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Old 02-10-2010, 04:29 PM
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Exclamation Molly's visit, NEED TO KNOW INFO FOR ALL REPTILE KEEPERS!

Okay Molly and I are back from the vet and I have a few facts that EVERYONE should know about! Before I talk about Molly here is what I learned:
1) For subQ fluids, remember to tell your veterinarian to mix lactated ringers with 1 part solution, 1 part distilled water. Regular lactated ringers solution has a higher saline content then what reptiles need, so giving it straight solution is actually DEHYDRATING the reptile, no hydrating it.
2) For hydrating at home, DO NOT USE PEDIALYTE, GATORADE, OR POWERADE. Just like the lactated ringers solution, you are actually DEHYDRATING the reptile instead of hydrating it. Give it APPLE JUICE, Dr. Mertz says to not worry about the sugar as long as it isn't given in large amounts.

So now to Molly, We had a culture done of the bacteria, results should be back in a week. In the meantime he gave me another antibiotic, I can't remember what it is called though, it is an oral suspention. I need to give that once a day, he wants her to be able to see again as soon as possible. He says the eye abcsess is not ready to be drained yet, and he wants to leave the abcsesses on her head also, he believes they will go away in time and they are sectioned off from the rest of the body pretty well. He also dewormed her with panacur and also wants me to give her 1/10 of a 250mg tablet of metronidazol next week. In the meantime, this is all. He gave me some syringe tips that at first looked like needles, but are actually blunt on the end and are great for getting medication in their mouths.

I hope this post helps everyone, I did not know about those things!
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So does Dr. Mertz seemed to know allot about chameleons? Does he think Molly will be ok?
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He thinks she will be okay and he seemed to know a lot about chameleons and reptiles. He even palpated her belly and did not feel any eggs thankfully! he handled her very well also, and all of the interns were mesmerized by Molly because apparently chameleons are not legal in Massachusetts. One of the little kids that was running around was like " Oh look! an Iguana!" Hehe it was cute. The vet is located inside the New England Wildlife Center and the whole building is accessible to the public. It was a very nice place. When I looked down over a ledge I say a large man made pond with a large turtle that looked like it was missing some legs.
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Im not trying to say that what your vet said is wrong in any way because he knows a lot more than me. My question is how does gatorade especially pedialyte actually dehydrate the reptile even more? Unless it has a reverse effect on reptiles. Ive seen countless threads where pedialyte was recommended for hydration.
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Im not trying to say that what your vet said is wrong in any way because he knows a lot more than me. My question is how does gatorade especially pedialyte actually dehydrate the reptile even more? Unless it has a reverse effect on reptiles. Ive seen countless threads where pedialyte was recommended for hydration.
A reptile has a different saline level in their blood stream, so mammal drinks do not work to hydrate them. They need a lower level of saline. Apple juice has less salt than pedialyte, gatorade, and powerade.
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He thinks she will be okay and he seemed to know a lot about chameleons and reptiles. He even palpated her belly and did not feel any eggs thankfully! he handled her very well also, and all of the interns were mesmerized by Molly because apparently chameleons are not legal in Massachusetts. One of the little kids that was running around was like " Oh look! an Iguana!" Hehe it was cute. The vet is located inside the New England Wildlife Center and the whole building is accessible to the public. It was a very nice place. When I looked down over a ledge I say a large man made pond with a large turtle that looked like it was missing some legs.
I am not trying to sound like a downer but if chameleons are not legal, why did he agree to treat Molly and how would he know so much about chameleons? Are there lots of illegal chams there?
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Thats a good question I personally cant think of reason why chams would be illegal in mass. Hawaii on the other hand
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Well hopefull molly will get better kayla. How far of a drive is it from Manchester?
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Thank you for sharing that information! Keep us updated on Molly's progress.

Are you going to take Molly back to him again for a check up sometime?
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