The most COMMON sickness and easy fixes

DABRUTE

New Member
What are the most common and an easy fix, without having to taking your cham to the vet? Some people don't even have vets near that take in reptiles. Thanks
 

trevev

New Member
To be honest, their isn't usually a quick fix to a chameleon illness. If you suspect your cham is sick, you should fill out the cham help form. You should also get it to the vet ASAP. Once a cham gets sick it can be difficult to get it back on track. This is one of the reasons they are not considered a beginning reptile ( not saying that you can't successfully start with a cham as first reptile). Good luck!
 

DABRUTE

New Member
To be honest, their isn't usually a quick fix to a chameleon illness. If you suspect your cham is sick, you should fill out the cham help form. You should also get it to the vet ASAP. Once a cham gets sick it can be difficult to get it back on track. This is one of the reasons they are not considered a beginning reptile ( not saying that you can't successfully start with a cham as first reptile). Good luck!

what are they considered as? have you ever had a sick one?
 

Miss Lily

Chameleon Enthusiast
Chameleons are excellent at masking signs and symptoms of illness. Often, by the time you notice something is not quite right, the chameleon is far more ill than you think. Take my first female, for instance, she started closing her eyes on one Monday afternoon, and I knew that was a sign of trouble so off we went to the vets the very next day. Sadly, she was dead within 5 days. As soon as I notice ANYTHING, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant going on with one of my chameleons, it's straight to the vets.
 

DABRUTE

New Member
Chameleons are excellent at masking signs and symptoms of illness. Often, by the time you notice something is not quite right, the chameleon is far more ill than you think. Take my first female, for instance, she started closing her eyes on one Monday afternoon, and I knew that was a sign of trouble so off we went to the vets the very next day. Sadly, she was dead within 5 days. As soon as I notice ANYTHING, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant going on with one of my chameleons, it's straight to the vets.
how much do vets cost? or it depends on whats wrong?
 

Miss Lily

Chameleon Enthusiast
It depends on where you live and the individual veterinary practice. There are two that have reptile vets near my house, one costs a lot more than the other!
 

Ventari

New Member
i actually took my chameleons to the vet for a routine check up its was about $77 for each the same place chuck g (heroic chameleons) takes his in fairfax if i remember right your in dc so thats close to you

edit: i can give you the number if you ever need it
 

DABRUTE

New Member
i actually took my chameleons to the vet for a routine check up its was about $77 for each the same place chuck g (heroic chameleons) takes his in fairfax if i remember right your in dc so thats close to you

edit: i can give you the number if you ever need it

thanks!!!!
 

Psychobunny

Avid Member
The best at home fix for health problems is preventing them with good husbandry from the very start.

Yes, but what about the feeders?
Even clean crickets from a crick farm can be loaded with pin worms, or worse!!

I have heard of some ppl giving their chams a low dose of de-wormer twice a year and dont bother to do a fecal float!!
 

ferretinmyshoes

Veterinarian
Staff member
Yes, but what about the feeders?
Even clean crickets from a crick farm can be loaded with pin worms, or worse!!

Pinworms are one of the most insignificant intestinal parasites fortunately. Unless they are in gigantic numbers or causing symptoms they usually don't even need to be treated. In tortoises there is some evidence that pinworms have a symbiotic relationship in the gut.

I have heard of some ppl giving their chams a low dose of de-wormer twice a year and dont bother to do a fecal float!!

Why treat if there's nothing actually there? Since chameleons can be sensitive to side effects if medications you are risking overall health for something that may not even be there. And not every parasite is suspectible to every dewormer, so depending on what dewormer and what parasite that may not even be treating the problem if it is there. Using dewormers indiscriminately is an excellent way to create super parasites that are resistant to dewormers. Read about Haemonchus contortus, a very common worm of goats that used to be no problem and now that it's resistant is causing huge losses for farmers, to see it in action.
 

Carlton

Chameleon Enthusiast
Pinworms are one of the most insignificant intestinal parasites fortunately. Unless they are in gigantic numbers or causing symptoms they usually don't even need to be treated. In tortoises there is some evidence that pinworms have a symbiotic relationship in the gut.



Why treat if there's nothing actually there? Since chameleons can be sensitive to side effects if medications you are risking overall health for something that may not even be there. And not every parasite is suspectible to every dewormer, so depending on what dewormer and what parasite that may not even be treating the problem if it is there. Using dewormers indiscriminately is an excellent way to create super parasites that are resistant to dewormers.

EXACTLY! Sure parasites can cause problems but think about it...if all parasites were terrible they would never survive because killing the host creature dooms them too. Most organisms live with some sort of parasite (including humans)...its when the host has other health problems that they get out of balance. A healthy cham can manage a low parasite load. Get fecal checks as part of routine health care...and only treat if necessary.
 

Chameleopatrick

New Member
The best at home fix for health problems is preventing them with good husbandry from the very start.

100 percent agree.

Unfortunately it seems like most, not all, are in search of shortcuts when it comes to chameleon husbandry. Bad lighting, stuffy conditions, too wet for too long, etc.

Chameleons kept properly are usually quite hardy.
 
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