HELP !! Weak veiled Cham

amy045

New Member
HE doesnt eat, every time he move it seems wea... sometimes he grabs himself.. whats happening?? pleas i do need help.. i really love him.. :(
 

KShook

Avid Member
HE doesnt eat, every time he move it seems wea... sometimes he grabs himself.. whats happening?? pleas i do need help.. i really love him.. :(
Can you post some photos??

ALSO can you fill this info out and we can help you out more with your cham.

Cage Info:
Cage Type - Describe your cage construction (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?
Lighting - What brand, model, and type 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?
Location - 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?

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.
Current Problem - The current problem that you are concerned about.
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Eltortu

Established Member
Hey amy045, have you tried a long warm shower? That may perk him up...also try to a warmer basking spot.
 

KShook

Avid Member
OOPS missed that :) Anyways...I would maybe reccomend you to get some Reptaid..its good for an immunity booster...you can get it from our Sponser: Chameleons Northwest..it wont hurt anything to try.. just a thought?
 

melric

Established Member
If you don't have a UVB bulb maybe you can get him into some natural sunlight until you get one.
 

melric

Established Member
I don't know if there is anything we can do at this point. You need to take him to a vet. Sorry.:(
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
Have you done anything for him? Given him liquid calcium? If you don't do something quickly he will be dead soon. It needs to go to a vet.
 

amy045

New Member
yes i do everything for him... i dont have the reptisun light but i will get it.. im uploading a video by youtube.. im veruy sad.. :(:(:(
 

farrahsc

New Member
He is severely dehydrated and has severe MBD. He needs a vet as soon as possible! Lots of extra misting, liquid calcium and a 5.0 UVB for him to even have a chance.
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
That chameleon has one of the worst cases of MBD that I have seen in a long time. I can not believe the change in it since the first pictures you posted....it the video it is in terrible condition. That chameleon has multiple breaks in its legs and needs help right away. A calcium imbalance not only affects the chameleons bones, but plays a part in many other systems in the chameleon's body and the longer this goes uncorrected, the less chance it will have of recovery....and from the condition in the video you need to help it quickly if you want it to survive at all.

I posted information in one of your other threads....but here it is again...
When a chameleon has MBD you need to bring the calcium back into balance and then make the necessary changes to your husbandry to keep them in balance. The quickest way to bring it back in balance is for the chameleon to have calcium injections until the blood calcium levels are high enough that it can be given a shot of calcitonin to draw the calcium back rapidly into the bones.

To bring the calcium levels back into balance it needs extra calcium, proper UVB (which it should have had all the way along), proper supplementation of D3 and appropriate temperatures. Liquid calcium sandoz or gluconate are more readily absorbed than the powdered supplements.

Here's some information that might help.......
Exposure to proper UVB, appropriate temperatures, supplements, a supply of well-fed/gutloaded insects, water and an appropriate cage set-up are all important for the well-being of your chameleon.

Appropriate cage temperatures aid in digestion and thus play a part indirectly in nutrient absorption.

Exposure to UVB from either direct sunlight or a proper UVB light allows the chameleon to produce D3 so that it can use the calcium in its system to make/keep the bones strong and be used in other systems in the chameleon as well. The UVB should not pass through glass or plastic no matter whether its from the sun or the UVB light. The most often recommended UVB light is the long linear fluorescent Repti-sun 5.0 tube light. Some of the compacts, spirals and tube lights have caused health issues, but so far there have been no bad reports against this one.

Since many of the feeder insects have a poor ratio of calcium to phosphorus in them, its important to dust the insects just before you feed them to the chameleon at most feedings with a phos.-free calcium powder to help make up for it. (I use Rep-cal phosphorus-free calcium).

If you also dust twice a month with a phos.-free calcium/D3 powder it will ensure that your chameleon gets some D3 without overdoing it. It leaves the chameleon to produce the rest of what it needs through its exposure to the UVB light. D3 from supplements can build up in the system but D3 produced from exposure to UVB shouldn't as long as the chameleon can move in and out of it. (I use Rep-cal phos.-free calcium/D3).

Dusting twice a month as well with a vitamin powder that contains a beta carotene (prOformed) source of vitamin A will ensure that the chameleon gets some vitamins without the danger of overdosing the vitamin A. PrEformed sources of vitamin A can build up in the system and may prevent the D3 from doing its job and push the chameleon towards MBD. However, there is controversy as to whether all/any chameleons can convert the beta carotene and so some people give some prEformed vitamin A once in a while. (I use herptivite.)

Gutloading/feeding the insects well helps to provide what the chameleon needs. I gutload crickets, roaches, locusts, superworms, etc. with an assortment of greens (dandelions, kale, collards, endive, escarole, mustard greens, etc.) and veggies (carrots, squash, sweet potato, sweet red pepper, zucchini, etc.)

Calcium, phos., D3 and vitamin A are important players in bone health and other systems in the chameleon (muscles, etc.) and they need to be in balance. When trying to balance them, you need to look at the supplements, what you feed the insects and what you feed the chameleon.

Here are some good sites for you to read...
http://chameleonnews.com/07FebWheelock.html
http://web.archive.org/web/200605020...Vitamin.A.html
http://web.archive.org/web/200406080...d.Calcium.html
http://www.uvguide.co.uk/
http://raisingkittytheveiledchameleon.blogspot.com/
http://web.archive.org/web/200601140...ww.adcham.com/
 
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ads

New Member
wow i am totally shocked by that video..... I couldnt even watch it all..... very very sad.... please get it to a vet asap
 
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