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Worried about our Beardies poop

Michele Schulte

Bearded Dragon Egg
Hi I have never posted a question on here before but recently we have a friend who's Bearded dragon died. No sure why but supposedly when their son found him said his enclosure had blood everywhere. Now we are worried that our almost 2 year old dragon at times who doesn't seem to poop that often could became impacted. Jeff had gone almost 7 days with out a bowel movement and we would soak him in warm water. When he finally did poop i checked his poop and i felt a very hard item in it. Im so worried that this might happen again. Is there anything else we can possibly do to help our sweet girl. We thought she was a boy so hence the boy name. Lol.
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Sydney Loo

Hatchling Dragon
If this does happen again, find out what the hard object is, also if it happens again, take her to the vet, the vet knows more about our sweet little beardies than we do and they know how we can treat them and help them get better, I recommend soaking her for 15-30 minute every couple days to keep her healthy and also to help her with sheds, if she doesn't poop for a long time again, it could also be because she is dehydrated, stressed out, or too cold. other signs of dehydration are thick and slimy mucus in her mouth, drooping eyes, and yellow urate(the white part of poop). you can tell if she's stressed out by the way she acts and the color of her beard, if she's super skittish around you and seems afraid of everything, that's a red flag, also watch for any darkening of her beard. if she is too cold, use a good, reliable thermometer, I recommend an infrared thermometer gun with good reviews and accuracy, to test the temp of her basking spot and keep that at 90 degrees at least, don't go over 110 though because that can cause burns. the cool side of her should be about 75 to 85 degrees, you shouldn't worry about it getting too cold overnight unless it drops below 65 degrees. also, what size tank do you have, and what lighting/heating do you use?
 

Michele Schulte

Bearded Dragon Egg
If this does happen again, find out what the hard object is, also if it happens again, take her to the vet, the vet knows more about our sweet little beardie than we do and they know how we can treat them and help them get better, I recommend soaking her for 15-30 minute every couple days to keep her healthy and also to help her with sheds, if she doesn't poop for a long time again, it could also be because she is dehydrated, stressed out, or too cold. other signs of dehydration are thick and slimy mucus in her mouth, drooping eyes, and yellow urate(the white part of poop). you can tell if she's stressed out by the way she acts and the color of her beard, if she's super skittish around you and seems afraid of everything, that's a red flag, also watch for any darkening of her beard. if she is too cold, use a good, reliable thermometer, I recommend an infrared thermometer gun with good reviews and accuracy, to test the temp of her basking spot and keep that at 90 degrees at least, don't go over 110 though because that can cause burns. the cool side of her should be about 75 to 85 degrees, you shouldn't worry about it getting too cold overnight unless it drops below 65 degrees. also, what size tank do you have, and what lighting/heating do you use?
I guess im a horrible Beardie grandma because other than tank size 40 gallon i don't know about the lites other than it is a 40 gallon tank and the lights are the red for night and white for day and the UV light we leave on for so many hours a day. My daughter received him when he was just a baby Christmas of 2018. Other than this incident of going for so long with out pooping she has been very health. She is handled everyday and loves to just be helded. She never has access to anything hard. She eats crickets and meal worms kale and squash but not everyday. We try other things but not sure why she won't eat them. We do sprinkle her food with calcium which i did read helps them go to the bathroom more often. We do plan to buy her another tank soon but hope to surprise my daughter with it for Christmas. Thank you for your information.
 

Sadie

Juvenile Dragon
I guess im a horrible Beardie grandma because other than tank size 40 gallon i don't know about the lites other than it is a 40 gallon tank and the lights are the red for night and white for day and the UV light we leave on for so many hours a day. My daughter received him when he was just a baby Christmas of 2018. Other than this incident of going for so long with out pooping she has been very health. She is handled everyday and loves to just be helded. She never has access to anything hard. She eats crickets and meal worms kale and squash but not everyday. We try other things but not sure why she won't eat them. We do sprinkle her food with calcium which i did read helps them go to the bathroom more often. We do plan to buy her another tank soon but hope to surprise my daughter with it for Christmas. Thank you for your information.
Please get rid of the red bulb they can cause long term eye damage--- and it disrupts the sleep-- no lights on at nite dragons like cool and dark nothing below 65 at nite if you need heat at nite get a CHE ceramic heat emitter--- basking temps need to be 95-110 for an adult taken w/ a digital probe thermometer- ir guns can be thrown off by certain materials- the digital will actual basking temps- a good UVB which is a tube NO COILS-- If you need more help on that please ask I will post links- it's possible your lighting is incorrect and if it is it's going to reflect on the pooping - digestion- the basking temps and UVB are the two most important things in that tank--
 

HoomanSlave

Juvenile Dragon
Here are the lighting products you need (I took some of them from Petco because they're on sale right now):
- https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/zoo-med-reptisun-100-uvb-t5-ho-lamp

