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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:35 pm 
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Hi all, I'm extremely worried about my beardie and I'm hoping someone can advise on what I can do.

At the beginning of October my 2 and a half year old female beardie started slowing right down, having followed the advice on here it seemed in every way that this was brummation (slowing down, going off food, sleeping a lot, etc). I followed the guidelines and slowly over the course of October reduced the temps/lighting until about 10 days ago when I shut down the heat and light completely as she was sleeping all the time. Two days ago she started to stir so I started keeping an eye on her, she was awake most of the time but seemed unable to function and looked quite distressed so I started turning the heat and light on again which she seemed to react to. I have also noticed that she has lost quite a lot of weight and seems very thin compared to how she was before the "brummation" period. I have managed to get her to eat 4 medium sized locusts (about an inch long) today but it seemed like a real struggle for her. I had a poo test done in late August that came back with very minor parasites which I had treated and she was fine after that, I gave her viv a good clean as well using specialist reptile cleaner at that point.

I've booked a vets appointment for Thursday (the earliest appointment I could get as it requires a particular vet to be available) but I am not confident in any way that he knows much about beardies that he can diagnose her properly, the nearest specialist reptile vet I can find is almost 60 miles away. Has anyone gone through a similar situation to this where they thought their dragon was brummating but it turns out that maybe they weren't, and if so what was the resolution to it? I'm happy to provide any further details that may explain better, I am extremely worried that I've got it completely wrong and have caused her harm so please if anyone can help me it would be very gratefully received. I would be absolutely devastated if something has happened to her as a result of my mistake, especially as I had to have my first beardie put to sleep earlier this year when she had similar(ish) symptoms :(


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:43 pm 
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It's very unlikely that you've done anything to cause her a problem. Given the detail you've provided I'd have done exactly the same, assumed brumation and acted accordingly.There is one problem with reptiles and that is that they conceal illness very well and it isn't until they're well advanced with a problem that we often notice it. I'm afraid I don't have any easy solution here as it could be absolutely anything and as such I can only recommend the action you've taken including a vet check. Hopefully the vet can help but in the end you may want to consider the 60 mile drive - honestly it really isn't that far. :)

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