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How We Saved this Dying Bearded Dragon

(mellow music) – This is Ellie, the bearded dragon. Now, she probably looks
pretty bad right now, but this is actually the best that she’s looked in quite a while. So today I wanted to
go over how we got her, how she was when she
came in, her backstory, and what we’ve done to
essentially save her from dying, ’cause we thought she was dead originally, so it’s a fun story. Before we get into this
very sad, very sick beardie, there’s lots of happy,
healthy beardies now available at, if
you’re looking for one. We ship to almost anywhere in the USA with overnight shipping. That is not a fake
beardie, that’s a real one, and that one’s for sale. If you’re watching this in the future, the inventory might be different, but I’d recommend you checking it out and seeing what we’ve got, ’cause currently I believe
there are eight on the site. Also, I’ve been kind of sick myself, so if my voice sounds weird, that’s partially been
why I haven’t uploading, and why I might sound weird, so, yeah. So someone contacted us
through Emerald Scales because they had a bearded dragon that they got from their father’s friend that went to the army and was
not caring for this dragon. She came in a 20-gallon and
there weren’t a ton of details, other than the fact that they, quote, weren’t sure when she last ate. So basically, her condition in the picture was pretty hard to tell. This is the image we were
sent by the previous owner or the kind of rescuer of
her that sent her to us. The quarter was just for scale, but you can see she’s
just kinda lying flat. And when we unboxed her, she
was completely unresponsive. And it’s always iffy deciding
whether certain animals should be shipped to us in the mail, based on the condition
that they’re in, basically, and we didn’t exactly
realize how sick she was. So if we did, we probably
would’ve been a lot more cautious having shipped her, ’cause sometimes we do decline
sick animals for that reason. But we went ahead and did ship her, and thankfully, she did
arrive alive, but barely. We very quickly set up a vet appointment with the vet that I was using, which I’m not a big
fan of that vet anymore because of my experiences
with some of these animals, so unfortunately I don’t like my vet now, and that is like sixth of
seventh vet that I’ve used, so that’s kind of disappointing. I’ll talk about that a bit as well. Now, because we were in a rush to just get this animal
stable, you could say, I guess, or just basically keep her
alive until that appointment, we got anything that we
could in her nutrition-wise. So we just set her up in a tub with some really nice warmth, a water bowl that’s not too
deep but not too shallow to make sure she doesn’t drown in it, but she couldn’t move anyway. She was unable to walk
because she was just so weak, and it was pretty depressing. So we decided to kind of
just get something in her. We would just make a little smoothie of what she would eat normally. We grabbed the blender, put some collards, and some crickets, and some water, blended it up, and put it in a syringe. We syringe-fed her this really gross mix. I tried it myself, it wasn’t, wasn’t great, it needed
some sugar, but it was okay, and it was something to just kind of get a little bit of sugar in her. I think we might have put some
strawberries in it as well, a little just nutrition,
a little moisture, and some energy to keep her
going until the appointment. We were monitoring her
as closely as we could, and at some points it
wasn’t possible to tell if she was even breathing, and I genuinely thought she
died like four or five times over the course of the
time that we’ve had her the past two to three weeks or so, ’cause it’s been really bad. Her vet appointment was
set up and we went to that, I think it was a day or two after calling to set the appointment up, and I was curious to see
what the vet’s opinion was, and it really was no different
than what I expected. So they ended up
prescribing her with Tazicef which is a type of antibiotic, and we purchased some omnivorous mix to actually mix up in
a syringe and feed her instead of just veggies. We already knew we would need
antibiotics and this mix, and this wasn’t very helpful, the physical did nothing for her. And one of the things about this vet is although they’ve been
one of the most trustworthy, they don’t seem to be worried
about cross-contamination. We brought a second animal with us that had a simple respiratory infection. All we needed was a prescription
for the antibiotics, and they ended up not washing their hands in between the animals. They ended up using the
same tongue depressor for the two animals, and they ended up using
the same tub to weigh them. And unfortunately, this is not the first
time they’ve done this. Maybe I’ll go over some vet experiences, but I’m gonna kinda rant
about vets quite a bit. I did a post about this on Instagram, and it was just pretty
annoying and disappointing, and they weren’t helpful at all. Because fun fact, Tazicef is
the drug that’s been prescribed for the last five or six
sick animals that I’ve had. They’ve given it to us for
everything from unknown diseases, to respiratory infections,
to injured jaws, to exterior problems,
