Now I have to decide what to do next. My vet could do an exploratory surgery to see if there's something obviously wrong and take a liver biopsy. The surgery will be $500+ and there's a chance he won't survive it. Or that we still can't fix him.
The other option is to let him go. :( My vet can euthanize him as I hold him and we let him be free of his sickly body.
Pudge's vet visit wasn't as bad as I thought. Phew!
Yes, her (we think) feet are super bad but we're going to soak her and treat her for a week before we do anything else. She may still lose a few toes and her feet will always look weird, but she should be okay.
She was NOT happy with Dr Folland messing with her and let us know by peeing all over several times. He also told me she's very obese and needs to lose weight. When her front half folds into her shell, her bum falls out the back!
Pudge had a great time exploring the vet's office and charming the vet techs with her adorable face. Pudge & Smaug weren't too sure about each other for a moment before I moved them apart.
A moist environment, daily soakings & lotionings, a good diet, and the right set ups should get her back on track to being an active & healthy turtle.
We all start somewhere with our knowledge of bearded dragons. No one is born an expert.
Seven years ago, I bought my daughter a bearded dragon for her birthday. Lizzie (a boy) was the most docile beardie ever and served as my Etsy model for the first year. He was a good boy even though we didn't know much of what we were doing. He was on sand for the first year and didn't eat high calcium greens.
I remember the first time Lizzie's beard turned black. My daughter panicked, I panicked, and my husband looked online and told us Lizzie was either scared or hormonal (and not dying). Phew!
Now I have a house of black bearding beardies. It's hormone season and all the boys are crazy all day, bobbing & black bearding. Dr Folland says beardies release pheromones and can smell each other. No kidding! I bet my house smells like crazy boy beardies!
Black bearding is mostly used to show off or intimidate other lizards. It can also be a sign of fear or surprise (like if a bird flies overhead). Or it can also be seen on a really sick beardie.
Anyways, what once took me by surprise and troubled me is now so normal it doesn't even phase me.
So start where you're at and begin learning. I am STILL learning things about bearded dragons! Like the pheromones thing.
Yesterday became a "2 for 1" rescue. I went to get Remy and walked away with a little box turtle too. He'd been kept in a super dry tank with little to no water. :( His skin shows that he's been dehydrated too.
This little guy is adorable but his feet are in bad shape! He has layers and layers of old shed stuck around his nails.
His nails and feet are all twisted and dirty. I'm afraid a few of them are dead because the old skin cut off the blood flow.
The tip of his back foot (see above) is black and I'm afraid he'll lose part of his foot.
Pudge is headed to the vet Monday morning and I'll let the vet try to remove the dead skin & tissue. I am not skilled enough to attempt it on my own.
For now he's in a great set up with lots of mud and water to play in.