- https://www.amazon.com/Sunblaster-9...QPSWCJZJKX9&psc=1&refRID=Y0J4B73ZRQPSWCJZJKX9

- https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/flukers-sun-dome-reptile-lamp

- https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petco...-repti-basking-spot-lamp-value-pack-100-watts

Instead of just turning the lights on and off, please get a digital thermostat to control temperatures (https://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-RT-600-Thermostat-Controller/dp/B07FYXX9L3/ref=sr_1_2?crid=YW2N1YLQUQHK&dchild=1&keywords=reptitemp+digital+thermostat&qid=1603995911&sprefix=reptitem,lawngarden,229&sr=8-2) and a programmable power strip so you don't have to worry about turning the lights on: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MVFF59S/ref=twister_B08F8LDN4X?_encoding=UTF8&th=1

Please stop feeding mealworms, they have little nutritional value and can cause digestive issues. Crickets are okay, but they are stinky and high maintenance. I recommend dubia roaches instead-they live longer, require almost no care, and have much more calcium and nutrition: :https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XIL8QA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=ABBIRIYF6N3TO&psc=1

For calcium, dust your feeders with phosphorus-free calcium and D3 calcium a few times a week depending on the age of your beardie. Your beardie should also be getting a multivitamin (Herptivite is the best brand) 1-2 times a week.

You'll need to upgrade to a 75 gallon tank soon, 40 gallons is too small. Petco has a Dollar-per-Gallon tank sale sometime around Black Friday, so that's the best time to buy a new tank. You can also check Craigslist for even larger ones that are being given away or sold for a small amount.

I have an adult beardie feeding and supplement schedule written down somewhere, let me know if you need it.
 

Michele Schulte

Bearded Dragon Egg
Here are the lighting products you need (I took some of them from Petco because they're on sale right now):
- https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/zoo-med-reptisun-100-uvb-t5-ho-lamp

- https://www.amazon.com/Sunblaster-9...QPSWCJZJKX9&psc=1&refRID=Y0J4B73ZRQPSWCJZJKX9

- https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/flukers-sun-dome-reptile-lamp

- https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petco...-repti-basking-spot-lamp-value-pack-100-watts

Instead of just turning the lights on and off, please get a digital thermostat to control temperatures (https://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-RT-600-Thermostat-Controller/dp/B07FYXX9L3/ref=sr_1_2?crid=YW2N1YLQUQHK&dchild=1&keywords=reptitemp+digital+thermostat&qid=1603995911&sprefix=reptitem,lawngarden,229&sr=8-2) and a programmable power strip so you don't have to worry about turning the lights on: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MVFF59S/ref=twister_B08F8LDN4X?_encoding=UTF8&th=1

Please stop feeding mealworms, they have little nutritional value and can cause digestive issues. Crickets are okay, but they are stinky and high maintenance. I recommend dubia roaches instead-they live longer, require almost no care, and have much more calcium and nutrition: :https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XIL8QA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=ABBIRIYF6N3TO&psc=1

For calcium, dust your feeders with phosphorus-free calcium and D3 calcium a few times a week depending on the age of your beardie. Your beardie should also be getting a multivitamin (Herptivite is the best brand) 1-2 times a week.

You'll need to upgrade to a 75 gallon tank soon, 40 gallons is too small. Petco has a Dollar-per-Gallon tank sale sometime around Black Friday, so that's the best time to buy a new tank. You can also check Craigslist for even larger ones that are being given away or sold for a small amount.

I have an adult beardie feeding and supplement schedule written down somewhere, let me know if you need it.
Thank you so much for all your helpful information. We want Jeff to have a happy and long life. And yes if you can locate your feeding and supplement information and pass it along i will be very appreciative. Thank you again
 

HoomanSlave

Juvenile Dragon
Thank you so much for all your helpful information. We want Jeff to have a happy and long life. And yes if you can locate your feeding and supplement information and pass it along i will be very appreciative. Thank you again
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Here's the adult beardie schedule.
The Repashy food is optional, but I find it adds some variety and vitamins. It also encourages the beardie to be less picky and accept commercial food in case there's an emergency or I can't obtain feeders. The 3-5 roaches can be replaced with 20 crickets. It isn't on this schedule, but bell pepper, carrot, cucumber, etc. can be tossed into the salad once or twice a week for variety.
Although the schedule says superworms, the supers section can be used for any treat worm (waxworms, hornworms, silkworms)
 

