Reptiles/bearded dragon

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Question
My bearded dragons anus is swollen and hes extremly sick .. what can I do to help him at home. And what may have caused this? Also could it be the meal worms ive been feeding him ?

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Hi Lesa,

Is there pink tissue visible? If so it sounds like prolapse. That is when tissue that should be inside the body comes out. It can be either intestinal tissue or hemipenile tissue (for males).

It is really considered a veterinary emergency but there are a few things you can do to help the situation until he can be seen by a vet.

The tissue should not be allowed to dry out or be injured. Put your dragon on newspaper and rinse the tissue then coat the tissue with some kind of oil. Even cooking oil will work.

Prolapses can have many causes. Impaction from mealworms or substrate can be one of them. Pinworm infections can also result in a prolapse with bearded. Calcium deficiency is another cause.  

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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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