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Help! Eye Injury...

Discussion in 'Water Dragons' started by dieseldragon, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. dieseldragon

    dieseldragon Well-Known Member

    I have had diesel for almost a year. I got him from petsmart and they said if anything ever happened to him that they have vets there. I am a very attentive and loving herp owner. I love diesel and I try to do everything he needs. He's in a 36x12x16 tank right now while I'm working on his home made out of an entertainment center. I live in the middle of no where in the desert and Its been snowing and my house had been freezing and with 3 lights on him I have still been struggling with heat but I found a way to keep humidity at 50 - 70%. Heat has dropped to 60 averages about 70 but I gave him access to lay within 3 inches of his lights. I've covered most of the lid with plastic and surrounded the tank with towels. I also added a humidity chamber. His color is bright green, even now. But yesterday his eyes were watery it looked like thebskin around the eye was about to shed so I thought it was that. Today I went in to change his water and his eyes were gooed shut. One was clear muck that easily came off with warm water the other tho was dark muck and I'm scared and pretty sure it's blood. So I soaked him in a warm bath and poured water on his eyes then I sanitized my hands and got a paper towel wet and lightly rubbed it over his eyes until they were clean and he could open both. I couldn't find an injury on his eye with the dark muck. He is a finicky eater during shed time which he's in now. He's ate a few giant mealworms by hand yesterday but hasn't today. I made him a temporary home with damp towels and abpool and a tin of mealworms in a sterlite huge Tupperware... I think its a 20 gallon. I have a light over it andbthe lid half way on. I wanna keep him in this until he is healed and the weather picks up.
    I called petsmart and now they are telling me they don't see reptiles.... I kindly told them to take it off their **** advertisements and tell reptile sales ppl. The only other rep vet said they don't like reptiles but if I want to bring him in just the exam is $80. I'm out of a job right now and can't pay that but those ppeople don't sound like much help anyways!
    Before you tell me I'm a bad owner and put me down, I had a job when I got him but the owner died and I have been looking for work ever since. Until today he'd been happy and healthy and if I knew someone who would pay over a $100 for a vet bill I would handbhim over if I knew he'd be taken care of cuz hes my baby. But I don't know anyone who would do that and from the reaction I've gotten from places I'm not just gonna just give him up to people who don't like reptiles and hope they take care of him. So please no negative comments just helpful ones.
     
  2. NancyA

    NancyA Elite Member

    Beardies are prone to eye infections from a vitamin A deficiency also can be from the type of UVB light you are using.
    UVB lights lose their efficency and need to be replaced at least every 6 months. You may just want to bring him into one of the vets close by in case he needs an injection of Vitamin A and eye drops.
     
  3. dieseldragon

    dieseldragon Well-Known Member

    Thanks for ur response. His light is only about 2 months old. I've called 2 other vets and they won't see reptiles.
     
  4. TJOHNSON722

    TJOHNSON722 Elite Member

    Keep trying with the vet. Maybe explain its not a Burmese or alligator but a small bearded dragon.
     
  5. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, I thougt the animal was a Chinese water dragon, not a Bearded dragon?
     
  6. TJOHNSON722

    TJOHNSON722 Elite Member

    Sorry it may be, I'm on mobile and can't see that part. Your right. My bad. Either way, what I said is still true. People automatically think large snakes, large monitors, etc when you say reptiles.
     
  7. dieseldragon

    dieseldragon Well-Known Member

    Ya it is a water dragon
     
  8. justor

    justor Elite Member

    Where are you located?

    If you're using coco husk or eco earth or similar products for substrate that could very likely be the cause of the irritation.
     
  9. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Can you tell me what kind of heat bulbs you`re using, and what type of hygrometer/thermometer it is (analogue or digital), and can you put a few photos up of the lizard and the tank? Thanks!
     
  10. NancyA

    NancyA Elite Member

    Oops sorry I misread.
     
  11. dieseldragon

    dieseldragon Well-Known Member

    Lucerne valley california. I'm using analogue therm. Light is zoo med 100 watt.

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  12. dieseldragon

    dieseldragon Well-Known Member

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  13. dieseldragon

    dieseldragon Well-Known Member

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  15. justor

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  16. dieseldragon

    dieseldragon Well-Known Member

    He's moving around a bit more and seems more alert and he's keeping his eyes open
     
  17. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Thanks for the photo. The first thing is that the analogue thermometers can be as much as 15% or more out, you really must get a digital hygrometer with a probe, that will measure both the ambient (air) and surface temp at the basking site (the probe must actually touch the surface to get a reading, I believe they cost around $12 U.S and I think you can get them in Walmart (I`m in the U.K so not too sure about the store names). Can you do that very, very soon, because right now you/we have no idea what the actual temps and humidity are?
    I know you say you`re going to get another tank, I hope it`s very soon because the present one is far from suitable (glass is a very bad insulator) and it offers virtually no privacy, and it`s too small. These are semi arborial/semi aquatic lizards and need lots of space.
    For the time being I would remove all the substrate and use either tiles, reptile carpet or just paper towels.
     
  18. dieseldragon

    dieseldragon Well-Known Member

    I can't get to san Bernardino....
     
  19. dieseldragon

    dieseldragon Well-Known Member

    I'm out of a job right now so I can't up grade his tank right now. I'm borrowing money to get the temp w probe and saline solution for now. I bring him out for awhile every day and hr usually just crawls on me or the table. So I try to make sure he gets out and can run or swim in a warm bath tub. But for now I'm keeping him in the tupper bin Altho it's small it's clean and I can easily keep it warm. Its on the carpet right now if I were to put a heating pad under it would it damage the plastic or carpet if it's on low? I'm trying to find project wood so maybe I can throw together a big box for now until I get his cabinet and make it a home for him.
     
  20. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    The most important thing is to get the digital hygrometer, then make sure the temps and humidity are suitable; ambient (air) temp in the coolest part between approx 75 to 80f, the SURFACE temp at the basking site at approx 90f. Humidity approx 70%.
    I doubt very much you can get that in the plastic container, so take out the loose substrate from the fish tank and put him back in there for now. You must cover the whole top with something solid such as plywood (sealed with a water based polyurethane varnish), or plexiglass, otherwise you`ll lose much heat and humidity. His eyes actually don`t look too bad, but obviously I`m only judging by the photos.
    EDIT: Don`t use a heat pad, just the heat bulbs, you might need to adjust either the height of the bulbs or basking object `til you get the desired surface temp.
    I need to log out, it`s late here in the U.K, but keep asking questions!
     

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