Chameleon Forums


Go Back   Chameleon Forums > Chameleon Husbandry > Health Clinic



site sponsor

Chameleon Care
New to chameleons? Curious about their basic care? Check out our care resources!
chameleon bookstore

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-06-2010, 07:51 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 3
makare is on a distinguished road
Dehydrated Chameleon - URGENT

Up until a few days ago, our veiled chameleon was fine - crawling around his cage and plants and eating crickets. But then I started noticing signs of sickness.

Current symptoms are:

-light green bump on his nose
-weakness
-sunken eyes
-loose grip
-deep breathing
-not eating crickets
and it looks like he could've burned his tail. He is also shades of very pale, lime green right now and keeps closing his eyes.

After research on various forums and websites, it seems that he is SEVERELY dehydrated.

The cage set up is:
Cage is wire 36'' x 14'' x 14''
One live hibiscus plant
2 halogen lights

One of the family members just went out to buy PEDIALYTE. How should we administer this and how much?

Also what other suggestions do you have for severe dehydration? We have been towling and spritzing him with water but he is still very weak.

Thank you!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-06-2010, 07:58 AM
Julirs's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
Posts: 7,944
Blog Entries: 1
Julirs has a brilliant futureJulirs has a brilliant futureJulirs has a brilliant futureJulirs has a brilliant futureJulirs has a brilliant futureJulirs has a brilliant futureJulirs has a brilliant futureJulirs has a brilliant futureJulirs has a brilliant futureJulirs has a brilliant futureJulirs has a brilliant future
Only drip liquid in the very front of the mouth-SLOWLY. If you push it to fast the animal will aspirate the liquid into it's lungs and drown.

Please fill this out and posting pictures of the animal and cage would be very helpful:

Chameleon Info:
Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?
Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon?
Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?
Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?
Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?
History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you.

Cage Info:
Cage Type - Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?
Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?
Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?
Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?
Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?
Location - Where are you geographically located?

Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.
__________________
WWW.JULIRSCHAMELEONS.COM
Just because you don't want to hear it does not mean it is not good information.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-06-2010, 08:10 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 12,478
kinyonga has a reputation beyond reputekinyonga has a reputation beyond reputekinyonga has a reputation beyond reputekinyonga has a reputation beyond reputekinyonga has a reputation beyond reputekinyonga has a reputation beyond reputekinyonga has a reputation beyond reputekinyonga has a reputation beyond reputekinyonga has a reputation beyond reputekinyonga has a reputation beyond reputekinyonga has a reputation beyond repute
Heart Award 
IMHO I would get him to the vet ASAP and worry about posting here later...otherwise I don't think he has a chance right now.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-06-2010, 08:54 PM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 31
wanker is on a distinguished road
Two halogen bulbs!?! You're likely cooking your chameleon to death. These aren't bearded dragons.

You need one heat source for a basking area that measures about 85-90 degrees F about 6-10 inches from the heat source and 80-85 degrees about 10-12 inches from the source. Also you need a seperate UVB 5.0 Reptisun bulb.

Next you need to regularly mist your chameleon (3-4 times a day), they don't drink standing water.

Please check out Screamleons, Fl Chams or Chameleons Only websites for husbandry information. They provide great information on proper chameleon care.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-06-2010, 10:32 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: San Diego
Posts: 7,083
Elizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond repute
As everyone has said, get to the vet...but I wanted to assure you that many chameleons come back from severe dehydration. This isn't sending you to the vet to get the shot to put him out of his misery..it's sending you to the vet to get medical support for his recovery.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-15-2010, 01:54 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 3
makare is on a distinguished road
Thanks for your replies, we had poor Johnny looked at by a local Chameleon expert (has been caring for, breeding, and raising Chameleons for the past few years now and often rescues injured ones, and has a vet friend that specializes in reptile care).

One of Johnny's main symptoms, which I neglected to post, was a black hole on his tail. This hole was not caused by cricket bites or a burn, but it appeared to be something eating him from the inside out. We now realize the person we bought him from was not a breeder, but an importer/exporter, so it is very possible Johnny had a parasite or bacterial infection.

Unfortunately, Johnny died over night, before our friend could start administering antibiotics. He did not die of dehydration, and we had been misting the environment 3-4 times a day. Whatever hit our Chameleon, the symptoms appeared over a span of 2 days and he was gone quickly

Thank you for all of your support and for responding to my post, I really appreciate it.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-15-2010, 02:03 PM
draetish's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 2,315
Blog Entries: 3
draetish is a name known to alldraetish is a name known to alldraetish is a name known to alldraetish is a name known to alldraetish is a name known to alldraetish is a name known to all
I'm sorry for your loss.
__________________
Donna
Be the Lava, go with the flow
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-15-2010, 02:07 PM
jamncristian's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: lake mary (seminole county) florida
Posts: 801
Blog Entries: 1
jamncristian has a spectacular aura aboutjamncristian has a spectacular aura aboutjamncristian has a spectacular aura about
we are all sorry for your loss
__________________
keeping chameleons isn't a hobby, its an addiction
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-15-2010, 02:14 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: San Diego
Posts: 7,083
Elizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond reputeElizadolots has a reputation beyond repute
I'm so sorry.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-15-2010, 02:41 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 3
makare is on a distinguished road
Thanks, I definitely didn't get that kind of sympathy from none-chameleon owners.

Here's a link to an art piece I made in memory of Johnny and all the other pet chameleons that have passed away from illness or poor husbandry, I thought you guys might like it:

http://nevertakemyheart.deviantart.c...ther-167456879
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
URGENT! My Chameleon is turning BLACK! Kaelaris Health Clinic 25 06-18-2010 03:42 PM
Bearded Pygmy Chameleon - Urgent help please. Amy87 Health Clinic 3 03-21-2010 04:45 AM
URGENT ADVICE NEEDED-Dehydration and poss egg bound Panther Chameleon doris Health Clinic 12 09-01-2008 09:04 PM
Side stripe chameleon (rudis) baby, need help urgent, dying!!! pug81 Health Clinic 2 08-15-2008 06:01 AM
Newbie questions... ChrisLawson General Discussion 4 04-18-2008 09:12 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:14 PM.


Chameleon Top Sites Chameleons Youtube Chameleons Facebook
Copyright 2014, Chameleon Forums. All Rights Reserved.