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New Iguana, Could Use Some Help!

Discussion in 'Green Iguanas' started by Steveho73, Sep 19, 2008.

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  1. Steveho73

    Steveho73 Active Member

    Yesterday she got her third antibiotic shot. Its amazing how good she is even at the vet. She just sits there on my lap (for the most part) and checks everything out. Dogs come in acting all crazy and she just blows them all off like they are nothing. Ok so onto the important stuff. I mentioned to the vet about her being lethargic the past couple of days. She is concerned about the effects of the antibiotic every 2-3 days so she gave her the shot and we are going to wait until monday for the next one. She defecated yesterday at home before going to the vet. It wasn't nearly as runny as usual and she still hadn't eaten. Last night I made up a new slurry (quite a bit more liquid then before) and force fed her. She did great! Took in 3 syringe fulls before letting us know that was enough (3 is a new record btw). After that she cruised around the house for a bit and then ended up on the back of the couch while we watched tv. Yesterday seemed to be a much better day for her.
     
  2. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    She sounds really people friendly. Very well socialized. Sounds like she is doing really good.
     
  3. Dominick

    Dominick Founding Member

    Glad to hear that she is moving around!

    Keep up the great work.
     
  4. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    Question about the injections...

    Is the vet giving them in her upper arms?
     
  5. Steveho73

    Steveho73 Active Member

    She is actually alternating them between each of her front legs (on the upper part) and one side of her upper body. Wednesday was the first time she had only 1 shot, instead of 2 but the other times she would hit her once in the arm and then 1 in the body.
     
  6. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    Cool. Injections in the lower extremities is not recommended.
     
  7. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    Is she getting fluids along with those injections?
     
  8. Steveho73

    Steveho73 Active Member

    Not from the vet but I am giving her fluids (pedialite) in her food slurry through a syringe. Yesterdays defecation looked pretty good to me, a good amount of solids and liquid along with the white stuff. The wife and I are out of town for the night but have a friend going over to feed her fresh greens. Unfortunately she isn't much of a reptile person so zilla will not be force fed the slurry until tomorrow afternoon. I got 3 syringe fulls in her yesterday before leaving so, while its not optimal, I think she will be fine until tomorrow.
     
  9. Dominick

    Dominick Founding Member

    Greetings Steve-

    Any updates on Zilla?
     
  10. Steveho73

    Steveho73 Active Member

    Unfortunately yes. I just went home for lunch and to feed all the kids (reptiles) and Zilla was on the bottom of her cage. I picked her up to bring her out for her force feeding and noticed she wasn't using her back legs. She tried walking when I set her down and was only using her front legs. I called the vet and she said perhaps she has a blood clot in her spine or that she fell and broke her back. It would have been really tough for her to have fallen to the bottom of the cage but I guess not impossible if she really set her mind to jumping down. She will be going to the vet this afternoon but my guess is that she will need to be put to sleep. This is absolutely killing me especially since she just had her last antibiotic treatment on Friday and we spent a few hours each day this weekend with her at the park where she cruised around all over the place and actually seemed like she was enjoying herself. She still hasn't been eating but yesterday when I got home from work, there was a piece of munched collard green on the opposite side of the cage from her food bowl so I was getting very excited about maybe turning the corner on her eating. Its just plain sad. I will report back after the trip to the vet.
     
  11. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    Man Steve, that does really suck! Hopefully it is something she can recover from!
     
  12. Typhanie

    Typhanie Elite Member

    Oh man. I'm so sorry to hear about your ig. I really hope you don't have to put her down, but whatever you decide, I'm sure it will be best for her.

    I really wish people who think that they don't have to have the right diet or environment for their reptiles could be shown stories like these. It might help some of them see how important the care is, and how sad a situation can turn out to be.
     
  13. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    That doesn't sound good! Hopefully it is something that can be corrected.
    We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.
     
  14. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Oh Steve, that's horrible. And after everything you did....
     
  15. Dominick

    Dominick Founding Member

    Thanks for the update.

    Call Bob Mac!

    Steve- She needs every advantage and you have done so much for her already. Please ask him for his advice once again. No one knows better than he what Iguanas in this condition need.

    Has she pooped? Poop is paramount in MBD Igs. I always worry about GI Stasis.

    I really think something else is stopping her forward progress. Mega Ray and the Vet's excellent treatments should have arrested the MBD and begun the slow reversal process. Something else is wrong and causing her system to stress. I hope the Vet can figure out what it is and correct it.

    You've done a great job Steve, far more than most people would do. If the time is right, please do make the right decision. One request though, please hold her as she passes. Some of us believe it is essential for them to know they were loved as they take the last breath. It's tough, I've done it myself, but very necessary for them.

    Good luck to you both, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
     
  16. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    Hoping for the best...
     
  17. Steveho73

    Steveho73 Active Member

    Sad to say, but Zilla has passed. We took her to the vet yesterday who called in an exotic specialist. It was determined that there were alot of fractures in her spine. They were able to get some twitches out of her back legs by pinching areas just above her back legs and spine. They gave me a few options; Have a CT scan done (or MRI can't remember) which would be about $2,000 (sorry, we are already $700 into this iguana and just don't have the funds for a test that wasn't a guarantee of her survival); Continue down the path we have been on with getting her out in the sun and keeping her under the megaray but now keeping her in a very confined environment so she isn't able to move very much for about 6-8 weeks. Well we had a real problem with this choice. First, she is such a sweet iguana and really seemed to love exploring outside and visiting with us in the evening when we would let her out of her cage. I just couldn't stand the thought of her being "locked up" for 6-8 weeks and second, she still isn't eating on her own. Maybe if she got some enjoyment from food, then I could take comfort in the fact she wouldn't be totally miserable while in rehab. The third option, put her to sleep. It was a very rough ride as we went in yesterday expecting the worse and that this would be the last injection she got but then halfway through, the wife lost it (which made me lose it) and then we were on a mission to make Zilla whole again. Once we were able to check our emotions, we made the decision to put her to sleep and stop the suffering. Unfortunately (sorry Dominic, I didn't see your post until this morning) but we were both having a very tough time with this and we decided to not be in the room while she was going to sleep. Looking back, it is my one regret. I'm sure some of you guys would have taken a different approach but I feel that we did everything we could (within our means) for Zilla and I take some comfort in knowing that she had zero chance of survival if she stayed with her previous owner but had a slight chance with us. We went home last night and spent alot of quality time with our 2 beardies and baby iguana. We have learned a ton through this and look forward to being excellent parents to our 3 little kids. I appreciate all of the concern and advice from all of you and this site.
     
  18. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Steve I am so sorry to hear that. After all you have been through already!
    However if it is any comfort at all, you did everything that it was possible to do and as Dom has already stated you have gone far and above what many people would have done. And Zilla is no longer in misery.
    You have my condolences!
    As well as my respect!!
     
  19. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    I'm so sorry Steve! You did everything you could and I don't think that anyone will criticize you for any of the choices you made, they were all made with the best interest of Zilla in mind.
     
  20. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    So sorry... She put up a good fight.
     
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