Why does my bearded dragon look weak?
There are several reasons why a bearded dragon may seem “lazy” or lethargic. Insufficient diet, improper housing, internal parasites are all common issues that can result in a lethargic bearded dragon. A common issue is low habitat temperatures. Often low habitat temperatures coincide with loss of appetite.
Is MBD curable in bearded dragons?
Treatment and Prognosis Fortunately, if detected early enough, MBD can often be corrected and reversed through making changes and improvements to the husbandry of the animal by providing the needed or adequate levels of UV-A and UV-B lighting and heating, proper supplementation, and other nutrients.
How do I know if my bearded dragon has MBD?
MBD does have some specific warning signs. These include swelling of the face, mouth and/or back legs, lethargy, and trembling limbs. In more severe cases, we may also see muscle twitching, general weakness, unusual postures, and deformities.
Why is my bearded dragon dragging its back legs?
This may be an indication that something serious may be developing below the surface. An indicator of a more serious problem is the partial leg paralysis. The hind legs will have less mobility or the dragon will drag his legs.
How do you fix a lethargic bearded dragon?
UVA radiation helps to stimulate appetite and promotes high levels of activity. If your bearded dragon is acting a bit sluggish make sure to check your lighting. You should provide full-spectrum lighting via a fluorescent tube, compact fluorescent, or Mercury Vapor bulb for at least 12 hours per day.
How do I treat my bearded dragons MBD at home?
Metabolic bone disease usually requires immediate oral calcium supplementation, rehydration with fluids, nutritional support, treatment with injectable vitamin D3, and injections of calcitonin (a drug which helps re-deposit calcium back into bearded dragons’ bones).
How do you fix the MBD on a bearded dragon?
How do I know if my bearded dragon is deficient in calcium?
Caused by low levels of Calcium and Vitamin D3, it’s by far the most common cause of illness in ‘beardies’. Symptoms can be hard to spot, but can include muscle twitching, swollen legs and fragile bones, which can eventually lead to permanent deformities in the limbs, jaw, spine or tail.
Why is my bearded dragon not using his back legs?
Your bearded dragon might not be able to walk due to front or back (or both) leg paralysis. Back leg paralysis in bearded dragons can be a result of eating bugs or other food that was too large. It can also happen if your bearded dragon ingested loose substrate or other objects, causing impaction.
How can I tell if my bearded dragon is cold?
Without a heat source, or if their enclosure is not at a high enough temperature, you might see your bearded dragon start to slow down in its movements. In addition to slow movements, bodily functions like going to the bathroom will be hindered.