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Help Baby the Iguana Please

Discussion in 'Green Iguanas' started by Baby_Iguana1992, May 9, 2008.

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  1. My iguana Baby has fallen from my boyfriend and now her front leg is all swollen and she can barely use it. She can use it to walk but cannot grip anything with it. She is a healthy juvenile and this is the first problem she has ever had! :(

    What could be wrong with my poor baby? She hurt her leg and now it is all swollen but she can use it a little.
  2. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    Re: Hurt and Swollen Leg!

    Can you possibly take some pics of the injury ?
  3. Unfortunately I can't but all thats wrong is she has a swollen left leg. It is much bigger than the other. It is kinda usable for her and she is walking on it sometimes. The doctor said it might be tissue damage.

    No I cant but it is somewhat usable for her and she can use it until she gets to her toes.
  4. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    Re: Hurt and Swollen Leg!

    You said "the doctor said it might be tissue damage". I'm assuming then you have taken her to the vet.
  5. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    You need to take her to the vet. There is nothing that you can do to help other than get her to the vet.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  6. prismwolf

    prismwolf Well Established Member

    Ditto! Just like a person, dog, or any other animal, if it's broken, it needs professional care. Here are some links to help you find the closest vet to you experienced in iguana care. Keep in mind you may have to travel. Though more vets are offering exotic animal care, not all do reptiles , and some who claim to do so may not see many. Ask how many they see a year when you call.

    ARAV <---click on "Members"
    Herp Vet Connection
    Herp Veterinarians
  7. Dominick

    Dominick Founding Member

    Any update on your iguana's condition?
  8. I took her to the vet and all the lady did for 145 dollars is torture my poor iguana! I am taking her to the odd pet vet so he can get the fluid out of her thigh and bandage her up. Angel Memorial Hospital seriously had a lady come and tug on Baby's leg, she looked at me like "Mommy help." She is using it alot more now and we have an apointment. Soon he will do just fine, other than her injury she sleeps, eats drinks bathes and cuddles like she used to and now she is getting a male companion Baby to keep her company while she heals.
  9. prismwolf

    prismwolf Well Established Member

    Hun - I hate to be the first to tell you this...but igs don't like company and it could actually harm her more and impede her recovery...:(
  10. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    You could also use Dr. Dyer at the VCA animal hospital in S.Weymouth. When Greg (Odd Pet Vet) went to the Wildlife Center, Steve took his place at the VCA.

    I also suggest not getting another iguana for company. I do suggest however that you buy some literature on them as it is explained in almost all good literature as to why owning multiple iguanas is a bad idea.
  11. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    No friends! Iguanas are solitary and since Baby is not in the best of health right now adding another iguana to the mix may be the last straw and stress her to death.
    Go get her a big cuddly stuffed iguana...I got one for Diz that he used to sleep on.
  12. rick1iam

    rick1iam Subscribed User Premium Member

    What did they say was wrong with her?
  13. Well thank you all and they said she had tissue damage. She fell and hit her bone. I dont think tissue damage about cuts it for her. Anyway, I will not get her another iguana if it will be harmful to her health.
  14. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    If the vet says it is likely tissue damage, it's best to just assume they are correct. (Even if you don't agree.) If we knew more than they do, we wouldn't need them to begin with. ;)

    It's a good choice to avoid purchasing another iguana. You will have your hands full with the one you have now. lol
  15. Well for the money I put in, all the vet did was pull and tug on her leg and then tell me 500 dollars for 2 x-rays!
  16. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    That's a bit pricey for 2 xrays. If the xrays showed no bone damage, it could be a bad sprain. And from personal experience, the only thing that heals a sprain is time and rest.
  17. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    And with small fractures the only way to tell for sure would be an xray.
    But I agree. $500 dollars is a bit steep.
  18. Would her leg be that swollen if it were just a sprain? Yeah i went to Angell and almost hit the vet for hurting my poor baby. I love my iguana with all my heart but 500 just for x-rays is just a lot of money they didnt even x-ray her for me, they made me pay 145 for just tugging on her and pulling her poor leg
  19. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    yes, when i sprained my ankle, it was black and blue and the size of a football.

    See if you can find a different vet. That amount of money is insane. A usual vet visit with just a visual check up should run you no more than $75 for a herp specialist.
  20. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    Wow! I agree, I have never paid that much, EVER, for x rays! I have had surgeries done for less than that, not much, but they were less than that, lol. It is usually all the follow up care that costs a ton. I dont understand the charges you got. Did your bill itemize the charges?
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