After yesterday I am looking for care sheets to carry when I am out walking with Bob. I have found the GIS care sheet in PDF and will walk those over to the house where that sick little ig lives today.
Could others post links to a good pamphlet on ig care if better ones exist.
If you walk around neighborhoods with your ig you should consider doing this too, I attrach so much attention. I do stop and talk to the people with questions and more or less push them away form getting an ig.
As I've said many times, every interaction with your Iguana should be considered an educational lesson. I hand out the GIS Pamphlet to anyone who even discusses Rex with me. I have a hard and fast rule, interaction equals take the pamphlet from my hand or move on.
Now, thanks to Steph, we have a new brochure here on this site.
Mark, Where have you been? ;D This very issue has been discussed at length here on IZ. (maybe you missed that thread) We here have all agreed that it is irresponsible for an iguana owner to walk around without carrying info on these animals. The "cool factor" is overwhelming and we need to do what we can to make sure people get facts! Steph developed a great printable brochure, I wrote a "Basic guide to Iguana care" that summarizes info into easily understood terms, IZ has a printable color coded food chart. GIS info is wonderful. Take your pick....but take SOMETHING.
It would be a good idea to see if they have internet access also... that's what we are here for!
I don't have net access at home, nor do I have a printer, so this is what I initially gave to the owners of the sick ig:
* A bag of food, same mix that Bob is eating this week, that should last three days.
* A shopping list of the basic salad components
* A list of links and resources (IZ, Dummies book, IgDen, MK's site) -- I asked them about having an internet connection and they said that they did
* Contact info for the vet I have used locally -- he is not a herp specialist but was the best that I could find with out driving to St Louis or Chicago, he was current on most of the info and will certainly be able to help get that ig back on its feet.
I was kind of stuck on what to give them and tell them. I am not a vet and can't say anything too strongly. I had to tell them the basic stuff (diet, light, heat) but not go into too much detail or risk overwhelming them info and having it get lost.
Its difficult NOT to overwhelm people. There's SO much information. I think you did very well. (aside from the whole biting issue..thanks alot BOB!) They definately need something they can refer back to. It's too easy for all the new verbal information to go bouncing around inside the skull and some go flying back out before it gets filed in the brain. Pound the collard greens into their heads. The ig needs extra calcium + UVB if he's gonna recover.
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Not being a vet is OK...we know more about igs in some cases than most vets do...only herp specialists usually know anything about igs and sometimes still offer the wrong info...but its not too late for them either...give them a pamphlet as well...it doesnt hurt to try....Lyn