There are some bearded dragon health issues that can arise from time to time. Bearded dragons are extremely hardy reptiles, especially as they pass the hatchling stage, but there are some things that can go wrong..

These health issues are just some things that could affect your dragon. This doesn’t mean that every dragon will be affected by them. I have only come across a couple of these problems so far (knock on wood). Even so, it is good to be aware of some of the things that can affect your pet.

Diagnosing bearded dragon health issues can be somewhat difficult because symptoms for one illness can be the same symptom for something entirely different. If your dragon is very sick, it is always best to seek professional help.

Even though there may be some home remedies for certain health issues, there really is no substitute for seeing a veterenarian. I will have to admit, for reptile owners not every veterenarian is equal. There are some that know very little about our pets. It is best to find a vet that knows about reptile pets and possibly specializes in them. This is difficult but well worth the effort.

*Disclaimer

I am not a veterinarian. I am just a hobbyist like most of you who are reading this page. I am providing this information for knowledge purposes.

Most of the illnesses and remedies I write about are ones that I have read about or heard, and have not actually tried myself.

Trying any home remedy for your dragon is kind of like trying a home remedy on yourself, some of them work and some don’t. If you notice that your dragon’s illness seems severe you really need to get them to a qualified reptile veterinarian.

 

Find a Veterenarian

Probably the best advice that can be given, on bearded dragon health issues, is to find a veterinarian that will handle exotic pets and reptiles.

It’s even better if you can find one that specializes in reptiles and, more important, bearded dragons. In a perfect world, you should get your dragon a check up at least once a year.

I say a perfect world because I know that this doesn’t happen sometimes. Things come up and money gets tight. I definitely understand these things, but it’s good to at least know where you can take your dragon in case of emergencies.

Most illnesses cannot be diagnosed or treated by the owner. I have seen many posts in reptile forums concerning their sick dragons.

Many of these posters are frantic, and rightfully so. The response that I see most of the time to these posts is “Why are you on this forum when you should be getting your dragon to a vet?”. For most of the illnesses I write about here you will probably receive the same response.

Prevention

Prevention is a big point of bearded dragon health. It is a really good idea to do research and learn as much as you can about caring for bearded dragons.

It is also good to own at least one bearded dragon manual. These books will give you great insight to your bearded dragon.

If you provide proper housing, heating, lighting and diet you should not come across most things that can affect bearded dragons. Poor conditions, improper diet and care will lead to illness.

I also have to say that dragon owners have varying ways of providing care. We all have differing opinions on certain things, but as far as the main things are concerned, most of us agree.

It is good to  research and find out what others have to say. This website offers guidelines to help you in caring for your dragon. In no way do I think that it is the best way, but things that I have had success with.

General Symptoms

There are different bearded dragon health issues with varying symptoms. There are, however, some general symptoms that you can watch for.

These are some symptoms that you can spot and know that your dragon is ill. If any symptom seems severe, it is time to take your dragon to the veterinarian.

The first thing is to observe your dragon every day. Even if you don’t suspect illness, it is good to see how your dragon acts when they are healthy. This will help you gauge whether your dragon is healthy, a little under the weather or severely ill. It is good to note that reptiles can go from appearing healthy to be sick very rapidly.

Some symptoms to look for are:

  •  a lack of appetite
  •  lethargy
  •  labored breathing
  •  sunken eyes
  •  sudden weight loss
  •  a discharge from the mouth, eyes or nostrils 
  •  changes in their stool such as smelly, runny, bloody  or none at all. 

These symptoms can also be associated with other things that you don’t need to seek care on. That is the one thing that is frustrating about bearded dragon health.

A loss of appetite, and lethargy can be attributed to brumation and skin shedding. A dragon not having bowel movements can be caused by these things as well. This is why it can get kind of tricky when doing self diagnosis on your dragon.

Common Bearded Dragon Health Problems

These are some common bearded dragon health problems that can occur. As I learn about more health issues and remedies, I will definitely update this list.

  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Impaction
  • Injuries
  • Mites
  • Coccidia
  • Tail Rot

Conclusion

Bearded dragons are very hardy animals. Their hardiness is one of the reasons for their popularity. Even though they are very hardy they can still get sick.

It’s hard on dragon and owner when there is a problem. The best advice that I can give on bearded dragon health is to find a veterinarian in your area that provides care to reptiles. This will take a lot of the guess work out of diagnosing illnesses yourself.

I have just written about some of the bearded dragon health issues that I have come across while doing my own research. Don’t let all these things worry you, though.

Provided with proper husbandry, your bearded dragon should avoid most of these problems. Even with the best of care, though, some dragons can still get sick.

I hope that you and your dragon(s) never experience any of these problems. I also hope that you find this information useful.

Remember, take these things with a grain of salt. As I said earlier, I am not a veterinarian. I just wanted to pass along information that I have found useful.

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