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Your Bearded Dragon's Health Care

Bearded dragons make great pets for young and old. They are one of the beat pet lizards for beginners and children. They do not require a lot of special care. They do require ultraviolet lighting so they do not get a very painful bone disease. When you put light and heaters in their home make sure you place them where the dragon can not get burned as burns are quit common to dragons.

Some people do not take good are of their pet lizard because they really do not know how to care for him.  Many people decide they want a lizard but they really do not know everything required.    There are many things you can do to keep you dragon healthy and he could live for 10 years.

When you get your bearded dragon, it is sometimes a good idea to have him checked out by a veterinarian to make sure he is healthy.   Bearded dragons often are burned from heating lamps or ceramic heaters and they are one of the most common injuries.  Sometimes these burns are minor and cause only discoloration or blistering of the skin and scales.  Other burns can produce open bleeding wounds that can me dangerous.  A veterinarian should check all burns.  The bearded dragon must be treated for both external and internal wounds and infections.  Usually if you dragon suffers a burn you should take him to the veterinarian to get him some antibiotics and topical salves to help his burns heal quickly and without complications.  Make sure your dragon does not have direct access to the heating source and this will prevent him from being burned.

Bearded dragons get internal and external parasites.  Internal parasites cause loss of appetite, bloating, vomiting, sudden weight loss, sluggish and constipation.  A veterinarian should treat internal parasites.

External parasites that affect bearded dragons are mites.  The dragon will become weak and lose his appetite and his immune system will be weakened.   If your pet has mites, you must act quickly.  There are three ways to get rid of mites on bearded dragons.  First, bathe your dragon thoroughly.  Pay attention to the eyes, nostrils, vents and skin folds.  Put him in a different terrarium while you clean his home.  When cleaning the terrarium throughout the substrate, live plants and any furnishing you can throw away.  Any items that are kept must be wrapped in aluminum foil and placed in 275-degree oven for 2 to 3 hours.  You must soak the terrarium in a bleach solution for at least 24 hours to kill the mites and you must make sure to rinse it completely so there are no traces of bleach left.

You can take your dragon to the veterinarian and he will prescribe a mite killer that will usually need to be sprayed on the bearded dragon and his terrarium.  This should soon get rid of all the mites from your dragon and his home.

Sometimes bearded dragons get mouth rot.  This will affect the mouth and gums.  The symptoms are bleeding gums, loss of appetite, blackening of the teeth, swollen mouth and a yellowish build up between the teeth.  Dirty living conditions and low temperatures usually cause it.

This disease is very painful to the dragon and it can be fatal if the dragon is not taken to a veterinarian.  To prevent the disease keep you dragons home clean and warm.

They will get a bone disease because of inadequate ultraviolet light.  Symptoms are soft paws that are bent outward, difficulty walking, legs that are crooked and bent, swollen thighs that are hard to the touch and trembling and convulsions.  To prevent this disease your dragon needs to soak up ultraviolet rays so his bones and teeth will be strong and healthy.

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Comments (4)

Yes they are a good pet for the right person, but not for everyone, they need proper care, as you mention special lighting!

Bearded dragons are pretty cool looking. Great info!

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Thanks for your support.

I used to raise/breed Beardies backin New York. They are quite amazing, gregarious and curious creatures.

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