and all sorts of other just really random issues
that aren’t related. Basically it’s just always
Tazicef, no mater what vet I use. And so I kind of complained about this in that Instagram post
and people were like, “Well, yeah, ’cause it’s a
drug that works for everything, “of course you’re gonna use it, “so the vet’s still right here.” Which I don’t disagree with
this, but it’s kind of annoying having to pay the vet this upcharge for something that we know
we’re gonna have to use. So we ended up just buying
a massive bottle of Tazicef so we just have a ton of it, and we’ve now been basically
treating the animals that we believe need it ourself
without that vet’s opinion. Now, this is very risky to do if you haven’t worked
with a lot of animals, but we’re kind of like a
small team at this point that’s worked with
about 300 animals or so, and so I’d say we’re
confidently giving the animals the right antibiotics as needed. And thankfully, the Tazicef has worked. It’s injected into their front
legs, into the muscle there. It’s pretty simple to inject a reptile. If you’re doing it for the first time, I would recommend that you have
a vet show you how to do it. And so she was put on that, and then the carnivore
mix, you just mix up, put in with water, and feed
it to them very slowly. So she just had a little dosage
that she’s been given daily. And again, even after
these first few treatments, we came to find her what
we believed to be dead. But she wasn’t somehow. So this has been the most stressful and most unhealthy bearded
dragon that we’ve had yet, and it’s been really sad to
see her just lying there. I was thoroughly concerned
that her quality of life was not worth keeping her
alive for just how bad she was. At certain points, her
mouth was just wide open because she didn’t seem to
have the strength to close it and her tongue was
literally just lying out. And so she just looked really bad throughout this whole process. But after the injections
of Tazicef continued, and the syringe feedings continued, and also daily baths to kind
of get extra moisture in her, get her nice and warm, keep
her clean, help her pass stool, she continued to do this. The vet actually
recommended that we do blood and stool samples. I did decide to opt out of blood because it didn’t seem super necessary, and then I did do the stool sample, or at least I paid for it and
I was going to bring it back, but then we realized that a
stool sample doesn’t show a ton. It mostly shows whether an
animal has parasites or not, like that’s the number
one thing they look for in a stool sample, and we were
already extremely confident that the animal did not have parasites. A, the vet said it probably didn’t, which again, vet opinions can be iffy. B, the animal is grown up, so usually an animal’s going
to be extremely stunted, and although it’s still pretty
small, it’s bigger than, like if a baby basically
came in with parasites, it would stay really small ’cause the parasites are
taking most of that nutrition. They still might grow a little bit, but I would expect it
to be bigger than this. On top of that, we know that it was in
captivity its entire life, so it didn’t pick it
up throughout its life. There were not other
reptiles with this one, so we know it didn’t get
parasites from something else, and it was basically not fed,
but then when it was fed, it was fed things that
would not have parasites, like captor-bred insects. So basically, the stool sample
was just a waste of $70, and I’m gonna ask for that money back ’cause I didn’t even bring that in ’cause it feels unnecessary, and she’s doing a lot better now. So it was kind of a weird
little just like addition onto the bill for no reason, which has kind of annoyed me a little bit. But that aside, I’m very confident she
does not have parasites. It seems that she was
just neglected so badly, she was so malnourished,
and just so neglected, that she was just barely
holding on to life, but she seemed to pull
through pretty well. So this is how she looks
now after about two weeks of injections, and the syringe feeding, and the daily baths to keep
her warm and everything. And then other than that, she’s just been chilling
under a nice, warm lamp, she has been warming up under her nice, warm lamp ever since. And now we have this beardie, and it is super cool to see the difference and super rewarding to see
just how much she has changed. Now, the best part ever, is when I saw her walk for the first time. It was like a little baby
taking its first steps, but actually cool ’cause babies are gross and this beardie is not. And so her being able to
walk around on her own and get to her bowl, soak when she wants, and
not soak when she doesn’t, and be under her heating when she wants and then move away when she doesn’t, that’s the most exciting
thing to see in this animal. So there’s been a lot of different animals with pretty sad conditions
that have been coming through, and I’m definitely gonna show you more, but I think Ellie’s one of the coolest that we’ve seen change so far, so I wanted to kind of go
over her little adventure of near death to lively again. And you can see her now,
she’s moving around, she’s looking around, she
can keep her eyes open, she can keep her mouth closed, lots of very nice things that we’ve seen, which makes me really excited
