Today Poppy, one of our bearded dragons, lost the fight for her life, after 18 difficult weeks. Poppy was one of our dragons bred from our first clutch this year. She did very well the first couple of weeks of her life, but it soon became apparent that she was the "runt" of the clutch, and wasn't growing with the other dragons, so we separated her and housed her alone so that we could keep a close eye on her progress. Poppy was a little hoover when it came to eating but she just didn't seem to be growing, and it soon became obvious that she had some king of blockage or impaction (we kept her on paper towels so it was obviously not a substrate impaction). We monitored her carefully and she was still excreting so she wasn't contipated. After a visit to the vet we were administering medication for impaction orally, every other day, but the vet warned us there was only a 50-50 chance, as she was unsure as to whether the blockage was a genetic disorder or whether we could help it. Sadly the medication didn't seem to be working, and there was nothing else we could do but wait and see.. at some point last night Poppy drifted off into an eternal sleep. I hope it was peaceful and I am so relieved that at least now she is hopefully in a better place, perhaps there is a peace in death that we could not give her in life. It was painful and devastating to lose her, but we did all we could - i just wish we could have done more. Poppy.. now I lay thee down to sleep, I pray the Lord your soul to keep,. If you should die before you wake, I pray the Lord your soul to take. Rest in peace. We love you. P.S. Just want to add a thank you to Donna (aka Steel Rip) - you are like a rock to my side, thank you for your support throughout a very difficult day.