Tesa, what post-op instructions did the vet give you for Thrasher? we seem to get different ones, depending on the directions the wind is blowing from...even from the same vet practice.
I was told to keep bubbs out of water for 6 weeks. another vet said 4. someone else said just 2 weeks (which i personally think is a bit on the short side). thats a pain inthe vent for a water pooper. not pretty.
one vet said to restrict her climbing for a week. other vet said that she would resume activity as she felt like it.
just wondering what you were told. any other ppl with spayed/neutered igs? what instructions did you get?
One important point that Tesa hasn't mentioned and I hope she's not upset that I do:
Tesa chose this vet off a list of vets.
Turns out, after Tesa's usual thorough research, this vet is a former President of ARAV and very highly respected as one of the top Reptile vets in the country! That's got to make any worried Ig mom feel better! Sure made me more comfortable. LOL
She is also a specialist in pain management for reptiles.
So, it would be interesting to discuss how her instructions compare to all the others you've seen Darry. As you pointed out, there seems to be a wide spectrum of opinion between vets.
The original vet, while competent to an extent, would have missed all of this Pre-ovulatory Stasis thing and poor Thrasher may have suffered for it. Tesa will be educating him in the near future. LOL
I got her name from the vets listed on GIS. I have to mention tho, that I didn't just take for granted that because her name was on a "list" that she was qualified. I called the office and inquired about her experience specifically with iguanas. The vet I have been using for fecal exams, blood panels, antibiotics etc, said he would be "comfortable" performing a spay on her. But when I asked him pointedly if he'd ever performed the procedure ON AN IGUANA, he admitted he had not. He had been inside them before, but only for removal of foreign objects that had been ingested. (hint hint about particle substrates) As I mentioned in another thread, when we had the initial Xray done, he told me the eggs weren't very calcified, but since he works primarily on mammals, he didn't realize the danger that was involved, and consequently failed to alert me. I'm rambling... My point here is this: The Reptile vet took one quick look at the Xray and made an immediate diagnosis. I feel certain that if we hadn't been lucky enough to find a vet specializing in reptiles, I'd have lost Thrasher. Get references, do your own research so you'll know what questions to ask, and always...ALWAYS, ask your vet direct questions and insist on detailed answers.
Your baby's life could very well depend on it.
(and yes, Tesa WILL be educating the "other vet" very soon. ;D )
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Tesa's instructions sound about the same as I was given for Bob when he had surgery for a bladder stone, two years ago. I think that he had the stitches out after 6 weeks.
Another thing on this that you may have not been told -- bring a friend (or son) to help hold Thrasher when the stitches come out. The best way that we found was for me to hold Bob up, his back against my chest one hand under his front legs and the other holding him at the base of his tail and one hind leg, so the vet tech is clipping the stitches when the belly is vertical. Bob started to twist on the last stitch so my girlfriend at the time held his tail keeping it from being too dangerous.
I tried to get photos of the zipper on his belly but used the wrong setting on the digital camera and am waiting on the battery to recharge now.
There is a little trouble. The areas around it will shed and that strip is ready but just needs a little extra help. He can usually scrape it off when walking in the lawn or on some other rough surface. After each shed it looks better and smoother but it will always show up as the scaling pattern is different from the surroundings.