Sorry I hadn't updated sooner. Frankie is doing much better now. Yes her ribs were broke and it is from a calcium def. Even though I was feeding her all the right foods she still was not getting enough. Now I have her on suppliment also. Seems to be working great. I did a fecal and found some worms, so she is being dewormed for that. She is pretty much acting normal now. Her eating habits are almost back to normal. She is eating two meals a day again. She is using her water box again, and is not racing around her cage like a nut anymore either. She is looking very good again. Thanks again for all the support.
Hi Desiree~ Just joined the group today...can't gaurantee I'll visit, let alone post often. I keep pretty busy with 20+ animals at any given time a full-time job and part-time with the humane society...plus a kid still at home and a very patient hubby...
I couldn't help but take notice of your problem though. MBD should not have occured if you had everything right...i.e. temps, UVB and diet.
Heat - 92 - 96 degrees UVB - Reptisun 5.0, Iguana Light 5.0 no more than 10 inches away and no older than 6 months. Diet - Collard green, mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion greens, green beans, escarole, cilantro, butternut squash, grapes for treats. (This is one weeks diet for my greenies with alterations made in the selections in alternating weeks).
It is possible that an ig may have a genetic problem that keeps it from metabolizing what it takes in correctly, but this is fairly rare.
Raise your igs temps by about 5 degrees overall (but no more) to help speed recovery.
You're a good Ig Mom! You already know that. You are an experienced Vet Assistant. You are diligent in your Iguana care. Just had to say it!
Do you belong to AIML (Advanced Iguana Mailing List)? It's the place all the Igsperts hang. You can try posting your pic there and see what they say. If nothing else they are experienced.
One word of caution. It's a VERY serious site. Their answers can be challenging and caustic at times, but the info is cutting edge. And sometimes they are "too good" to answer you. But I think with your pics it's worth a try.
Thanks Dom for your support. I am going to check the site out. I also want to thank every one else for their kind words and support. Also James and Yoda for putting up with me when I was freaking out We did a lot of research and even called the experts at Cornell University. Her xrays looked great. Couldn't tell in the xrays her ribs were broke. We didn't know what to think. It is really weird Frankie is back to normal now. She is acting like nothing was wrong. I wouldn't have even thought something was wrong with her just a few weeks ago. Her ribs and everything else seem normal. I am so glad she is back. I had checked everything in her cage over and over. Everything was right. Lights, food, humidity etc. I have added a calcium suppliment just in case. I am also adding a bigger UVB ligh,t hoping this will not happen again. She has an 18 inch right now. Going for the 48". It was one of those real freaky things I guess. Thanks again ;D