not much yet and not exactly the healty option, i decided to try some mealworms just to see if he would entertain these as he hasn't eaten for a week, he wouldn't take them from me but as soon as i started to put a few in a bowl for him he dashed over, he ate about 10 before i put a cricket infront of him, then he turned away, it was the smallest 1 i could find aswel. anyway i'm guessing he'll be fine and it will have been down to settling in.
thanks for all the information and probably saving me some cash aswel, i did ring the vet today just to have a conversation and they said if i bring him they would prob need to xray just to check for impaction which would of cost me £100, even though after what i had told her she said its probable thats not the problem.
now i have food in him again he will go the toilet will it be a good idea to get it checked out when he eventually does?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:57 pm 
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Won't hurt to get a sample checked here's a link for a lab that does the tests. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9783

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:44 am 
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thanks again, so glad i found this site.


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