While there are numerous creatures that can gain from occasional baths, what about your bearded dragon? When is it permissible to give your beardie a bath for these cute tiny lizards? Let’s examine the responses to these queries below, along with some advice on how to maintain the greatest possible appearance and well-being for your bearded dragon.
Do Bearded Dragons Need Baths?
To be quite clear from the outset, your bearded dragon does not require daily bathing or occasional soap cleaning, just like you might do for yourself or your dog. These harsh chemicals have the potential to cause serious harm to your beardie’s skin, eyes, and even death if consumed. In general, your reptilian friend doesn’t need a regular bath or shower, despite what most of us might think.
But on occasion, giving your beardie a quick soak in warm, filtered water that isn’t too hot or cold and has no soap or surfactants can be quite beneficial. Furthermore, extremely mild cleaning of specific body parts with warm water and a soft-bristle toothbrush may be beneficial. This is especially true if your pet is already experiencing shedding (more on this later).
A warm bath in water can be beneficial for your bearded dragon in a few different circumstances, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t give them any kind of soap.
When to Give Your Bearded Dragon a Bath
With a clearer understanding of what a bearded dragon “bath” comprises, let’s discuss the reasons your lizard may require a warm water soak in the first place. There are three primary causes or circumstances in which a warm soak for your beardie could be beneficial:
It’s shedding on your bearded dragon. This is the main reason why they can benefit from warm water (and, alternatively, a toothbrush with soft bristles). The warm water might aid in hydrating their skin and releasing the areas that are shedding. As a result, they will shed more readily and amicably, especially if the humidity in their enclosure isn’t quite high enough to encourage shedding.
Bearded dragon constipation is the result. A warm soak in a bathtub filled with regular water will help loosen up your pet’s bowels if they haven’t poop’d in a few days and you notice that their stomach appears a little swollen. In order to maintain the movement of their GI tract, they might also decide to drink from the water.
You have dehydrated your bearded dragon. As mentioned previously, some bears take pleasure in sipping from the water they are submerged in, which is an excellent way to keep them hydrated. Bearded dragons can also absorb some water through their vents, even though they can’t technically absorb it through their skin.
In addition to these three major health benefits, bathing your bearded dragon can strengthen your bond as a pair. This can assist both of you handle your beardie more easily and help them feel more at ease in your presence overall. Furthermore, a lot of bearded dragons just like to soak in warm water—don’t we all?
How to Prepare Your Bearded Dragon’s Bath
Let’s now examine how to give your bearded dragon pet a relaxing bath in a safe and efficient manner.
First of all, you should refrain from giving them a real bath in your washbasin or bathtub! This is due to the possibility that their surfaces may still contain residue from strong cleaners or soaps that you have previously used on the tub, other family members, or yourself. It is difficult to fully clean these surfaces and ensure that your beardie is completely safe to soak in. Additionally, there’s a good chance your pet will attempt to sip from the water or partially absorb it through their vent. For these reasons, you should give them a personal “bathtub” to use for bathing in order to keep them safe.
Fortunately, a particular miniature expensive bearded dragon bathtub doesn’t have to cost a fortune. It’s good to use a basic plastic container that’s deep and roomy enough to accommodate their whole body. Your beardie should ideally have adequate space to go about in comfort. In the unlikely event that your lizard decides to flee or gets frightened by anything outside, make sure the container is resting on a low, safe surface.
Getting the Water Ready
Next, depending on the size and age of your pet, fill the “tub” to the top with one to two inches of warm water. The ideal temperature is somewhere in the middle—not too hot, not too cold. An ideal temperature range to stick to is between 80 and 90 degrees.
Here, pay close attention to the water level. It should just be slightly deeper than the elbows of your lizard. Your pet runs the risk of drowning if the water is even slightly too deep, especially for a baby or juvenile bearded dragon. Additionally, they shouldn’t get any water in their ears. If your lizard so chooses, it should be able to lift and lower its head to comfortably drink from the water.
It’s time for your beardie to have a real dip now that the bath is ready!
How to Bathe Your Bearded Dragon
Now that your beardie’s tub is ready, gently lift them up and drop them into the heated water. Having a fresh, warm towel handy to pat them dry after soaking is a smart idea. Alternatively, you can use a spoon to carefully trickle tiny quantities of water along their back, avoiding their head and ears.
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to gently massage any areas where your bearded dragon’s skin is starting to relax if they are shedding. If the skin isn’t already actively falling off of their body, don’t scrub too hard or remove any of it by hand. Your beardie may often shed on its own, and taking off the skin too soon can cause harm to them.
Remember that it’s common for your bearded dragon to choose to urinate in the water. In fact, this is the desired outcome if your lizard has been constipated. In the event that this occurs, take your bearded dragon out of the water, set it on a fresh towel, and refill the water.
To prevent them from becoming too cold, immediately return them to their enclosure after using the towel to dry them off after their soak. Generally speaking, you should only soak your bearded dragon in their bath for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. Prior to each session, always take a clean, fresh bath. For all the reasons we discussed earlier, soaking once every two weeks can be advantageous! You can vary the number of times your beardie has baths from once a week to three times a week, depending on how much they enjoy it.