Bearded dragons are easily one of the most commonly kept species of reptile within the pet owning community and their popularity seems to just continue to grow year after year.
Although bearded dragons are generally seen as an easy to keep reptile, they can have some issues and more recently, we have noticed people reaching out and asking various questions about their pet bearded dragon blowing bubbles so we decided to go over the issue in this article.
The two most common reasons that a bearded dragon will blow bubbles is either due to an upper respiratory infection or due to reflux.
Thankfully, both are easy to treat and should be handled within two to three weeks of the correct medication helping to get your bearded dragon back to full health as quickly as possible.
The issue is that if your bearded dragon is blowing bubbles, especially while breathing heavily then it can be difficult for the majority of people to work out the exact cause of the problem.
This is why you really should be looking to get the advice of a veterinarian as soon as possible so they are able to diagnose the problem and provide you with the correct medication as quickly as possible.
Due to modern technology, you are able to book a video call with a veterinarian and have them check your bearded dragon via the camera on your smartphone with these calls usually being much cheaper than a trip to your local vets office.
What Causes A Bearded Dragon To Blow Bubbles?
The two most common reasons that a bearded dragon will blow bubbles is due to an upper respiratory infection or reflux but there are some less common causes too.
The less common causes can include ingestion of substrate or dehydration but these will usually have other symptoms helping you narrow down the cause of the bubble blowing.
All of the more common causes of a bearded dragon blowing bubbles will usually need their own specific treatment due to having a unique cause rather than a blanket fix of antibiotics like some other problems that bearded dragons can suffer from.
This is why you really should be booking a video call with a veterinarian to have them assess the health of your pet bearded dragon as soon as possible.
We have seen people dismissing the possibility of their bearded dragon blowing bubbles being due to having an upper respiratory infection due to not showing any other signs of an upper respiratory infection but this is a common mistake
.Depending on the severity of the infection, your pet bearded dragon may not always show the other symptoms but an upper respiratory infection in bearded dragons can prove fatal if left untreated and it is unlikely that your pet bearded dragon will be able to deal with the issue itself.
How Can You Treat A Bearded Dragon Blowing Bubbles?
If your bearded dragon is blowing bubbles due to an upper respiratory infection then you can treat the issue with antibiotics from a vet.
If your bearded dragon is blowing bubbles due to reflux, there are a number of digestive aids as well as tweaks to your bearded dragon’s diet that you are able to make to correct the bubble-blowing situation.
As you can probably guess, if your bearded dragon is blowing bubbles due to being dehydrated then you treat the issue by hydrating your bearded dragon with water.
Although this may sound simple, it really can be a challenge as some bearded dragons much rather splash and play in their drinking water rather than actually drink it even if they are thirsty and dehydrated.
This is where a cheap drinking syringe can be beneficial as it allows you to put water into your bearded dragon’s mouth without harming them and increasing the chances of them drinking.
In some situations though, you may have no choice but to take your dehydrated bearded dragon who is blowing bubbles to the veterinarians to have them hooked up to a drip to hydrate them and potentially save their life.
Should You Be Worried About A Bearded Dragon Blowing Bubbles?
Depending on the cause, a bearded dragon blowing bubbles can be a serious problem and be fatal in some situations if it is due to dehydration or an upper respiratory infection.
If the bubble blowing is due to reflux you should still try to correct the problem as soon as possible as it affects your bearded dragons’ quality of life and nutrient intake but is usually not fatal.
This is why you will commonly see people on social media who keep pet bearded dragons reaching out for help and assistance on the condition of their bearded dragon when they start to blow bubbles.
Thankfully, unlike some other advice that we have seen on social media, the majority of people tend to recommend that you get a vet involved as soon as possible due to it being a well-known problem that can be serious with your bearded dragons.
We have seen some people on social media suggest that they feel their bearded dragon is blowing bubbles due to allergies but this is very rare and there is minimal documentation out there on this.
Even if this is the case for your situation, you should still probably be vetting a veterinarian involved as soon as possible.
That brings our article going over why your pet bearded dragon is blowing bubbles to an end. We not only hope that we have been able to help you get an idea of the potential cause of your bearded dragon blowing bubbles but we also hope that we have helped you understand how serious this issue can potentially be. We really would recommend that you get professional advice from a veterinarian as soon as possible to help get your bearded dragon on the mend as soon as possible.