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Anole - Eye Infection?

Discussion in 'Herp Health' started by Melaw, Dec 18, 2008.

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  1. Melaw

    Melaw Member

    Hi everyone,

    my older anole isn't feeling well. One of his eyes looks pretty bad, to be honest. I only noticed today after I saw him sitting on his branch with the eye turned towards me. I moved him out of the terrarium (he lives with another anole) and I've fed him by hand (he usually catches crickets himself, but he looks like he hasn't eaten in a day or two).

    As for the eye, it really bothers him and he tries to scratch it against branches/my hand. He also doesn't hunt himself or run around like usually. He just sits there. For some reason, he also opens his mouth really wide quite often. The infection (or whatever it is) looks like it has also affected skin around the eye.

    I can only get him to the vet on Saturday, is there anything I can do until then?

    Right now he's in a 10 gallon vertical terrarium. Humidity is around 70% and temperature about 78-80F (too warm?). He only has real plants in there and a branch to sit on. No crickets running around or anything. I have a UVB light on most of the day and mist them with water on a regular basis. I grow my own crickets, so they're full of veggies + calcium. Tomorrow I'll stop by a pet store and pick up some meal worms for him.

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  2. kritrdr

    kritrdr Member

    You'll need to hand feed him until the vet visit. If you feel confident that there is still an eye there and its not ruptured or deflated you can use a couple kinds of drops/ointments to try to bring some relief. The drops you can use are artificial tears eye drops or ointment, or genteal eye drops/ointment. Good luck.
  3. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    For now you can pick up some turtle eye drops. Most pet stores have them.
  4. Melaw

    Melaw Member

    Thanks for your replies!

    kritrdr, I'm really not sure there is still a full eye there :( He kinda opened it today when he was watching the cricket I was feeding him and it looks really flat. He keeps it close most of the time,but when he does open it, I can see the pupil for sure. But not much more. During the night I think he scratched it against a branch or something because skin from the corner of his bottom lip is scraped off.

    I contacted the vets and they are trying to squish us in for tomorrow. I'll let you know how that turns out.

    Also, could it be from a cricket bite? I can try to post a picture (it might be pretty disturbing though) if that helps. Thanks again.
  5. labelleninirose

    labelleninirose Elite Member

    I know when one of my frogs had eye trouble I would use polysporin eye drops from the drug store. could help alot!!! it will help heal the eye. you have to ask the pharmacist cause its over the counter.
  6. Melaw

    Melaw Member

    I'm so happy! He opens the eye and keeps watching me whenever I feed him :) It still doesn't look healed, but it's certainly an improvement over yesterday's condition.
    I got wax worms today and he ate 3 (!), now he's just hanging out on the branch, digesting them. His appetite is certainly not suffering.
    I got a response from the vet, and while they'd be happy to look at him, they have no spots tomorrow and the next opening is Tuesday. So we'll try to home treat it until then. I'll just cancel it if it heals.

    I got the Polysporin eye drops and I tried them out already. We'll see how it goes. I also put some polysporin (the one for cracked skin) on his cheek where he scraped some skin off. Maybe it will help.

    Thanks so much for your responses :)
  7. labelleninirose

    labelleninirose Elite Member

    I'm happy things are turning better for the little guy!!! the eye drops have helped me alot :) keep on using them till you see the vet, and keep trying to feed the little guy. I'm happy he has eaten 3 wax worms! good sign of improvement. keep monitoring him and keep us posted ^_^
  8. labelleninirose

    labelleninirose Elite Member

    your not using the polysporin that helps stop the pain on the cracked skin right? use the regular kind because the pain killer ones are very bad for reptiles.
  9. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    Eye drops can make a huge difference - I use them on my water dragon, and she had some nasty eye problems (the vet used a q-tip and saline to clean out an amazing amount of debris.)

    Previous owners neglected her almost to death. When I got her, one eye was swollen shut, was oozing, pussing, and bleeding. lid wouldn't open, and when it did, it was limp, but the eye was still moist and able to focus, despite the damage to her cornea (scratches). The vet cleaned so much dirt (coco fiber) out of her eye, and though it's permanently damaged, she does have use of it.
  10. Melaw

    Melaw Member

    Nope, not the painkiller one :) It's the same one I used when I had a nasty thing going on with the corner of my lip a year ago or so. And it did wonders within literally days. I'll keep going with the eye drops for sure, they seem to make him happy.
  11. kritrdr

    kritrdr Member

    I'm glad things are working out, if the polysporin eye drops are helping that's wonderful. It's absolutely true the "pain killer drops" which usually contain a steroid can be detrimental if there is an ulcer and usually it requires a corneal stain to diagnose it. Even though the eye appears better, checking for an ulcer (through your vet) is important. They anole can appear to be feeling better but if the ulcer (usually invisible to the naked eye w/o stain) is still present then it is a threat to them. I'm really glad your critter is feeling better though. Sorry it took so long to reply.
  12. Melaw

    Melaw Member

    Thank you! I'll make sure it gets checked out (well, unless the vet insists we don't have to).

    He's feeling even better today. This morning I came up to his tank, he saw me, gave me the evilest stare and inflated his dewflap. He's funny :D Then he attempted to hunt a wax worm himself but that didn't quite work out so well since I guess his 3D vision isn't fully recovered, so I just gave it to him.

    I also got a new terrarium and I'll be moving him there when he gets better. I hope he likes it more than the current one (it's like 30 gallons, compared to 10). Thanks again. :)
  13. Melaw

    Melaw Member

    Well. This story has a sucky ending - he died yesterday from something I'm really not sure about.

    We went to the vet and it turns out it was a cricket bite, after which he scratched himself and must have irritated the eye (or got something in it...). I was told to just continue with the Polysporin eye drops and the skin healed over and the eye was feeling all better and he was getting really active.
    But yesterday morning I came up to the terrarium and he was just curled up in the corner, all brown and I had thought he died, but he was okay. So I brought another heat lamp (because I thought maybe he was cold or something) and put him on a basking log where he usually sits. Then I came back to feed him and noticed he was opening his mouth really wide and taking huge breaths, as if he was suffocating. I took him out and moved him to a clean tank, placed him on top of a cave-type thing and put the basking lights there too. He just sat there, opening his mouth. He pretty much refused to eat anything and soon enough I noticed he wasn't coordinating his paws well either. He fell off the rock really easily and just layed there. And soon after, he exhaled one last time :( I don't know what it was and I guess I never will. I'm just sad he's gone :(
  14. labelleninirose

    labelleninirose Elite Member

    I'm so sorry!!! it's so sad to lose a pet we love :( you did your best for him and thats what counts!!!! I'm sure he was happy with you and happy you tried everything to save him :)
  15. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Sorry you lost him.
  16. kritrdr

    kritrdr Member

    I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Typically with open mouth gaping something was happening in the respiratory system. Sounds like you did the right thing. Sorry again for your loss.
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