for future sick beardies. And that sounds weird, ’cause I don’t want future sick
beardies, but let’s be real, we’re gonna get future sick
beardies, it’s inevitable. It’s part of what we do,
it’s how it’s gonna be. And I’m very happy to say
that we’ll be confident taking in those as they come, so yeah. So Ellie is not perfect yet, I would like her to gain some weight, she still looks a bit dehydrated, and she still needs to gain more energy. Although she’s kind of lively right now, I think her energy’s gonna
be used up pretty quickly and she’s gonna need a
long rest after this video, which is expected because she
is a recovering little baby. I don’t actually know how
old she is, she’s not a baby, she’s at least a few years old, probably. Is it even female? Yeah, it is, okay. So my regrets and things
that I would change throughout this process is I want to say I would
not ship her again, but it ended up working out, so I’m happy that she was shipped to us. She came pretty far too, I believe she might have come
from California or something. I might be thinking of
a different beardie, and we’re in North Carolina, so it was a pretty far way to
get the help that she needed, but I’m happy that we did it. I’m very unhappy with my vet right now. I’ll continue bringing up
my concerns to the vet, and I’ve just overall
extremely disappointed with all of the veterinary
service that I’ve gotten throughout running this company. We do not have a vet on-call, we simply go to vets that we trust and usually we can get
a pretty decent discount because we’re considered a, quote, rescue. We’re legally not a rescue,
we’re not a non-profit, but we do rescue animals, so
we get that rescue discount. And even then, it’s still just overpriced. Like for example, the
stuff I get for parasites, I forgot the name off the top of my head, but it’s just an oral dose of liquid that helps kill those parasites. It’s like $30 for teeny-tiny
little doses for the animals. We can get a full bottle of it
on Amazon for like 15 bucks, so a lot of it’s just
markup to make money. And of course, a lot of vets
do care about the animals, almost certainly not all of them. So I would like to do a full video on my thoughts on veterinarians
and my experiences, but this is just the most recent one because a lot of it had to do
with what Ellie went through, and the money that we wasted. Now, in the end, we did not waste it because everything did help her out, but there’s some things
that we shouldn’t have done, and that I won’t do,
for example, her fecal. Now either than that, I impressed that she does not
have metabolic bone disease. Her spinal structure looks
good, her legs look good, her face is properly fit together, her jaw has grown in really nicely, and her eyes look super lively now, things that I would have
expected to be very different based on the husbandry
that she was raised in. So this person that went to the military, I don’t know if she had
the right enclosure, but she was just neglected otherwise, or if everything was wrong, ’cause they didn’t know when she last ate, which I still think is weird. So the goal is to have
her up and available. We’re not rushing on it,
we’re gonna take our time, I’m sure it’ll be at least
another number of weeks or maybe even a month plus or whatever to make sure she is perfect and really not gonna
like relapse or anything, but it’s looking good. So it’s been a while
since I’ve done a video, and there’s hair in her
mouth for some reason. It’s been about two weeks
since my last video, I think, over two weeks, actually, there’s been a lot going on,
there’s a lot of animals here, and I was also sick for like
four days, so that didn’t help. But things have been
going generally very well, and a lot of the animals that
you saw or might have seen, if you haven’t watched it, you should, of the sick animals that
we currently have in rehab, all of them are doing a lot better and I’m really excited
to show you those as well and feature them in some videos. So that’s Ellie, the
bearded dragon that came from basically dying to
this that we see here, a pretty, almost happy,
maybe a little annoyed, but pretty happy bearded dragon. If you’d like to recommend
things to put on the sign, you can join the membership. Members now get 10% off
all Emerald Scales animals at any time. Basically you go to, you sign up for five bucks a month, you can cancel whenever you
want, believe it or not, I don’t trap you forever. And you get those discounts,
you get early access to videos, you get your name on the video like this, and then like I said, you can recommend things
to put on the sign. There’s the sign. That beardie, along with many others, are for sale at And some of these animals
are, of course, a bit pricier, like I think that one’s over $200 and 10% is over 20 bucks on that, even though a new membership
is just five bucks. So maybe it’s worth it, I don’t know. The money goes towards everything here, it goes towards obviously my salary, along with things like these animals and really helping them out, so it’s very much so appreciated, and thanks to the members. Until then, I’m looking forward
to showing you more animals that we got coming in and getting better. So I’m Alex, and thanks for watching. (mellow music)


