The temp under the basking light is about 90 degrees but since she can not climb up the branches, we have been trying to keep the area near the bottom of the cage warm using a humidifier next to the screen cage.
I replaced the UVB bulb last week with a Zoo Med Reptisun 5.0 UVB tropical bulb with a straight tube. We were using a spiral tube before.
Izzy was eating gut loaded crickets but then we switched to superworms and mealworms. I did buy some calcium powder, but she didn't seem to like the worms dusted with the powder.
I don't think that the vet did any blood work. We did see two different reptile vets.
Izzy got a little better but then got weak again when we ran out of meds so we went back to the vet and got a different antibiotic. She is still weak and prefers to sleep on the ground at night but will climb a little on the branches during the day.
A PetSmart manager suggested that we try Pedialyte mixed with organic baby food. We also purchased Zilla Caloric Supplement & Appetite Stimulant which she says we can mix with the Carnivore powdered food from the vet.
I would appreciate any additional suggestions. Thanks.
Thanks for your suggestions. Question about the Reptisun 10.0 UVB bulb...is that sold only as desert bulb? I have not seen one online that was described for tropical reptiles.
I have another question regarding our Chameleon, Izzy. She was responding well to the Pedialyte and calcium soaks as well as the other remedies. But when she gained the strength to start climbing again, she fell from a branch and injured her forearm and hand. We took her to the vet who said that there were no broken bones and there was still no sign of MBD. But the vet did feel her abdomen and thinks that Izzy might have a tumor although it did not show on the x-ray. Her stomach is a little bloated and she might have an obstruction. She also has developed some yellow marks / stripes on her body. Could this be related to symptoms of MBD or maybe a some other digestive problem? We are thinking about moving her to a shorter cage so that we can keep her warmer and will remove the branches to prevent any more injuries. Temps in her current 24" cage are about 95 degrees near the heat lamp but she can not climb up anymore. We are also using the Reptisun 10.0 UVB bulb now.
The link that you gave me for veterinary schools did not work, but it encouraged me to look for another vet. We took Izzy today and the new vet confirmed bone loss (MBD) and some broken bones in Izzy's arm that were starting to heal. I was shown the x-rays this time. I can't believe that her condition was misdiagnosed by the other vet, but I'm thankful that we followed your first aid advice. We ordered the calcium glubionate and started giving it to Izzy by mouth - the new vet says twice daily. The x-rays did also show something in Izzy's stomach that the vet has not seen before. The vet said that she would research and confer with her colleagues, and even call the Texas A&M veterinary school. We are waiting to hear back, but we are hopeful that Izzy will make a full recovery soon. Thanks so much for your help.
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