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I recently got a bearded dragon lizard as a class pet. There was a snow storm today so I brought "Beardy" home in case I wasn't able to get back to the school over the weekend because of road conditions. I put Beardy in his carrier case I brought him home in when I bought him and packed up his habitat. I placed his case by me in the front and had the heater on. When I brought him in the apartment he was unresponsive at first so I quickly put him under his heat lamp and filled his water area with warm water. He became responsive and alert but his left arm is swollen and discolored. I feel horrible, I thought bringing him home would be safer. Do you know anything I can do for him? I plan on bringing him into the vet tomorrow as soon as the roads are drivable again, but is there anything else I can do before then?

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Hello Lori,

Oh poor thing.  Did he possibly hurt himself which caused his arm to become swollen?
Do you have a picture of him & the arm?
Just try to keep him warm over night, around 80 to help with stress levels.  Are his eyes dilated or normal?
Are you keeping him the carrier or did you wrap him in a little blankie for overnight?
Let me know how he is doing & how the vet visit went.

Tracie

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Tracie Kretzschmar

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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.

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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.

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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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