Help needed: Bearded Dragon
May 20, 2020 at 5:51 pm #7484
Came home to my dad’s house after a week of being gone, came to check on my beardy and noticed his foot was swollen and turning black. I’ve tried soaking him in the bath for a while to see if it’s stuck she’d causing the problem, and put him outside for some sunlight. Seems to be getting worse and I’m not sure what it is. Any help on identifying it would be great. I’d take him to the vet but can’t get any appointments asap so for now I need just any tips on how to treat it. Thank you!Login/Register To Reply
May 21, 2020 at 7:47 am #7513
Sorry about this beardie’s predicament. There is no way to tell what the problem might be from one photo.
Please bear in mind that I am not a veterinarian. Let me ask a couple of questions.
Is this the only swollen limb?
Is he eating normally, or is he off his food?
Has he eaten anything unusual while you were gone, such as wild caught food?
Was his enclosure kept clean while you were away?
If this is an injury and is becoming infected, he will definitely need an antibiotic injection. In the meantime, the foot should be kept dry, out of sunlight, and covered with an over the counter triple anti-biotic cream, twice per day. It may be too late at this point for a topical to do any good, but it is something that may do some good and no harm. Be sure that his substrate is freshly cleaned and allow absolutely no feces to be laying around in there for hours at a time. Remove them immediately and be sure to check for others each time you apply the antibiotic.
I hope this was helpful and I will check back for your answers again this morning.