Bearded Dragon Fall Injuries
dragon falling injuries are usually as result of the dragon
being handled from a hight, i.e. from the head or shoulder
position of its handler. Its often due to negligence from the
side of the owner. Bearded dragons are known to unexpectedly
dash into a certain direction making them prone to falling
injuries to begin with.
injuries can also be the result from falling from cage furniture
that is too high or after climbing onto the sides of high cages.
These Bearded dragon falling injuries can stopped my preventing
high platforms to begin with.
Dragon Fall Injury Signs
dragon fall injuries can lead to an array of clinical signs.
Most signs are due to internal
Bearded dragon bleeding or fractured bones.
Internal bleeding can be identified almost immediately by
swelling of the abdomen, or by seeing blood pouring from the
mouth. Bone fractures due to this type of injuries are usually
indicated by leg swelling or the inability to use the specific
leg. In the long term Bearded dragon injuries will lead to
lethargy and anorexia and even to sudden death.
Bearded Dragon Fall Prevention
To prevent Bearded dragon fall injuries these
animals should preferably not be placed in a situation where
they are exposed to their potential life threatening situation.
Bearded dragon body harnesses can be used to try to safeguard
adult animals from falling.
Bearded Dragon Fall Treatment
Bearded dragon fall injuries should be inspected by a qualified
reptile vet as soon as possible.
Expensive radiography or ultrasonography might be needed to aid in the diagnoses. Treatable injuries
will usually need a combination of parenteral fluids (drips), rest or surgical repair for
fractures, surgical exploration for internal bleeding, pain
killers and antibiotics.