Sore on Lower Lip of Bearded Dragon Does Not Heal
Both my male and female bearded dragons have a sore or erosion of their bottom lips. This has only occurred since putting them in a metal wire cage where I assume they rub their chins against it trying to get out. The wounds form a scab but I notice there is a pale yellow coating forming over the sore. Should they have antibacterial treatment? How can I prevent this happening again?
Suggestions from our Vet on Treating a Sore Bearded Dragon Lip
Abrasions like those you describe on your lizards
can be caused when nervous animals repeatedly rub or bang their faces against the walls of their enclosure.
Preventing this behavior is essential to getting the wounds to heal. Switching to a terrarium with smooth walls (e.g., a glass aquarium) can help, but you may still find you need to cover some of sides to give the animals a sense of security. Providing more hiding places within the terrarium can also help keep the lizards calm.
I can’t say whether or not antibiotics are necessary without first examining your lizards. If you do not have a veterinarian, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians
website is a good place to start.
Jennifer Coates, DVM