Pododermatitis HELP !!

MilotoMillie

New Member
So my girl Cham has a hurt front right paw. I googled and saw an image that looked about right and it said she had pododermatitis. I read it could be from being overweight or too small an enclosure. I’m ordering her grown up enclosure now because she is an adult now and laid 40 eggs for the first time (I thought she was a boy before this) is it possible she developed pododermatitis from being overweight while she had the eggs inside her? Does it heal on its own? Can I put something on it? I notice since she laid the eggs she hasn’t been as active, but she is still eating. I’ve attached a photo.
 

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MilotoMillie

New Member
So my girl Cham has a hurt front right paw. I googled and saw an image that looked about right and it said she had pododermatitis. I read it could be from being overweight or too small an enclosure. I’m ordering her grown up enclosure now because she is an adult now and laid 40 eggs for the first time (I thought she was a boy before this) is it possible she developed pododermatitis from being overweight while she had the eggs inside her? Does it heal on its own? Can I put something on it? I notice since she laid the eggs she hasn’t been as active, but she is still eating. I’ve attached a photo. I also want to note there’s no pus or blood. Just this discoloration at the nail. She climbs up the mesh. Could they have got yanked?
So my girl Cham has a hurt front right paw. I googled and saw an image that looked about right and it said she had pododermatitis. I read it could be from being overweight or too small an enclosure. I’m ordering her grown up enclosure now because she is an adult now and laid 40 eggs for the first time (I thought she was a boy before this) is it possible she developed pododermatitis from being overweight while she had the eggs inside her? Does it heal on its own? Can I put something on it? I notice since she laid the eggs she hasn’t been as active, but she is still eating. I’ve attached a photo.
I also want to note there’s no pus or blood. Just this discoloration at the nail. She climbs up the mesh. Could they have got yanked?
 

janjan20

Chameleon Enthusiast
Welcome! Definitely going to need some more pics of the foot. I would highly recommend filling out the health form. This can pinpoint the cause and prevent anymore problems. Also, husbandry is KEY to being a successful keeper so it helps to have it reviewed. Just copy and paste and fill it out in detail with pics of the enclosure, lights, etc.
Here is some recommended information to include when asking for help in the health clinic forum. By providing this information you will receive more accurate and beneficial responses. It might not be necessary to answer all these questions, but the more you provide the better. Please remember that even the most knowledgeable person can only guess at what your problem may be. Only an experienced reptile veterinarian who can directly examine your animal can give a true diagnosis of your chameleon's health.


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?
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  • Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
  • Placement - 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?
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Please Note:
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  2. Photos can be very helpful.
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
Did she dig a hole and bury the eggs? If so, what substrate did she dig in?

It could be from getting caught in the screen....or from digging if she did dig.

Chameleons pus is like cottage cheese not thinner like ours is. It looks like it's infected so you will need to take her to a good exotics vet and get it cleaned out and she will likely need to be put on an antibiotic. To determine the right antibiotic you will need to do a culture and sensitivity test. The vet can talk to you about that.
Good luck.
 
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