Julee1971

Juvenile Dragon
Hi I have never posted a question on here before but recently we have a friend who's Bearded dragon died. No sure why but supposedly when their son found him said his enclosure had blood everywhere. Now we are worried that our almost 2 year old dragon at times who doesn't seem to poop that often could became impacted. Jeff had gone almost 7 days with out a bowel movement and we would soak him in warm water. When he finally did poop i checked his poop and i felt a very hard item in it. Im so worried that this might happen again. Is there anything else we can possibly do to help our sweet girl. We thought she was a boy so hence the boy name. Lol. View attachment 24154
Hi....we rescue and rehome all day long. 1st of all remove any sand or coconut substrate from the tank immediately. Order a reptile matt from zen habitats or use a pillow case to cover the entire flooring or white terry cloths u buy a bag from HDepot. 2ndly, are u feeding MealWorms??? If so STOP ASAP, they impact them & are horrible for their tummy. Feed only large crickets since he’s an adult & Dubia roaches only those are the best and safest & healthiest proteins. Dust them 3-4 times a week with REPCAL calcium and herptivite togehter sprinkle it & shake it in a ziploc bag once per day only. Also the Beardie should get 2plates per day of fresh staple greens and veggies the only & best Everyday ones are: Mustard greens, collard greens, endives, snap peas, yellow squash & butternut squash. Anything u feed should be cut up and can’t be bigger than the space between his 2eyes. Only feed fruits once a week or twice a month as treats & only papaya, mangoes and blueberries because sugar is not the best for a Beardie. Lastly a Beardie should be pooping once a day minimum if eating healthy and if u have the right temps in his cage. The basking heat lamp & Uvb need to be on for 12-14 hours in the summer & 10-12 hours for him in the winter. Never ever feed unless he’s been basking for an hour after waking up & if u feed at nite he most bask for 2hours before lights out. Basically try and keep the same feeding times everyday for the proteins & place veggies after basking for an hour or more. Mine wake up at 7:30 after they poop, I feed at 9:30 and 3:30 everyday and the veggies are placed around 9:30 or 9 and changed out around 2 or 3pm cuz they get soft and wilted. Also are your temps correct buy a zoomed digital thermometer & digital hygrometer temps for adults should be 95-97/98 and humidity 30-40 only never exceed 40. Buy a CLEAR zoomed basking bulb And he needs UVB or he can’t breakdown the calcium or absorb vitamin D. U need a Reptisin 10.0 T5 long tubular bulb placed in the back and covering 70 prcnt the length of the enclosure. Blood in poop or smelly poop or runny poop or undigrsted poop is a sign of Coccidia and is a nitemare to deal with; it’s like live in the tummy and enclosure and all needs to be burned in hot boiling water all furniture basking items wtc and use terry cloth towels & always poop removed and clean poop instantly so they don’t like ingest or get it all over the place. A poop/fecal sample is $45 at a vet that deals with reptiles please get that done ASAP & follow what I recommended and he should be good to go.
 

Michele Schulte

Bearded Dragon Egg
Here are the lighting products you need (I took some of them from Petco because they're on sale right now):
- https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/zoo-med-reptisun-100-uvb-t5-ho-lamp

- https://www.amazon.com/Sunblaster-9...QPSWCJZJKX9&psc=1&refRID=Y0J4B73ZRQPSWCJZJKX9

- https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/flukers-sun-dome-reptile-lamp

- https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petco...-repti-basking-spot-lamp-value-pack-100-watts

Instead of just turning the lights on and off, please get a digital thermostat to control temperatures (https://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-RT-600-Thermostat-Controller/dp/B07FYXX9L3/ref=sr_1_2?crid=YW2N1YLQUQHK&dchild=1&keywords=reptitemp+digital+thermostat&qid=1603995911&sprefix=reptitem,lawngarden,229&sr=8-2) and a programmable power strip so you don't have to worry about turning the lights on: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MVFF59S/ref=twister_B08F8LDN4X?_encoding=UTF8&th=1

Please stop feeding mealworms, they have little nutritional value and can cause digestive issues. Crickets are okay, but they are stinky and high maintenance. I recommend dubia roaches instead-they live longer, require almost no care, and have much more calcium and nutrition: :https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XIL8QA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=ABBIRIYF6N3TO&psc=1

For calcium, dust your feeders with phosphorus-free calcium and D3 calcium a few times a week depending on the age of your beardie. Your beardie should also be getting a multivitamin (Herptivite is the best brand) 1-2 times a week.

You'll need to upgrade to a 75 gallon tank soon, 40 gallons is too small. Petco has a Dollar-per-Gallon tank sale sometime around Black Friday, so that's the best time to buy a new tank. You can also check Craigslist for even larger ones that are being given away or sold for a small amount.

I have an adult beardie feeding and supplement schedule written down somewhere, let me know if you need it.
God Bless you for all this useful information. We love our girl and want her to have the best life possible
 

Michele Schulte

Bearded Dragon Egg
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Here's the adult beardie schedule.
The Repashy food is optional, but I find it adds some variety and vitamins. It also encourages the beardie to be less picky and accept commercial food in case there's an emergency or I can't obtain feeders. The 3-5 roaches can be replaced with 20 crickets. It isn't on this schedule, but bell pepper, carrot, cucumber, etc. can be tossed into the salad once or twice a week for variety.
Although the schedule says superworms, the supers section can be used for any treat worm (waxworms, hornworms, silkworms)
Thank you so so much❤
 
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