  1. Mandie Jean Author

    So glad you rescued her and that she's doing much better. Beardies are so sweet and I hate seeing them discarded. I hate seeing any reptiles discarded. It is a sad mindset that reptiles are so disposable. People need to learn from mistakes and not get any animal if they can't take care of them. ☹️ Thank you Alex for doing what you do! This made me cry out of sadness then out of joy. Reptiles are awesome and I'm glad you help change poor mindsets and that you care so much about the reptile community! Your enclosures are always awesome and you set such a great example for everyone!

  2. Kotomoori Author

    Hello Alex, I’m the previous owner of Ellie. I can’t thank you enough. I loved and love Ellie so much, and seeing her already getting back to your old self brings me to tears. I loved her so much, and I knew it was time when I brought her outside with me one day, and she could barely move. I couldn’t stop crying, and I believed it was all my fault. It likely was. I am a senior in highschool and my dad is deployed, and my mother and I don’t have much money, and there were no vets around that could help. I have another Beardie as well who is happy and healthy, and I just couldn’t figure out why, and I knew if I couldn’t provide for her, I needed someone else who could. And I have watched your channel for so long, and after trying different powders, and different home remedies for different things. I knew there was nothing else I could do. Thank you Alex, with all my heart. Thank you for helping my dear Ellie. Seeing her happy makes me cry tears of joy. Thank you!!!!!!!!

  3. Madyy N Author

    Do you perhaps have the name of the parasite medication from amazon? I recently took in a very sickly baby bearded dragon diagnosed with parasites and I’m looking for a good oral medication for one

  4. Frog Author

    I have a beardie who doesn’t have either of her front legs. She gets around just fine but she was housed with a male so she constantly was breeding and after the male decided her arms were going to be breakfast then he jumped out of the tank and got eaten by dogs a few weeks later. They were both on sand and had mites so that was fun to deal with.

  5. cowboy515geek Author

    Hey love your content man, came across you when I was doing research on leopard gecko care, been a fan ever since, great content and glad to see your still saving our scaly friends.

  6. Mason Nestor Author

    I've been watching this channel for about a year now. Saving reptiles is a dream hobbie/job for me. This video made me emotional being a beared dragon owner.

  7. Sweet Ti Author

    What is the antiparasitic medicine called that you found on Amazon? I live in Alaska where exotic vets aren't very common and I have to drive hours to reach one.

  8. Gabriel Freitas Author

    Like your content. Disliked the video because giving non-prescripted antibiotics. Were it any other medicine, I could not care less. Antibiotics and antiviral should not be used freely to any animals, humans or plants. It can and will lead to resistance, sooner or later. Using it more often and without need will only cause resistance to appear sooner.
    I don't care how bad or good are your local vets. You are a college degree, many hours of study and many hours of clinical experience away from the capacity to know when and how to prescribe antibiotics. The possible awfulness of your local vets (personally I think you may expect too much of them, but I can't know because I don't experienced them myself) is sad but is not an excuse for indiscriminately use of antibiotics. If you don't like paying, just hire or cut a deal with a local vet for cheaper and more frequent visits. Antibiotics are no toy/ordinary product, don't matter what Unitedstadians may think and sell on tv.

