Dragon the Bearded Dragon

Dragon had been kept with a number of other Bearded Dragons before her owner acquired her and probably hadn’t had anywhere suitable to lay her eggs. As a result she retained a number of eggs which started to press on her intestines and stop her from eating. With excellent care and the right habitat provided by her new owner she managed to lay 6 eggs but unfortunately the remaining eggs had become dehydrated and leathery and were completely stuck. Despite medical treatment no improvement in Dragon’s condition was seen.
The position of the eggs was confirmed with an ultrasound scan and the decision was made to operate to remove them. 

Dragon was sedated by injection and a tube was inserted into her windpipe to enable us to deliver anaesthetic gas and oxygen. 

Reptile anaesthetics can be challenging as they often hold their breath and we have to breathe for them

The incision was made in her abdomen to allow us to see the eggs.

Unfortunately they were sticking to the oviduct and could not be removed by incising it so the whole oviduct had to be removed. 
This will mean that Dragon will not be able to breed in future. 

After suturing the skin, Dragon was brought round from her anaesthetic. Initially she was very groggy and went very dark (definitely ‘off colour’!) but she rapidly came round and started to look perkier.

With a little bit of persuasion she managed to eat 2 crickets that night and 3 more the next morning before she was allowed to go home. Once at home she has started to tuck in and make up for lost time.