Constipation?

annambucher

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Yesterday I was freaking out and completely thought my Chamaeleon had a respiratory infection or mouth rot or something. She was gaping and did not look like she’s feeling well. I went in today and noticed there was poop in her cage that was very hard. Now she looks much better, isn’t gaping anymore, and is drinking. Could she have been constipated?
 

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Brodybreaux25

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Yesterday I was freaking out and completely thought my Chamaeleon had a respiratory infection or mouth rot or something. She was gaping and did not look like she’s feeling well. I went in today and noticed there was poop in her cage that was very hard. Now she looks much better, isn’t gaping anymore, and is drinking. Could she have been constipated?
It’s referred to as “impaction” , why is her back leg so swollen?
 

Brodybreaux25

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I have a feeling you may have more than one issue going on here.



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Kaizen

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As Brody mentioned, it would be very helpful if you filled out the form. More pics would also help.
 

Ares05

Chameleon Enthusiast
It is really great that you are taking her to the vet, but her hind leg does look swollen. It could be something more serious than it appears to be and could result in something way out of hand in terms of fixing/treating it. It's better to take care of it early rather wait for it to be harder to treat.
 

The Wild One

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are you certain that your chams vet has experience with chams? there has been a lot of cases where it may say "exotic Specialist" on their title, but have no idea what their doing
 
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