  9. Erin Estes Author

    Seeing her walk around on your hands as you;re talking about the vet, is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a long time. I know that sounds so silly but, the amount of care and love and effort that you have put into this creature is a direct reflection of how well she is doing now. I know that there's still progress to be made but, seeing her as good as she is now compared to how she was when you first got her, makes my heart happy <3 Thank you so much for giving this animal a loving home and a chance to be healthy and happy.

  10. Sa Ga Author

    Ok, I simply love you! Thank u for the amazing work you do and the genuine heart you put into it.

    She's gorgeous (and so glad she fared far better than your cactus!)!! She deserves a wonderful home (yours…..? 😉) and many years of spoiling! ❤❤❤

  11. Meg Mani Author

    How incredible is it how a couple weeks of TLC made such a HUGE difference with miss Ellie!
    We had a similar situation with an Iguana who was kept in an all glass vivarium (if you could even call it that) with little to no air flow and absolutely no temperature control in the front of a bar, outside, being fed MAYBE once or twice every month.
    I had recieved a message from a friend asking if me and my husband wanted an Iguana. I was very iffy at first because I had little experience with Iguanas, however when he had explained the situation, my husband and I drove 3 hours to go pick up Coco.
    Coco was a five year old Iguana that was just over 3 feet from nose to tail. He actually was at the house next to the bar because the owner (of the bar) had asked the man next door to watch him while the bar underwent construction. When the bar opened back up when construction was complete, they never took Coco back (thankfully).
    The family we recieved him from had had him for just about a month before we were contacted. They had no experience with reptiles whatsoever but they did their best to research what exactly Coco needed.
    Unfortunately, we had coco for exactly a month before we were forced to euthanize him. We had taken him into the vet immediately after getting him and he was prescribed antibiotics (surprise! Tazicef) as well as some calcium/vitamin supplements. He had a toe that was deformed and a bit curly, and fearing the worst, they kept him under observation for a few days before sending us home with him with a strict diet and husbandry routine.
    He was doing well! His spines that were once gray and floppy were starting to look healthier and he was even getting more color on him! He was even finally warming up to us as much as cuddling with me while watching movies without trying to whip me with his tail before we noticed one morning that he was having trouble walking. We wrapped him up in some towels and blankets (mid january) and headed straight to the emergency exotic vet about an hour away. We gave them all the details of his enclosure, basking temperature, if he was eating/drinking, how often we would soak him, and what food/supplements he was taking. They informed us that he had endured poor conditions for far too long and that he had developed Metabolic Bone Disease. They told us that the best option for him would be to put him down.
    I was a wreck when this happened because I was starting to think he would pull through and live a healthy, long lizard life. I thought I was doing something wrong even with the vet reassuring me that we were doing everything right. Im sure there were things we could have done differently and that hurts me to this day, 2 years later.
    As much as I'm not a fan of Iguanas, I loved my Coco, and wouldn't trade my time with him for the world.
    It's just a shame that people (or businesses in our case) exist that could ever put a creature into a situation where the odds are against them.
    Bless you and everyone at Emerald Scales for being such wonderful people.

    We did file a report with the local (to the bar) police station and management was changed shortly after. We aren't sure if it was because of Coco, and nobody (to our knowledge) was charged with animal abuse/neglect.

  12. Reborn momma 129 Author

    I just took in two of the beardies from the Craigslist add you retweeted. About to reach the point of syringe feeding with one of them. This vid came out at a good time 😂❤️

  13. Viola Peak Author

    This isn’t related to this video but you guys should make a tiktok and put short informative videos! Tiktok is FILLED with bad pet keeping and I y’all are so good at making videos

  14. Luke W Author

    Most vets in this country are owned by a few corporations who don't give a crap about animals. Their primary interest is to fleece pet owners as much as they can and corner the market so they don't have any competitors. I took my dog to the vet recently and they charged me $100 for a basic 2 minute physical exam. A few days later I came back to them to get the results of a blood test and they did the same crappy physical again and charged me another $100, with no mercy. One predatory company owns 10 vet clinics and animal hospitals in my area.

