Bearded dragon bacterial
infections are a common sequel to physical injuries that breaks
the integrity of the skin or the mucous membranes. It is most
commonly the result of serious bite wounds. Bearded dragon bite
wounds are usually in on the tail, extremities, the neck or on
the side of the mouth and lips.
A large percentage
of Bearded dragon infections will lead to abscessation,
especially without medical intervention. Once a Bearded dragon
abscess started to form, it must be surgically debrided under
sedation or full anesthesia. Abscesses can lead to a
sick Bearded dragon
with a bacteraemia (bacteria that spread to the bloodstream),
which can be life threatening.
Dragon Infection Prevention
The best way to
prevent a Bearded dragon bacterial infection is to start with a
topical antiseptic immediately after the injury. Popular
products include F10 which can be used as a spray, or a dilution
to use as a daily bath. These and similar products are available
as from your local veterinarian.
Dragon Infection Treatment
Once an infection
has kicked in the best way to treat is with a combination of
antibiotics and topical antiseptics. In severe cases supportive
treatment might include force feeding and parenteral fluids
(drips). Bearded dragon infections should be treated under the
supervision of a reptile friendly veterinarian. Bearded dragon
abscesses should also be treated by a skilled
Bearded dragon vet.