Reptiles/bearded dragon

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My bearded dragons right eye is swollen so bad its closed and now on the top of his head aswell what can I do to help him

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Hi Amanda,

I really think your best option is a vet visit. From your description of the swelling, it sounds like me might have a blocked duct. Reptiles have a duct (the naso-lacrimal duct) that drains fluid from the eye to the roof of the mouth. This duct can become blocked by infection which then causes a fluid build-up behind and around the eye. It probably needs systemic antibiotics.

In the meanwhile, you can try flushing the eye with saline (the type sold for contact lens use) which might make him a bit more comfortable. The company Polysporin makes an antibiotic eye ointment that is available over-the-counter here in Canada. If something similar is available in the U.K, then it would not hurt to try that either.
Make sure his basking temperature is correct, about 37 - 40C. That will help ensure that his own immune system is functioning at full capacity to fight any infection.  

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I can answer questions on the proper husbandry and diet of Iguanas, bearded dragons, geckoes, skinks, chameleons, tortoises, box turtles, treefrogs, non-venomous snakes and tarantulas. Also the breeding of some species of feeder insects. I have no experience with venonmous snakes and only limited experience with aquatic turtles.

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I have been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 30 years. In addition to my regular job in the medical field I also worked for several years in a pet store that specialized only in exotics. The job entailed both caring for and answering questions on innumerable species. It required constant, extensive research into a wide range of reptiles. I have been called to appear on televised national media (CBC, CTV and Life Channel) as well as CBC radio to discuss the proper care of reptiles and other exotics in captivity. I currently own one or more species of those listed under my expertise with the exception of chameleons. I owned chameleons for years but keep none currently. I keep over 20 snakes comprising 5 species, both Colubridae and Boidae. I bred corn snakes for several years. I have a particular interest in treefrogs and currently have 5 different species. I've raised redfoot tortoises for 10 years and have two iguanas, one for 12 years.

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A small and now defunct local magazine called "Pet Vue"

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Diagnostic medical microbiology with some parasitology experience.

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