  15. Th3Hoonigan121 Author

    Why dont you go through vet tech school it takes roughly 18 months and can help with your reacue! You could work part time with a vet with exotics. But all in all i think what you and your non-profit are doing an amazing job and if and when i decide to get my next reptile your website will be my first and mist likely only stop!! Keep herping

  16. Ash Author

    "a lot of it's just markup to make money" – it's almost like vets have a business to run and bills to pay 🤷🏼‍♀️ i mean i don't disagree, some things at vets can be really expensive but you have the choice to source them elsewhere if you want to.

  17. stefanie mortelmans Author

    Luckily i have a very good vet living nearby. She treats every animal and loves my snakes and my cat 💜 she really cares about the animals and doesn't see it as just another client. She's also very on point with the hygiene 🙂

  18. Yato_ Pickle Author

    Would get a bearded dragon but I honestly can't afford to have one right now. Rip ma life 💀
    (I afford to purchase the beardie itself but not to keep it healthy ot vet cost)

  19. Pain Nightmare Author

    I would really be interested in one of your 2 male bearded dragon but I am situated in germany. Hope you will deliver to Europe some time in the future

  20. Lhae Greenleaf Author

    I’m going to try my god damn hardest to adopt this baby once she’s ready. I’ve never felt so attached to a reptile I’ve never met. Especially a beardie. I need to be her mother.

  21. Vera Mane Author

    DUDE! I cannot believe that beardie stayed so still most of the video! It was so distracting I couldnt tell if it was a sculpture or real 😅

  22. Justmaghookit Author

    have you thought about networking and reaching out to other people doing similar rescues/rehomes in other parts of america so if a sick animal needs care it doesn't have to risk getting shipped so far? I figure there are plenty of people out there who'd be willing to help!

    I'm glad this beardie is making a nice recovery and i hope she goes on to a loving home after all she's been through! It's so nice to see people putting in the work for all these little guys.

  23. It's not cool to make blanket statements about vets, based upon the limited number of experiences you've had, in comparison to the 1000's of veterinary professionals across the USA & globally. Yes, there are "bad" or inexperienced practitioners as with any profession, and it's unfortunate if that's what you've seen, but to trash everyone is an unfair narrative.

  24. TheAngryDwarf Author

    Im having trouble with an arizona mountain king at the moment. He has always been a picky eater,but we have recently found a lump in the lower 3rd of his body, about 2 inches up from then vent. He is not a proven male, the temps have been up and down recently so could be a bound egg?
    But its most likely constipation, i was wondering if anyone has any advice that i could do myself before taking him to a vet?
    Ive tried soaking him in water for 10-15 mins but he kept sneezing/hissing because of the water so we took him out after 10. Shall i keep trying to soak him? And if so how often should i do it? Everyday or every week?
    Its not for a stuck shed so weekly doesnt make sense to me. But i dont want to stress him out that much so he wont poop.
    Sorry for the weird comment. Dont really trust anyone around me and this community seems to actually care.
    Thanks for any help given. It will be used and appreciated by our little pyromelana/ AMK.

  25. Felicia Larsen Author

    This animal is the perfect example of an owner not knowing anything about the animal they got. If an owner has read up on an animal before buying/adopting it, they wouldn't end up like this.
    As someone who DIDN'T do this, and was just given an exotic pet as a child, I can truly say it is irresponsible. I'm 27 now, with a wealth of knowledge taught to me by amazing breeders (and the pet I was given as a child is today a healthy old geezer, despite not having gotten the nutrition and care his species so desperately needed all those years ago).

