Hello everyone, I have a curiosity question. I have 2 females and both of them are spayed, my question is can a female still go through the emotions of a breeding season such as the loss of apatite and sluking?
Post by VegasIguana on May 15, 2004 5:39:35 GMT -8
During the first year post-spay, a female iguana can exhibit breeding behavior. I think you just have to pay attention to determine if it is truly breeding behavior the girl is displaying, or if it's something else.
Typically during a spay, all material should be removed, however, as Merlin pointed out there could be residual material left behind that can regenerate. A tiny piece of ovarian tissue can regenerate, and the whole cycle of egg production starts. However, the eggs end up growing within the body of the iguana, rather than within an oviduct. Hence, peritonitis, etc.....
When this happens, I dont necessarily think that is indicative of the vet's competency. However, when looking for a vet, I would try to find one that is knowledgable and experienced with performing that type of surgery. You'd want someone who's done it 200 times over one that has only done it 10 times, for example.
I have personally known of 2 iguanas that this had happened to. One didn't make it; one got re-spayed.