Hey everyone. We took Miss Zak back to the vet today and her liver and her calcium levels are still really high.
Dr Corwin says the only way to fix the problem is have her spayded soooooooo her we go again.
I think that she will be fine but I really really hated leaving her there. She is eating well and drinking alot of water, but she has droped 3/10ths of a pound and Dr Corwins said that if we wait much longer, her levels will get so high the it will kill her! OMG. I'm worried about her but she is a strong girl.
Doc also says after we spay her, her levels should come back to normal and she should not have any more problems.
Say a little prayer for her, and for us parents. I will call Dr. Corwin after lunch tomorrow to check on her.
Hey everone, Miss Zak is home and resting right now.
She came through the surgery just fine. She still has a long way to go, her liver has been damaged and her calcium levels are very high.Doc thinks that it is from being egg bound.
He also thinks that in time her liver can repair itself. I saure hope that he is right. He was when it came to Bam-Bam.
Miss Zak is resting and tring to come out of the groggyness of the anistisia. We are keeping her warm and keeping her enclosure covered to eliminate any stress on her. I will keep you all posted as to how she is doing.
She goes back to the Doc in 2-3 weeks to get her stiches out and to recheck her blood levels.
I must say this, and I sure hope Debbie doesn't mind, but it's an important educational issue....
Debbie and Jon just adopted Miss Zak a short while ago. She is a 10 year old female.
Miss Zak is suffering from a damaged liver. Her previous owner fed her a diet of Collard Greens, Bananas, Boiled Eggs and Boiled Chicken. She remained healthy all these years. BUT! The damage to the liver is a direct result of this diet.
Even as recently as today, I heard about a Vet that advised an Iguana owner to feed her Ig meal worms! I've heard of others that advise meats and proteins. This is advise that is downright harmful to Iguanas.
Years ago, before sites like this one, everyone believed that Iguanas ate meat, and even insects. It wasn't until more thorough study, and likely countless deaths, that it was discovered that Iguanas are the reptile equivelant of a cow. Their digestive system is just not designed to process animal proteins. It over-burdens the liver and kidneys. So, the vets thought they knew what was right, but further study proved them wrong.
The real, true, cutting edge and accurate information on Iguana care can be found on sites just like this one. In fact, that's how the whole Iguana on-line thing started! If a vet advises you to do something that you feel is wrong. Question them! Ask for their resources! Correct them and list your resources. I'll bet anything that your resources are more complete and accurate than theirs! Never ever take their word for it, just because they are a Vet. Go to a forum and discuss it. It may save your Ig from a potentially harmful condition.
God Bless Miss Zak for making it this far in life with such a horrible and damaging diet all these years. God Bless Debbie and Jon for taking her in and providing thorough and PROPER care for her. She stands a much better chance of living a very long time.
I'm glad to hear she's doing well Debbie. Our prayers are with you and her for a speedy recovery.
Hello, Just wanted to update you all on Miss Zak's recovery.
She is doing well, I think. she is alert and very receptive of us as far as handling her. She is a little slow in movement but she is moving and walking around without assistance.
She had developed a sore on her tail and we are treating it with betidine soaks, neosporins and sterile bandages. She really doesn't mind us messing with her tail. Usually she does not want anyone to touch her tail but I think she knows that we are trying to help her feel better.
she is eating very little right now witch the vet said it may take her about a week to eat. But she is drinking everyday.
Still waiting for her to go pottie. We are keeping a close eye on that. Doc said within a week.
She looks good. I know that she is pretty sore I finally got to see her belly tonight and she has about 12-15 stitches! ouch! She will go back to the vet in about 2 1/2 weeks. She will have the stitches for a total of 3 weeks.
Post by SurvivorSteph on Jan 12, 2004 19:43:35 GMT -8
I've had about 12 invasive procedures, and I can attest that the intestines take a while to "wake up" after anesthesia. The first time Miss Zak tries to deficate, it will probably be a bit difficult too. Just keep your eye on her. If she doesn't go in a week, ask the vet, but you may want to try a small amount of mineral oil. It's a natural laxative when ingested. But DEFINATELY CHECK WITH THE VET FIRST!