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Bearded Dragon Fall Injuries


 Bearded Dragon Fall Injuries

Bearded 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.

Falling 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.

Bearded Dragon Fall Injury Signs

Bearded 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

All 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.

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