Bearded dragon parasites are of various types.
Some parasites are common and some are not. We all know that a parasite is an organism that relies and lives on its host.
They cannot survive without a host, parasites get their food there, and the worst thing is as they live they also reproduce.
Later on, the host will be at a high risk of infection and will eventually die.
If you are a bearded dragon lover, assessment of your pet is much really important. Check the body of your pet if there is suspected parasites on it.
Or know how your beardie acts, if there are some differences then, you better bring your pet to the Vet.
The Types of Parasites
The parasites that reside on a bearded dragon body can be divided into two categories according to where it is located:
These parasites are very common in Bearded Dragons. It lives inside the body of the host, commonly vets found it in the intestines specifically on the gut lining.
The parasites can be transmitted to one bearded dragon to the other. Some of these parasites are coccidia, worms and flagellates.
From the word itself, external parasites are those that reside outside the body of the beardie. Mites are very common with this type of parasite.
The Bearded Dragon Parasites Symptoms
The symptoms of parasite problems on bearded dragons are classified as general.
They are not specific to bearded dragons only, most reptiles having parasitic problems are also having these kind of symptoms.
So as to really diagnose the problem, better bring your pet to the vet for examination.
Here are the general signs that you may see to your bearded dragon:
• Lack of appetite, can be partial or complete anorexia
• Poor body condition
• Weight loss
• Wrinkled skin
• Sunken eyes
• Generalized weakness
• Lies flat on the floor all the time
• Unaware of its surroundings
You can also see your pet dragon having these symptoms:
• Blood tinged stool
• Excessive vomiting
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How can You Prevent Bearded Dragon Parasites?
This is really a good question to know. The answer to this question composed of only two things which are Hygiene and Quarantine.
Perhaps the two most important aspects deal mainly on how the owner performs its role to prevent the occurrence of these parasites.
On a daily basis, you should clean the vivarium of your bearded dragon.
Clear all the stools on the area where they are living. Stools consist of bacterial parasites that might be eaten by your beardie.
Prevent infection as, much as possible.
You should have a bearded dragon Veterinarian so that on a regular basis, your pet will be checked.
It is better to always be sure, if you suspect your beardie has the illness, do not give medications that are not prescribed by your vet. You may just worsen the condition of your pet.
Parasites are important problems that must be identified early and medicated right away. With quarantine, it is about six months after a complete evaluation by your vet.
So as your go to the vet clinic, make sure to bring a stool sample for examination, as you go home and your vet has final diagnosis, you can immediately proceed to 6 months quarantine.
Quarantine helps a lot on recovering back the normal body of your beardie.
Bearded Dragon Parasite Treatment
As I said, do not treat your beardie without a proper examination from a veterinarian.
The treatment of parasite problems is very specific, and your Vet knows best on what to give to your bearded dragon for immediate treatment.