Hi, I'm new here and I'm 13 in a month. I've had my Bearded Dragon, Sandy (long story. we used to think "he" was a "she" anyway...) for about ten months. About three months ago he had started showing signs of an illness called "Gout". Gout occurs when the uric acid crystals are deposited in the limbs and kidneys. It causes a lot of swelling. Dad did some research and found out that the only reported articles on Gout are on mammals. Usually seen in humans and rarely seen in animals let alone reptiles. So the only thing I could do was bathe him twice a day and give him only 2 roaches, plus A LOT of greens. So that's what I did up to 4 days ago. He had been really swollen (more so than usual) , and without us noticing he fell off his log and under the heat light on his back. When we found him we pulled him out and put him in lukewarm water. He rapidly heated up the water, his body temp. was up so high. We didn't know if he had cooked any important organs, therefore we didn't know if he was going to make it the night. We took out his log and hoped he'd make it. Well, he had. The thing was that he was acting REALLY sick (barely keeping his eyes open, hardly ever moving, etc.). but the day before yesterday he suddenly got a new symptoms, paralysis. He couldn't move his hips, back legs, and his cloaca was hanging open. He acted as if he was going to die that day. He didn't and is still alive. His cloaca isn't open anymore but he's still acting a bit..well.. off. I've been giving him daily " Therapy" which is when I put him in our bathtub and move his paralized joints. But now he is Falling asleep ( literally he CANT stay awake and you can't wake him up unless you dangle him upside down) constantly, even in the water. He just go's under but doesn't wake up to get himself out. SO I pull him out as soon as it happens, but even so he still has inhaled a good bit of water. Earlier he wouldn't wake up even when i dangled him. I thought for sure he was dead because I couldn't see him breathing. I dunked him one last time for a feeble attempt to wake him and he awoke but looked terrible. I don't know what to do. He is just suffering. I'm pretty sure he isn't going to make it but it would be nice if any of you had ANY information to share. I'm doing all I can but it doesn't feel like enough. I'm racing against the clock until his death. PLEASE if you have any info that could possibly help don't hesitate and go ahead and post.