RI being treated: husbandry review

Norbert

Member
Haha...that was so funny...I read your post about the towel and was glad to see someone besides name doing it that way...then I read this post and realized I had suggested it. Made me smile!
Thanks for giving me credit!
This towel method should make it a little less stressful.
One more thing...assuming your doing the needle in the front arm...try not to hit the bone. If you're doing it somewhere else please tell me...also what is the antibiotic?

I've used that method with water dragons (just try holding one of them still for it...they're bigger than a chameleon) chameleons and other lizards.

The towel also gives there feet something to hang onto that moves with the feet motions but doesn't really make the body move.

I used to do the whole thing by myself...got pretty good at pining an arm down and holding the chameleon in a position where it couldn't turn ebpnough to bite me with one hand while I gave the need,e with the other hand.

Good luck!
Sorry I somehow missed the part you asked what antibiotic. It is ceftazidime, every 72 hours, subcutaneous in the back. Here’s a picture of the vet doing the first injection. He made it look so easy 😅
 

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kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
Just keep the needle at a shallow angle like that so you don't pierce his lungs. That high up is a good place to do it for that and so it won't go our right away in the kidneys but will circulate.

Remember ...I'm not a vet ...just speak from my experiences and the experiences of others and what I've learned from vets and vet friends and reading papers.
 

Norbert

Member
Just keep the needle at a shallow angle like that so you don't pierce his lungs. That high up is a good place to do it for that and so it won't go our right away in the kidneys but will circulate.

Remember ...I'm not a vet ...just speak from my experiences and the experiences of others and what I've learned from vets and vet friends and reading papers.
Yep I try to do it exactly how the vet showed me and try to switch sides so he gets a little break in between. I didn’t know the reasoning for the high placement but I just copied what he did so thank you for explaining! Can’t wait to be done with treatment so I can leave him alone for a while. Thanks for all the help!
 

Norbert

Member
Hello all, I finished Norberts last round of antibiotics the other day. I did a light cage cleaning working around him (took all plants out and washed with soap and cleaned the bottom tray with dawn and wiped branches with water). He wasn’t too keen to come out for a thorough cleaning after all the stressful handling during treatment. I’ll do that once he seems less stressed next week. Humidifiers and foggers are all clean as well. I added plant stands so they drain better. Also added an extra double headed mistking nozzle so I have 3 heads now because only one small area was being misted by the single.

I was just wondering if there is anything to watch for after antibiotics are done? Should all the respiratory issues be done and can I assume he’s back to full health? He had his shed April 30 and still has some residual skin flakes stuck to his nose and on the tops of his toes but not wrapped around the toes. He isn’t back to full vibrancy and he still is showing stress colors but he is slowly getting some normal colors back. Appetite is back and droppings look healthy. There is no more gaping or head tilting. My only concern is the dull coloring he has now and the residual shed skin. Does all of this sound normal for a recovering chameleon?
 

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