Post by littlewing on Mar 16, 2009 15:11:19 GMT -8
Hi there, I'm completely new to this site but my hubby and I thought you guys gave good advice. Okay, down to business: Our cat got to our lizard early this morning. We thought she was dead at first but when my hubby picked her up she was still breathing. She's pretty banged up, but she seems to be perking up a bit now that we have her relaxing under her heatlamp. She's bleeding a bit on one of her legs and her long toe (no clue what the real name for it is) on the same foot and it seems to be broken or sprained, she just won't move it. Anyways, we're hoping we can treat her at home since she doesn't seem to have any life-threatening conditions. However, we're not very experienced with lizard care yet and had a few questions, which are as follows:
Is Neosporin alright to use on small cuts? How can we tell if something is broken? What are possible signs of internal bleeding?
We'd appreciate your help on any knowledge you may have. Thanks from the both of us!
Post by littlewing on Mar 16, 2009 18:29:03 GMT -8
The vet isn't open over here, plus she is healing very quickly. Her color has come back very nicely, her small cuts have already scabbed over, and her injured leg (one with the cuts) seems to be functioning perfectly. We tried checking for anything broken and we're watching her carefully to make sure she doesn't have internal bleeding, but everything seems fine. She's acting perfectly normal. And, to answer all your other questions, we keep our iguana in a customized, cabinet-sized, enclosure. What we think happened is that the doors (which close magneticly), are malfunctioning and not closing all the way, allowing either the lizard to get out or for the cat to get in. Also, we never let our iguana roam free (except for when my hubby wants to play with her and spend time with her, in which he takes her into a small, closed room, like the bathroom) on account that we have two kittens that love to catch things. The attack itself happened while we were sleeping, so I did not actually witness it. I woke up and heard growling coming from the bathroom, I go to check it out and I see our cat standing over the lizard's body.
Iguanas will mask injury and illness as much as possible so they dont seem like easy prey. You will still want to have a vet check your Ig. Neosporin is fine to use as long as it doesnt have pain reliver in it.
Post by littlewing on Mar 16, 2009 19:38:27 GMT -8
In a responce to your question about our iguana limping, she is walking just fine. We just took her outside to get some sun, she was exploring our porch with no mobility problems. We called the Vet, they said that their exotic animal doctor has been away at another base for a while so there is nothing they can do. She is about a foot in length.
you need to put actual latches on the doors, because when it gets bigger and stronger, she will push them open, and you really don't want your cat to get it again. darn, that sucks that the vet isnt available. but you need to pay very close attention. like Jen said, they mast injuries very well.
Post by littlewing on Mar 16, 2009 20:41:49 GMT -8
Thanks for the advice. We put a large plant in front of the enclosure for now, but we'll definately look into buying some latches to put on there. We're still keeping a close eye on our little iggy, but we have decided to call a vet back in the States, as soon as they open, on advice on how to treat her at home. We both appreciate all the replies, thanks guys.
Your lucky sort of. My kitten(7 months) got in our lizard's cage also while we were sleeping. Out baby green iguana(our favorite) was found on the floor dead. Our bonny blue iguana was missing. I was sure she was dead but I found her in my shoe and just had a scratch on her ear. I'm new here also, I was trying to find a way to make my skinny iguana get some meat on her bones. I hope your iguana gets better. I keep the lizards in a cage in a room but someone left the door tho the room cracked and the darn cat got in. I put something heavy on the lid so the cat can't open it ever again. Here is a picture of them taking their daily bath. I'll miss my green lizard. My husband and son are very upset, we had him for like 2 months.