How do you treat tail rot in a bearded dragon?


Quick Answer

Get your bearded dragon treated for tail rot by visiting a professional. The most likely treatment method is surgery, which can vary in length depending on the amount of dead tissue.

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  1. Inspect the tail

    Inspect the tail for signs of tail rot, which can be triggered by an injury or improper shedding. This is most apparent if the tail is a different color from the rest of the body or if the skin on the tail does not shed when the lizard molts.

  2. See a veterinarian

    Find a veterinarian that specializes in reptiles. The vet puts the lizard to sleep and removes all the affected tissue. After the operation, keep the area clean to ensure it heals properly and does not infect other parts of the body.

  3. Prevent further problems

    Prevent future tail rot by following a few general rules. Do everything to prevent injury, including keeping bearded dragons separated from others of their species. Be especially careful when opening or shutting the door to the cage so that the tail does not get caught in it. Watch your animal when it sheds. If the skin on the tail is not coming off properly, bathe the lizard in warm water and spread olive oil on the tough patches.

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