My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet etch for 30+ years with special interest in reptiles and Reptile Rescue.
Can you tell me if The Iggy has any access to 12-14 hours of UVB rays?
Does she use any supplements?
If the foot is pinched is there any response?
How much time does the iggy get outside a day?
I am not so sure this is from the cold, but in the mean time she can putthe iggy in a warm soak at about90* and add 50% Pedialyte to the soak for 10-15 mins. If this is from the cold, the iggy should be responding within that time frame. I am in Fl and when we get a cold front the Iggys drop from the trees. We warm them up and place them in a safe area until they can be released. What I suspect is going on is Metabolic Bone Disease. This would cause Paralysis. The Iggy needs 12-14 hours a day of direct sunlight or a UVB bulb that can offer that in one room. The UVB along with the calcium is needed to prevent this issue. This is some Information on MBD: http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/reptilesgeneral/a/metabolicbd.htm
Diet can also play a part in this because some Veggies bind calcium like Spinach and Kale two commonly fed foods that can cause a problem with calcium absorption. Please have her try the soak and let me know if the Iggy responds with movement. I will stand by. If that doesn not work, I want to further discuss what we can do to help.
I will await your response.
Right now at the temp and in the soak the Iggy should be responding. I suspect there is more going on then just the cold. Usually when we thaw out Iggies that have fallen out of the trees, we see some movement at 5 mins to include movement if tail. I am really concerned this is Metabolic Bone Disease and it has been gradually coming on and now with the cold it has stiffened the Iggy up completely. This is from the Green Iguana Society that goes over a lot of factors involved including inadaquate temps and lack of UVB rays. http://www.greenigsociety.org/mbd.htm
This is a link for Texas Herp Vets: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/texas.html
At this point I think the Iggy needs to be confined under a good UVB or Mercury Vapor Bulb, Warm to proper temps, restrict activity, push calcium and have the Iggy seen by a Herp Vet for a full evaluation hands on.
I am very concerned because if was just cold, we should see some recovery at this point.
Please update me about how things are going. I would like to follow up.
I am so sorry! I honestly suspect this was the result of MBD. Unfortunately without a Necopsy we will not know for sure. Please offer my condolences.
Again please accept my condolences.
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