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 Failure to Thrive Issue

Hello, early in March I got two baby beardies. One was 2 months old and the other about 4-5 months (at least that’s what we were told). The first few weeks were going smoothly, with both of them eating and drinking plenty and eating their greens like champs. However, suddenly the youngest, Erik, appetite starting going down and he was acting extremely lethargic. He stopped growing, while the other one, Peach, was growing extremely fast. That’s where things started going downhill.
First his appetite went down, but this happened when he was shedding so I assumed it was due to that. However, it didn’t get better. He continued to get worse nd worse, going from having occasional perky moments to fnever holding himself up or opening his eyes all the way. He stopped eating crickets, and would only take water and strawberries.
We took him to the vet and were told he was most likely a Failure to Thrive case, considering his fecal sample came back fine and had no parasites in it. She also said there was no impaction, and was unable to do a blood test because he is too small. We were pretty much told to give him extra care and hope for the best. She gave us something called Critical Care, which was supposed to help with the malnourishment. After that, he started getting much better. We changed out the UVB light for a lower wattage which seemed to help and also gave him the Critical Care. He started perking up a lot more and was eating crickets again, especially if we took him outside on a warm day for some natural sunlight. We were regularly giving him baths to keep him hydrated (the Critical Care is mixed with water so he was also drinking regularly). However, he’s once again stopped eating crickets and is still losing weight. He’s pretty much skin and bones now. Oddly enough though he’s much more active. We still give him Critical Care along with chicken baby food mixed with calcium (that’s all we can get him to eat). When we give him crickets, he acts terrified and runs away even tho we only put one in there and it’s tiny. He’s pooping regularly, and they’re solid. But he obviously can’t live off of babyfood, and he’s not gaining weight or growing.
Originally they both shared a 40 gallon, with a basking area that’s 90-100. The bedding is felt. The basking light was 100 Watt, and the UVB is a ReptiSun 10.0 26 Watt. They were misted twice a day, and after feeding we’d go in with a water dropper to make sure they were drinking. Peach started to display dominating behavior, so we put Erik in a 10 gallon, with felt bedding and a basking area with the same temp as in the 40 gallon. We got him a ReptiSun 10.0 UVB also, but this time it’s a 13 Watt. The crickets are dusted with Calcium (with D3), and I also feed the crickets greens and veggies.
Is there anything else we can do to get him healthier? He won’t take crickets even if we try hand feeding them to him. I’ve seen to try soft bodied worms, but I don’t know where I could get those. I’m going to try attaching a picture of when we got him verses now (there is sand in the first picture, but he was only in it for that day).



04/16/17  10:39pm

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04/16/17  10:51pm

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 Failure to Thrive Issue

I would say just continue the critical care, ’cause that’s probably the thing that’s helping most, and also monitor him as much as possible so that you have no surprises. And no matter how much he doesn’t eat, keep offering food. From the looks of it, he’s not dehydrated which is one less thing to worry about, and it seems that he still possesses the will to thrive which is very important. The fact that he’s not lethargic is a big plus, and just based on that I think he will get better. This sort of thing happens a lot with reptiles of all species, when something hits them their body can wait a long time before recovering, or even a short time, you honestly never know. Whether it be due to brumation or Impactions or any number of other things, they will eventually recover. The best thing you can do is keep taking care of him at a consistent rate. Also, definitely try to add variety in his diet, including fruits and vegetables. Some really good foods include figs, not dried, which are very high in calcium, phoenix worms, which also have great nutrition, small silk worms, which are a high in fat and soft, there are many more, which you can research. To keep him hydrated and also more motivated to eat, give him warm baths regularly, once a week in a small plastic bin. And looking on the long run, you are going to have to get much larger tanks, at least 40 gallons for each beardie, which i’m sure you know already, but many will say it’s easier to get the tanks when they are small, since they will outgrow their small tanks very quickly. Ten gallon tanks are too small for juvenile beardies, but you shouldn’t change the tank now, since that will stress him out more than it will help. And for future reference, don’t keep young beardies of different size together if they are babies or juveniles. They grow a lot in these first months, and it’s important that there isn’t a dominant beardie among them, because that will potentially stunt the smaller one, which will lead to problems like this. Continuing care now, as I suggested, is the most important thing, and if you are persistent, he’ll probably get better. I hope I helped, and good luck! I wish Eric all the best.



05/24/17  05:21pm


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