Syringe-feeding sick baby need a lil advice

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by JlaPinska, Jan 13, 2018 at 2:50 PM.

  1. JlaPinska

    JlaPinska Member

    Just a little bit of info i took in a young female veiled back in late september because her 12 year old owner wasn't keeping up with her feeding and watering. Fast forward to last weekend she quit opening her eyes and started refusing food. 4 days ago she started refusing water as well. Yesterday i took her to the vets. After going through my husbandry and feeding/watering schedule with him he said everything i'm doing is perfect. He concluded that her being sick is basically carried-over malnutrition from the previous owner. The previous owner wasnt giving her any supplements, also her basking areas were VERY far from the lights i would say almost a foot away so i had to fix that the first night i had her. He said by the time you visually can see they are sick it means they have been sick a long time already. So like a cat. He didnt see any traces of infection or mouth problems. He gave her a few shots one vitamin b and one for hydration, then he force fed her 2mL of something i forget but it was basically food.

    I now have to syringe feed her C/N (critical nutrition) in a 1:1 ratio with vegetable baby food mixed with pedialite 2-3 times a day. So far today i've fed her once, and she did not approve. She tried real hard to bite me and get away. That vitamin b shot yesterday really gave her some strength back.

    My question is, when i'm putting the syringe in her mouth, do i need to aim it toward her throat, or does just getting it in her mouth acceptable. I don't want to choke her.

    It took 4 squirts to get 2mL of slurry in her mouth, and i gave her time in between to swallow.
     
  2. I had to do this once before. You just need to get it into their mouth unless they are not swallowing. Chameleons should inpulsively swallow when there is something in their mouth. Just feed her in about 2 or 3 second increments and then give her time to breathe so she does not choke. Wait until she stops swallowing, and then do another increment. Hope that works
     
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  3. JlaPinska

    JlaPinska Member


    awesome thank you i was giving her lots of time between squirts so it sounds like i'm doing it just right. good good. i hope she gets better fast, it's very heartbreaking to watch her constantly roam the cage blindly. I was given the o-k to keep a pillow in the bottom of her cage temporarily in case she falls. i take it out when i mist and stick it back in when everything stops dripping. Poor thing!
     
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  4. That is so sad! I hope she feels better. It is so heartbreaking when you see a chameleon come from a neglect situation like that. I am so glad she got rescued, and I bet she will recover 110%! Good luck and good job! :) If you need any more help, there is always someone online!
     
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  5. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

  6. JlaPinska

    JlaPinska Member


    when i say squirting i mean when i am pushing the plunger on the syringe.. there's no other way to do it except to give small squirts. and no, she definitely does not have MBD. I have to be doing something right because not only is she swallowing the slurry but she's much stronger today and has been basking like normal. She is trying to bite me during feeds now which is a really good sign. I'm not having to pry her mouth open because shes opening it herself and its making the process easier. I don't have a recent photo except up close pics of her eyes being shut from like 4 or 5 days ago. Take my word for it she is very skinny and her eyes are shut. But she is showing signs of getting better already. I literally had to wrap her like a burrito today because she is so strong she was wriggling out of the towel
     
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  7. JlaPinska

    JlaPinska Member

    maybe when she gets back to basking i will snap a new pic. but for right now she is pissed off from the feeding at 2:30pm and is wandering the cage all pissy-like
     
  8. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    Never mind I the photos...I found some on another thread you posted.
     
  9. JlaPinska

    JlaPinska Member

    still no eyes open today, but lots of hissing and puffing and biting while trying to feed her now
     
  10. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    So....she's not gravid and hasn't got MBD?
     
  11. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    If she's not bad then she's not going to be able to digest her food properly. If she's still declining in health...looking worse each day then I would think there's more going on than malnutrition and that it needs to be dealt with.
     
  12. JlaPinska

    JlaPinska Member

    just an update still no improvement. she hasn't gotten worse but hasn't rapidly gotten better like i'd hoped either. i can't take her back to the vet this week but i can next week. so i will continue with the slurry diet until i can get her back in
     
  13. JlaPinska

    JlaPinska Member

    she is basking now when she wasnt before. i don't know whether to count that as improvement or not.
     
  14. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    My post said "if she's not bad"...it should have said "basking"... not bad.

    Eyes still shut? Not eating?
     

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