Vet Broke Her Ribs?

payton.geschke

New Member
HI Everyone! I just got this account and I'm excited to join the community! I recently got a cham, she's maybe like 3 moths old? She had an upper respiratory tract infection so I took her to the vet. He gave me antibiotics that did help the infection go away, but since I brought her home it seems like her ribs look different. It almost looks like some little bumps under her skin. It's a bit hard to see in the picture, but I'm sure you guys will catch my drift, it's the four little dots below her spine. I've looked around the other forums, and some people have said broken ribs, some have said excess calcium deposits, I'm just not sure which is affecting my little girl, could it be a result of the infection? Will it go away/heal on its own? Any advice would be helpful, and I'll fill out that super long form if need be, just let me know!

Thank you all in advance!!
- Payton



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nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
Odds are they are broken ribs. but those knobs are healed broken ribs. They should have been there pre vet. They are very springy and take the hard blow when they fall out of trees in self defense. If the vet did sound rough handlinging (look in mouth etc), you will get black spots etc were the grip was.
 

payton.geschke

New Member
@nightanole Thank you for your response! Maybe she was mishandled at the PetSmart I got her from (probably not the best place to get them). Do you think I should be doing anything more to help her, or should she be okay since the knobs mean her ribs are healed?
- also a bonus unrelated question: can you tell from that second picture if she looks dehydrated? I've heard the skin gets saggy when they are, but I can't tell if that's what's going on with those wrinkles?
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
Welcome to the forum... Nothing you can do for broken ribs but give it time and proper husbandry to promote healing.
You might consider filling out this form with detail and posting pics of the entire enclosure lighting down. Her eyes should not be closed like that in the first pic.

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payton.geschke

New Member
@Beman : Her eyes should not be closed like that in the first pic.
Thank you for your response! The first picture was from a day or two after she got back from the vet, and she was still suffering from the respiratory infection, which I believe is why her eyes were closed. Now that she's finished her meds they are open all the time again! I will also make a separate post later with the husbandry form to get advice and make sure I'm doing everything right. Thanks again!
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
@nightanole Thank you for your response! Maybe she was mishandled at the PetSmart I got her from (probably not the best place to get them). Do you think I should be doing anything more to help her, or should she be okay since the knobs mean her ribs are healed?
- also a bonus unrelated question: can you tell from that second picture if she looks dehydrated? I've heard the skin gets saggy when they are, but I can't tell if that's what's going on with those wrinkles?

We get tons of broken ribs and they are all fine. In the wild they catch them with tongs etc. its cartilage so it heals pretty quick. Now if it happens in your care, thats a sign of bone weakness. And hopefully it will smooth out a bit since they will be doubling in weight every 6-8 weeks. I had one with the top of the eye ball socket missing from what i assume was a bird peck, but it filled in by the time he was an adult.
 

payton.geschke

New Member
Regarding dehydration....what color are her urates?
They're usually nice and white, sometimes light yellow, but nothing crazy! Her skin is the only physical concern I have about the dehydration, and she'll only drink for a minute or two a day (and will only drink if I'm watching over her), so I'm not sure if that's normal.
 
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