Reptiles/Bearded dragon


Hi, Tracie I have a question regarding my bearded dragon. He has a lump on his back not big bit it is noticeable he is not using the restroom regularly either. He has had it for three days we gave him a warm bath and he started looking like he was trying push it out but all that came was a very tiny string is there any thing else I can do for him.

Hello Tia,

Do you have any pictures of the bump on his back?  
Can you review your tank setup with me too, such as your UVB light, temperatures & the substrate, too.
How old is he?
How often do you give calcium for him?
What type of insects & other food are you feeding him?  
It sounds like he is impacted from something.  

You can try getting either some canned pumpkin or sugar free applesauce to mix with a drop or two of olive or mineral oil to help with impaction.  You can use a syringe or dropper to give him the mix.  Also try warm baths daily to help him out too.  

Keep his tank around 80 overnight to help his system expedite the process.
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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