    I've also come to not trust a single vet. Sad to say, but vets don't do much. They can operate, and do bloodworks and things of such. But they very rarely know anything about the animal they're handling, and just end up wasting the owners money.
    One of my pets got wrongly treated by my exotic vet (the ONLY exotic vet in my county), and I had to demand an x-ray and send the picture to a qualified pedigree breeder that can read x-rays to get a proper answer. The vet didn't know that what my beloved pet DID have is a death sentence to all rodent. I only use "professional" help nowadays to get bloodwork, x-rays, and emergency care if needed. I know more than my vet anyway, and I owe my pets to be educated, otherwise I'm not fit to be their owner.

    And yes, my beloved Dani did die. I had her booked to be euthenized but she didn't want to wait for that day and was in a hurry. And the day after my vet called me and gave me the THREE weeks late bloodworks… Needless to say I was very angry. My pet didn't die because of the problem on the x-ray, she died because of liver failure, something that I should have gotten the answer to sooner, and thus I could have gotten her put down sooner to save her from her fate.

    Long story short, get educated before getting an animal. You owe the animal that.

  26. Michael bonj Author

    Yea well I took my hognose to the vet for a respiratory infection he was showing all the signs and the vet told me he was fine then his next feeding saliva started dripping out of his mouth so now I’m trying your method

  27. Joanna Author

    As someone about to go to vet school, I would be super interested in a video about your vet experiences. I want to know how to make the field better and create the best experiences for clients

  28. Blaze Nyah Author

    This raises a question: How do you balance heating on an animal that is to ill to move?
    Like do you have a more strict on off cycle? or do you move her around the cage?

  29. Axqu7227 Author

    If you want a great vet facility and you're in New Jersey, the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ has amazing staff, sanitary facilities, a great background in exotics, and a lot of really caring people. They were willing to do bloodwork on a tomato frog, which is super rare

  30. Wallabies Author

    Thank you so much for taking her and helping her. When my sister and I took Ellie in she was pretty weak, like when you received her. I'm pretty sure she was an unresearched purchase in her previous family. I think they got her because "my daughter wanted a beardie so we got a beardie" and that was that, but no one took care of her. In fact, the only reason we knew Ellie was a girl was because I searched up how to sex beardies on google and hoped I was right (Since I've never done it) She had started to perk up after we fed her, she was actually quite energetic. She would go crazy when she saw the feeding chopsticks, my sister said Ellie was actually our best eater. (We have another beardie, and he is doing great!) And we always put calcium on her food, so that's probably why she doesn't have MBD. Then she started to relapse again, and it was just out of our hands. She would go to the darkest corner and lay there for hours. I tried to bathe her and then force her into the light, but she quickly retreated back to the corner. No vets around us looked at beardies, so we went online to find some powder to help her pass potential parasites. (Sense we really had no idea what was wrong) At that point, we had to force food down her throat. Nothing was changing and we knew she was beyond our help. I cannot truly express how much this means to us. Despite everything, I think she's really lucky to be saved by you guys. I'm truly excited to see how her future goes, and I'm even more pumped seeing all these comments wanting this sweetheart! Again, thank you guys so much for everything.

  31. the welsh family zoo Author

    I like goherping and have for a long time but this just in essance seemed like complaining about going to a vet and being told what he already knew as if he wanted the vet to find something else just to make him more useful. And he complains about the focal that he agreed to, like fair enough change your mind and ask for your money back but why complain if you agreed to it. And lastly yes it is expensive and you get a discount so feel for people that don't make a living from their rescues.

  32. inmydarkesthour 22 Author

    Maybe some vets see reptiles as different from other pets in how they should be treated….maybe seen as tougher or not as vulnerable….idk sucks though….

  33. Maggie Kennedy Author

    If you hadn't had her shipped she would likely be dead. Glad you got her. I wish you had an amazing exotic vet locally that you could have confidence in. It is just reassuring to know my vet is there for my animals if and when we need them

  34. Eli Duran Author

    I concur. Babies are gross. Ive been babysitting a 3 year old since she was 1 and a 1 year old since he was only a few months. Now my brother’s baby too. I can confidently say I would rather keep buying snakes over having a kid 😆

  35. elliewellie Author

    There is one vet in the entire world I trust with my snake. She's a family friend with LOTS of experience with exotics. She is also a snake breeder on the side and has been for decades.


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