well.... It's been nearly 2 weeks since the X ray and still no eggs. She had been acting more and more frantic every day...climbing up and down her ladder. scratching ,scratching , digging digging....but no eggs. No interest in the egg box. She's lost alot of weight. Two weeks ago I could not fit my hand around her tail, today I could put my hand around it with room to spare. The vet that took her X ray said the eggs weren't well calcified. He doesnt specialize in reptiles tho. It was evident to me that she was having trouble, so I called him yesterday and scheduled to have her spayed, then backed out because he had never done it before. Thank God I did! Today I took her to the city to a reptile vet. She looked at the original X ray and was able to tell me immediately what the problem is. When eggs form, they start as only the yolk and the shells are formed later. Thrasher's eggs stopped forming and she has nothing but a mass of yolks inside her!! (pre-ovulatory stasis) If any of the yolks were to burst inside her it would cause an infection in her body cavity (peritonitis) and be deadly. X rays and bloodwork showed that there was no burst yolk sacs **whew** She is scheduled for a spay tomorrow. I'll add more later..... but I needed to say... It's not always JUST a matter of waiting for them to lay or resorb the eggs.
tesa, that's pretty much what happen with bubbette during her first clutch. got gravid, quit eating, lost weight, made no effort to lay, retained eggs, and got spayed. she was 2.6 lbs before spay, 2.0 lbs afterwards. they didn't show any signs of absorbing, no signs of getting shells on them either. like you,i just couldn't take the chance of waiting any longer. she was less than 2 yrs old whenshe was spayed.
kudos to you for staying RITE on top of it. i knew you would, so was't worried at all. good luck to both of you! plz keep us posted.
Sending our good thoughts and healings prayers to you and Thrasher from Jamesburg.
I told Rex this morning, I had to, and he just put his head down and laid there very still. I think he is worried about her. I put a picture of Thrasher next to him so he could use his Iguana telepathy to let Thrasher know that he is there with her through it all.
Good on you for being proactive Mom and taking preventative steps that probably saved Thrashers life!
You make a very important point about 'not being a matter of just waiting'. Folks need to be very aware of any changes, or in this case no-changes in their gravid females.
Remember, due to your excellent care, Thrasher is now a very healthy and strong Iguana. she'll pull through this, if for mothing else than to live to take another bite out of her loving mom once again.
Post by Thunder380Lady on Jul 14, 2004 15:43:40 GMT -8
Hi Tesa~ I am so glad to hear that Thrashers surgery went well. I know how worried you must have been. I dread the day I may have to have Lenore spayed if she ever has egg problems. I wish Thrasher a speedy recovery.