Reptiles/Bearded Dragon


I believe my bearded dragon has a prolapsed rectum and was wondering what I could do for him before I take him to the vet since I live in an area where lizard vets are very few if any.

Hello Brad,
Do you have any pictures of the prolapse, how bad is it?
How long has it been prolapsed?

Go ahead & add 1-2 tablespoons to a small amount of warm water, then once it is dissolved add some cool water & soak him in it.  The sugar can help reduce some of the swelling in that area.
Then you can get some ky jelly or vaseline to keep the area moist.    
If you have any loose substrate, remove that so no dirt will get on the area to irritate it.
Can you review your tank set up too?
Do you have a good UVB light & if so, what type & brand is it?  How old is he & how often do you give calcium for him?

Let me know how he is doing.



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Tracie Kretzschmar


I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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