If it was me I would take him to a good vet to make sure the meds are the right ones and see exactly what he's being treated for. If he's not eating it could be due to pain, antibiotics, or many other issues! Only a vet will be able to give you all the info you need to make him all better.
sorry i replied to you last night, grrr i guess i didnt post it properly, the vet was the one the woman had taken him to, and he said he was looking brighter than when he saw him the week before, hes got some baytril and some carnivore care food, , hes not eaten still and im having to force feed him with the med food, i didnt want to come down this morning but hes haning in there, i gave him a shower , he hated it and didnt try to drink just wanted to get away
I've just picked up a Chameleon that was free to a good home, he had recently had a broken leg and come with a few meds, i was told he has to be hand fed as hes lazy, but hes not taking anything, i have bought him live food too but nothing seems to be working, any ideas please?[/Q
You didn't post anything wrong...I was replying to your post made after the vet visit.
Hope you have a safe and fun Fourth of july!
It sounds promising for him, since the vet has seen improvement.
Hopefully, he is stronger than you think and will be able to make the turnaround.
There is a good way to "shower" chams that often won't irritate them.
Here it is, quoted from the forum's Chameleon Care Resources "Water and Humidity" sheet :
Shower - Another method of providing water, especially to dehydrated chameleons, is by using a shower. Place a large plant in the tub, aim the shower head against the wall, and run the water so that only a fine mist reaches the chameleon. The water should be room temperature (not hot!). They may drink for up to 30 minutes. Make sure to supervise your chameleon at all times while using this method.
The full page is here and there are many other great info links on the lefthand side of that page:
I don't know what his enclosure is like but if it has drainage of some sort, you can run a dripper all day onto the leaves to give him plenty more opportunity to drink, in adddition to misting his enclosure.
Hopefully, he has a nice size screened enclosure.
Not knowing how much you already know about good cham care, I'll just add a few more thoughts...
Sometimes chams become ill as a result of their environment not being right for their needs and very often people aren't aware of some very important things, such as not keeping the cage too damp or conversely too dry or the fact that UVB bulbs only emit UVB rays for 6-8 months, even though they still light up so they must be replaced at least twice a year.
That's why the forum moderators wrote this and other caresheets :
Not replacing UVB bulbs 2x a year actually causes a serious and sometimes life-threatening calcium deficiency because it makes a cham unable to absorb the calcium from its food.
Nutritional problems are a very common cause of illness in chams, as well.
Your cham can't say thank you, so I'll say it again--I'm glad that you've devoted your time and efforts to helping this poor critter.
ty so much, i have had him out side with me sat in the sunshine most of the day he was so much warmer and seemed relaxed , ty once againBaytril is an antibiotic often used to treat infections in chams.
It is important to be sure he drinks plenty of water.
Hopefully, the appetite loss is a combination of the medicine and moving to a new home.
A recently broken leg makes me wonder if his previous owner knew to replace the UVB bulb every 6 months and to dust most of his feeders with calcium powder, dust 2x a month with calcium with D3 and 2x a month with a multivitamin powder.
Plenty of people see that the UVB bulb still lights up just fine but they don't realize that those bulbs stop giving off enough UVB after about 6 months.
Perhaps the vet would know if your cham had recently been calcium deficient and if it was treated.
Also making me wonder about that is the fact that calcium deficiency is one known cause of chams not being able to shoot their tongues at food or not shoot it very far.
You might be able to tempt him with some superworms lightly dusted with calcium that doesn't have D3. Many chams really enjoy them.
If the temps in your area are within his temperature range, then a little supervised time outdoors may make him feel a little better, too.
The Veiled caresheet has the temp info, as well as much more.
I hope he makes a swift recovery for you.
Please let us know how things are going and don't hesitate to ask questions.
Is there a bump below his vent?? Can you post a photo that shows that area? Are his lips always open a bit at the tip?