Baby has a broken arm!!! What can we do?

selfmade64856

New Member
One of our week old babies got it's arm stuck between a branch and the cage mesh and now it's arm is broken. What can we do to help it? Can we put on a mini cast or something? I don't see how since she/he is so small.....but I would be willing to try. Is there anything we can give it for pain?

Thanks!
 

laurie

Retired Moderator
I am sorry to hear about your baby. Is it a front arm or back arm? As far as I know there is nothing much you can do and I would be afraid to give a cham that small medication for pain even if you knew what to give it. Just try to keep it where it can't fall or get hurt and let it heal. The cham will adapt to the broken arm.
 

Carlton

Chameleon Enthusiast
One of our week old babies got it's arm stuck between a branch and the cage mesh and now it's arm is broken. What can we do to help it? Can we put on a mini cast or something? I don't see how since she/he is so small.....but I would be willing to try. Is there anything we can give it for pain?

Thanks!
I don't know how tiny this little one is, but would it be possible to put a small piece of vet wrap (that self adhesive flexible bandage) around the leg to help support the break until it stabilizes? A baby like this is actively growing so it might not be needed very long.
 

selfmade64856

New Member
Thanks for the advice Laurie. It is his front right arm between the wrist and elbow. I have since trimmed back the branch to prevent this from happening again. He seems to be doing ok so far. I will keep an eye on him. Poor little guy. I love all eight of them! :) I wish I would have been paying closer attention.
 

ferretinmyshoes

Veterinarian
Staff member
I think Carlton has the right idea. There's no real splint or cast for something that small unfortunately but it will heal pretty quickly at that age so if there's any way you can just stabilize it to try to keep it straight for a few weeks until then that's about all you can do. Pain meds may knock out its kidneys at such a young age so best to avoid those. Make sure he gets lots of calcium for good healing! what are you using for gut loading?
 

selfmade64856

New Member
Thanks everyone. The baby is super tiny, but that same day I took his arm and very gently think I put it back in place. The next day I could see that his arm was a bit swollen and that he was favoring it. By day 3 I had to visually watch for a good 10 minutes to find out which one had the bad arm.....today I cannot tell. All of the chams are using their arms and "hands" ;) just fine so it seems that I got lucky and the arm is healing nicely.

Thank you all for your advice and support. It's comforting to know that I can pop online and get any questions or concerns answered by a knowledgeable group.

Thank you!
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
You may want to post your husbandry by filling in the questions in the "how to ask for help" thread in the health section just in case there is a nutritional issue.
 
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