What to Do If Your Bearded Dragon Has Diarrhea


All reptiles are prone to many illnesses that can cause undesirable diarrhea. The Bearded Dragon is one of these reptiles that can be prone to stress diarrhea as well as diarrhea caused by parasites. There are many ways to treat this condition in your pet. Some of these are simple remedies and others will require the help of a trained reptile veterinarian. Remember that you should not allow the condition to manifest itself for more than two to three days without seeking the help of a veterinarian. Here are some suggestions for what to do if your Bearded Dragon has diarrhea.

Give it time

If you have just brought your dragon home, it may just be a case of adjustment. Stress can cause diarrhea in all reptiles. You pet may simply be stressed about being in a new home. Provide the correct habitat, heat and both plant and food and give him a few days to adjust. Also make sure that there is adequate heat and light for your pet. Misting with water is also important for both juvenile and adult reptiles that have diarrhea. Although most reptiles do not need loads of water to survive, a reptile with diarrhea can dehydrate. Misting a little every day when there is diarrhea can help prevent this. Don’t soak the pet, but a light mist will help.

Get your pet checked

Find a veterinarian that specializes in reptiles. If you have recently acquired your pet, it is possible that it has parasites or an infection. The two most common types of infection in a Bearded dragon are hookworms and parasites. Hookworms are treated in much the same way that a dog might be treated, by deworming. An infection of parasites however, can be a bit trickier to treat. The most common dragon parasite is Coccidia, which would require prescribed medicine from a vet in order to clear the infection.

Clean the habitat

There could be something in the habitat that is causing the diarrhea or stress to the animal. The habitat should be cleaned (with the animal removed) and sterilized with a bleach solution. Be sure to rinse this solution out well so that it cannot harm your pet. If you really want to be thorough about it you can bake any wood parts to the habitat at 250 in an oven for an hour and boil any other habitat parts for 30 minutes. This will kill any underlying bacteria that could be causing diarrhea.

Isolate and Quarantine

There is a possibility that your dragon has picked up adenovirus. The symptoms of this virus are frustrating to most reptile owners as they can be very general with lethargy and diarrhea. If there is any chance that your dragon has picked up this virus, isolate it from the rest if you have more than one. Adenovirus can wipe out an entire group of reptiles if all are infected. Unfortunately, there is no sure fire way of telling if the animal has this or not because it can only be identified through autopsy of the deceased animal.

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