Now I see why ppl talk down on buying reptiles from big name pet stores I’ve had my bearded dragon for three months and just realized after doing so much research on care and different morphs or what not my beautiful bearded dragon has tail rot like I feel that’s so negligent on the store behalf I was wondering can I sue a pet store for this??? Any help is appreciated
I’d say there is no legal recourse in this situation.
You’d need to prove that the tail rot was present from the start, and didn’t start under your care, which is pretty impossible.
AND, you purchased the animal, which shows the store you accepted the condition it was in.
Unfortunately there is likely nothing you can do other than get your beardie proper treatment, and either stop buying from chain stores due to the negligent conditions OR properly assess and look over animals you want to purchase there before making a committment
Unfortunately in this case a have to agree with @cmills these box stores sell product and they know how to legally represent (or misrepresent) their “product” to have little to no responsibility. You could go back to the pet store and talk to the manager and see if he will at least give your purchase price back, hopefully anyway. Good luck, sorry for your situation.
@cmills is correct here. On top of everything already stated, most pet stores have a refund & return policy applicable to animal purchases, which is usually 30 days, max. Knowing what to look for health wise, as well as signs of diseases, parasites, or injuries is one of the most often overlooked aspects of buying a new pet, and pet stores count on that to be able to sell animals with problems that won’t be immediately noticed.
Thanks a lot guys that’s why I love it here anyway I’ve been treating her tail rot with betadine and she has vet appointment soon so hopefully I don’t have to amputate pray for me
Hey @kreze! I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet little beardie. As stated in the above posts your chances of recouping any of the money you paid for your guy are slim and none.
Sometimes wholesale animals that are shipped to big box stores are already ill so it’s hard to say when or where your little buddy got tail rot. It’s a shame but it’s literally the price you pay for doing business with these types of “pet” stores.
Unfortunately you will just have to chalk this up as a lesson learned but the bright spot for you is that you probably saved your little one’s life.
God bless you and I wish you the very best!
I really, really don’t want to be the bad guy here but are you sure it didn’t happen in your care? If you had your beardie for 3 months, then it gradually getting worse over time wouldn’t be surprising to not notice; and not knowing what tail rot was in the first place makes it more of a possibility.
Sorry for this I just thought I would throw it out there and I know you care a lot for your beardie. I hope the vet visit goes well and could we possibly see the tail? Seeing it could help give us a better understanding of the severity of the situation and the best way to help until the vet trip. Sorry again
Again @kreze no offense to you in any way. We are all just here for the welfare of your sweet little boy!
No offense but that’s not the issue her enclosure gets cleaned daily I have ocd so things tend to be over cleaned around here lol I noticed it when I brought her but I was green I’ve gained more knowledge and recently understood its tail rot but no worries thanks again
I’m more then sure it didn’t happen in my care but it’s ok she’s been getting lots of love from day one and extra now since I’ve noticed. I’m blessed I saved her life and that’s good enough for me
cleaning isn’t necessarily the only possible cause.
From Bearded Dragon Tail Rot: Causes, Prevention & Treatment
“There are two main causes for this condition that are known. The first is usually trauma from either bites from other bearded dragons (often when they are housed together as babies), or bites from insect prey left in the cage. Incomplete sheds can also lead to tail rot, as the old skin can remain and slowly cut off blood flow. Rarely, an abscess may cause the same issues.”
I am not saying you caused this I would just like to be 100% positive instead of only 99% positive
Yes I know this facts are I got her out a store that had maybe 15 bearded dragon in it I got her because she was the smallest and I felt maybe she wasn’t eating or in competition for the food no need to send me a post u got off the internet as if I don’t know the cause I came her to share my experience not be attacked or belittle
how are you being belittled and atacked?
Checking in to be sure the animal came to you injured and it wasn’t a husbandry issue is not attacking or belittling, it’s making sure we know as much info as possible so as to best help you and your animal.
Yet nobody said hey this is how you help your animal all I’m hearing is are u sure u brought it like that so which is it? But ok not here to go back and forth
why do you think I posted the link that is pretty much the reason I put it for you as I don’t have experience with tail rot.
It’s fine brother lol I’ve already researched and learned exactly what u sent me that’s how I was able to come here and say I think I’ve discovered tail rot with my animal lol
A picture could help. and you also said
The link literally has info on what you can do
Also thank you. I couldn’t figure out how to transfer that into words properly
Thank u all though I will give u update after vet visit I tried getting pics just not working lol