Jackson chameleon potential mouth infection?


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I am not sure if it is forsure a mouth infection, and I’m looking for advice or opinions before I have to take her to the vet. She is around 8 months old and has no problem eating or drinking.


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I feel alternate crickets, meal worms, and super worms in her diet, she is in a cage without a humidifier, I put a small amount of repti calcium on her food around twice a week


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What exactly make you think he can have infection by the picture. Also can you please fill the "how to ask for help" form :

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If you zoom in on her cheek u can notice redness and extra skin almost.
Fill the form, it can be so many things and reason but from the picture

1)get the temperatures lower than that
1.1)fill the form
2)drop all your plastic plant in a garbage bag and change it for real plant (humidity keeper)
3)got a proper night drop
3.3)fill the form..
4)go with 12 hours of light 12 of darkness
5)raise the humidity during the night
6)dont forget to fill the form ;)

I think you mean temporal gland infection, not mouth...
This is probably right, since jackson god little pouch in the mouth natually filled with bacteria, when your husbandry is wrong, theses bacteria take over and this require medical assistance, so far this not look super bad but you need to act quick and be ready.. start to call some vet around your place and make yourself sure they know about chameleon, jacksons chameleons and temporal gland infection (if a vet fail to awnser to "what is a temporal gland infection".. then avoid this vet and call another.

see you with the form filled!

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I recently battled with a case of this with my Jacksons. His jaw was disfigured and swollen. This is by no means a substitute for a vet but you can slow down the infection by using a mixture of Terramycin and Nature Zone Rot Guard for mouth rot. https://www.reptifiles.com/jacksons-chameleon-care/sick-chameleon-health/mouth-rot-stomatitis/

In my case I noticed improvement using this in about a week, and it completely cleared up in about 3 weeks.

During this time, I also increased his vitamin supplementation, gave him way more access to natural UV and kept him on the higher end of his temperature range, all in attempts to boost his immune system response.
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