Since she is being so nice rite now she actually let me touch her eyes n with her help lol she actually helped me...I took out the stuff that was covering her eyes...it was like gooey eye buhgurs..she was moving her head against my finger to help me get it out...it was like she knew I was trying to help her...she's never that nice...she looked at me after I took the majority of the stuff out like she's never seen me before n she started to grip me really tight n her beard came down a little... Then I just pet her and put her back in her cage n idk now I'll have to wait n see....she is shedding kinda but not like before... I don't know what caused the stuff over her eyes or the lump but shes now rubbing her eye against a branch to get the rest of the stuff out.
How long have you had her? You stated you only use the calcium once a week..you should be using it everyday. You said you have a Reptisun UVB so most likely the MBD(which is not too severe yet) was caused by lack of calcium in the diet. More than likely the gunk will come back again. Please borrow the money and get your chameleon to a vet as soon as you can. Waiting to see if it gets better on its own is not the answer.
Calcium dust every day is a bit excessive, in my experience. To then claim that this is likely due to a calcium deficiency is just not there from what we know.
The animal has multiple issues right now. A competent vet may be able to help. One not schooled in chameleons might be a waste of money.
Just going by what everyone seems to do on here and that is calcium at every feeding without the d3, with d3 twice monthly and multi vit twice monthly also. I do not use d3 as my chameleons are generally housed outdoors all day. I never knew that to be excessive especially if they are in the developmental stages??? I know you know far more than me, but just have never heard of there being problems with the daily dusting and it is the recommendation on here. Also, if the chameleon is getting the proper uvb exposure then what is the likely culprit if it is not a lack of calcium in the diet??? I am always willing and eager to learn everything I can, so if you can enlighten me on this I would appreciate it! I mean this in a nice way!! I respect you and your input.
Carol. I wish you the best with your husbandry. But you made the dual claims that:
1) Daily calcium supplementation was recommended; and
2) That it was the likely base cause of the eye issues.
It is for you to support such with something more substantial than anecdotal info. And frankly, I do not see any anecdotal support in your post.
The point that I made, and which still stands, is that we cannot possibly know based on the limited information. I also doubt that the poster with the ill chameleon could possibly give us enough info to make a diagnosis. While I am not diagnosing the problem, in my experience a vitamin A deficiency, now far advanced to the point of secondary eye infections, is far more probable than anything calcium. However, I am not diagnosing such. Only pointing out that there are so many possibilities, and I think it foolish to offer any diagnosis, and more importantly, corrective action based on such limited abilities in this situation.
To the original poster. I hope you can afford to see a competent vet. I suspect you have a couple of issues. The apparent eye infections do need to be treated, but they do not just happen out of the blue. Something else enabled such.
What vitamin supplement do you use ? Thanks.