Sam, my three foot long iguana,was sitting on a bench, my nine-year-old didn't know he was there and stepped on him!!!! Now Sam's front right arm is worse than any that I've seen on the internet. It's clearly dislocated. But even more than that, it's swollen really bad and the color is not the same as the rest of his body. It's also really hard. Also his eye is swollen and there is a small amount of blood we're his eyelids touch . He doesn't open it . I don't know if that's because you can't open it or if it just hurts him so he doesn't want to open . I called every vet in my area and I just simply can't afford to take him to one. I know that's terrible but it's just the truth. So I've been taking care of him the best that I can but he hasn't eaten in days, I've tried to force-feed him and he will take a few bites and that's it. He hasn't drank in days either. I'll give him water and he takes it when I give it to him but he won't drink it on his own... I don't know what to do for him. I know he desperately needs hey vet, but that's just not possible for lease another week until I get paid. Does anyone know what I can do to help him? Should I bandaged his leg up? And where would I bandage it if so? Should I put some sort of Medicine or something on his eye? What can I do for him?
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on Feb 5, 2019 22:00:43 GMT -8
I'm so sorry to hear about Sam!
I'm definitely not a medical professional but keeping him hydrated is the most important thing until you can get him to a vet. When I had my iguana, Gwendolyn, sometimes I would use a spray bottle and mist/spray her face or into her mouth so she would drink extra water. Either that or a syringe might work to make sure he stays hydrated. Fruits are another good way to try to get him to eat, even if you have to put it into his mouth. They can sure be stubborn but it's for their own good!
I don't know of any generic ointments or medications that would be safe for an iguana. A vet technician might be able to give you some advice over the phone for what to do in the meantime until you get an appointment. I also don't think it would hurt to try to wrap or splint the leg, it might take some of the strain off of his leg/joins. That could be another question to ask a vet technician over the phone.
Is he moving around at all or at least paying attention to his surroundings with his good eye? If he is then that's a good sign.
Some vets will also do payment plans to make it easier.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
If only I had something to eat. . . . . mmmm pumpkin flowers