We have a Green Anole which had an infected eye, tried treating with Terramycin gel, seems to have worked on the first bad eye, not swollen anymore, shed normally, but now he won't open it. Then the good eye got infected and he's effectively blind, not eating, losing weight, drinking off the walls sometimes, less than normal, lethargic, weight loss. What can we feed him, or how, I've read about fruit baby food? Should we try to hold him and put food in his mouth?
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: 1
Can you tell me if you have a UVB light? How old? Tube or coil?
We use a Flukers UVA/B light bulb during the days, about 6 months old, we mist a few times daily, more lately since the weather turned warm, no basking light, but we have a reptile thermometer and it gets above 75 during the days, calcium powder supplement sprinkled on his crickets about half the time, crickets and occasional mealworms, which he usually really likes.
Is the bulb florescent that is tube shaped, compact coil or shaped like a regular bulb? This is very important infomation.
It's regular bulb shape but it's supposed to be a UV full spectrum bulb.
That is not a UVB bulb. It is nothing more than a basking bulb that offers heat. A UVB bulb is a florescent type tube that puts out UVB rays which work with clacium to metabolize it in the body into Vitamin D3. This is what prevents Metabolic Bone Disease. The UVB make the bones strong, helps the immune system, and keeps the organs working properly. This is some information on lighting: http://www.anapsid.org/uvtable.html I suggest a reptisun tube 8.0 for a UVB light.
The next issue they need a good amount of humidity not only for drinking, but also for shedding. I suggest a mister from anoles which helps with water for drinking and health.
As far as the eyes there may be reatined shed causing some of the eye issues. A Herp Vet can look over the eyes and see if there is retained shed and it can be removed.
I am going to offer some first aid to help and I will be happy to locate a Herp Vet for you with a State.
Please give the anole a soak in a 50/50 warm water and Plain Pedialyte soak. This will help with dehydration. Fo food you can mix some meat flavored Chicken baby food stage 1 with some calcium and drop on the snout and allow the anole to lick it off. We do not want to force feed because that can turn into aspiration Pneumonia.
Hopefully this will help until you can have the anole seen by a Herp Vet.
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