Pinworm In Bearded Dragons – What Exactly Is Pinworm

Pinworm in bearded dragons is very common, but what exactly is pinworm? Through this article we will dive into the signs, symptoms and treatment for pinworm.

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So what exactly are Pinworms?

Pinworms are a kind of nematode worm that are not visible to the naked eye. Another name for pinworms is threadworm and also seatworm. While it may be normal for your bearded dragon to have pinworms, your vet will will treat them if there is a problem. When your bearded dragon begins to develop symptoms like fecal obstruction and decrease in appetite then it is cause for concern.

Signs of pinworms in bearded dragons

When you know your bearded dragon very well and how it behaves then this will mean that you are able to identify when your little beardie is unwell. When your little beardie is suffering from pinworms or any other parasites of the intestines they will act differently to how they do when they are well.

You will notice things like lethargy and/or loss of appetite. These are signs of a parasitic infection. When your bearded dragon seems uninterested or depressed then pinworms should be seriously considered as the cause. Pinworms have a higher chance of still being present if your bearded dragon is suffering from dehydration, change in stool, diarrhea or weight loss.

Here is a list of the signs of pinworms and how to spot them:

  • Dehydration (wrinkled skin & sunken eyes)
  • Weight loss & poor body condition
  • Weakness (lying flat)
  • Lethargy or dullness (unaware of its surroundings)
  • Partial or complete anorexia (lack of appetite)

Symptoms of pinworms more specific to bearded dragons are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (abnormal or runny feces and/or cloacal soiling)
  • Blood tinged stool

Testing for Pinworms

Testing for pinworms in bearded dragons is very important. It is important to remember that any internal parasites (which of course includes pinworms). Will seriously deplete the amount of vitamins and nutrients your bearded dragon will receive from the food that they eat. If you think that it is suffering from any parasites in its stomach then you must take your bearded dragon to the vets immediately.

With pinworms being so small they are rarely visible to the naked eye, you will need to take your bearded dragon to the vet’s.

Your vet will be able to perform a microscopic fecal examination, which will allow your vet to detect any pinworms or other parasite’s in your bearded dragon’s feces that may be making it feel uncomfortable or unwell. Luckily if there is a problem your vet will be able to begin treatment immediately as test results are instant.

Treating pinworm in bearded dragons

Treatment of pinworms is administered through medication’s such as Fenbendazole and Pancur, these will be provided by your vet. Available in granular or liquid forms you will have no problem administering this medication to your bearded dragon. Your vet will inform you of the correct dosage needed for your beardie. Be aware that you may need to repeat any treatment to prevent re-infestation after any eggs ay have hatched.

Preventing infestation of pinworm in bearded dragons

Hygiene is the most important factor in preventing pinworms. Be sure to remove feces every day and replenish substrate between every two or three weeks. Use warm soapy water to clean any dishes daily, as well as removing any leftover food from the tank. Of course you should always wash your hands before and after handling your bearded dragon and any other reptiles that may carry pinworms.

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