What to Ask the
sure to find a Vet to care for your iguana BEFORE you need the vet in
an emergency!! Also, Have a back up vet!!
to Ask your Vet
trying to find a Vet to help your iguana with general care/health issues
and in times of an emergency, you need to KNOW that your Vet KNOWS iguanas
your Vet doesn't come recommended by someone that has used him/her then
you need to be SURE they KNOW the "right stuff" Some general
care questions can give you a good idea on the Vet's knowledge and how
he or she has kept up on iguana information.
questions such as:
foods do you recommend?
greens with added veggies and some fruits.
Do iguanas really need UVB and why?
|yes, they need
it to be able to
absorb the calcium in the foods they eat
|Do you recommend
||NO!, They can
and do cause very serious burns
|How big will
my ig get?
||with good care
you can expect near 5 foot to over 6 foot from tip of nose to tip
animal protein ok for my ig?
||no, an iguana's
kidneys and other organs cannot process animal proteins
|Are you a member
of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians?
||Its nice when
the answer is yes, but, keep in mind that in many cases, experience
is the best teacher and learning tool.
your Vet either passes or fails this "little test", you will
either be looking for a new vet, or asking him/her harder questions
|How many iguanas
on an average do you see in a month? (this will vary with where
you are located)
covers for you when you are not available?
|Is your office
available 24 hours a day for emergencies?
you ever spayed an iguana? How many? results?
you recommend yearly bloodwork on my iguana?(yes...to keep an eye
on anything that can possibly be developing)
to other owners?(they should be very willing to share this, or offer
to have the owners contact you)
Now that all that is out of the way..and your Vet has passed your test
you have your iguana there for a checkup:
|Is the office
there separate areas for housing reptiles that may need to stay
|Is proper heat
provided in those areas?
sure to ask about getting some blood work done. This is important as
that it is the only "true" test on your iguanas health.This
generally cannot be done on a very young ig... more towards a yr or
so. With all
igs, a fecal exam is a must!! This should be done at least yearly!
in mind that for a Vet to refer to him/herself as a "specialist"
they must have trained extensively in that area and have taken an exam
and passed in each species.
to let your Vet know:
|If your iguana
is eating less...more( variety of things)
smelling stools(parasites,intestinal upset)
|No Stools (blockage,
dehydration, other problems)
that are looser than normal(parasites,intestinal upsets)
its normal pottying habits
wrinkles on his/her body(dehydration)
when climbing (early mbd or other illness,broken bones)
Falling (as above)
that are there, or may have changed
behavior(circling,head tilting,awkward movements)these can be signs
or less water(illness, gravid, other)
to lay in cooler or warmer area all the time(varied things)
|Laying in water
pan all the time(gravid, other)
CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY?
go to the bathroom
when they are under their basking area
that you aren't sure is an emergency...is an emergency!! A call
to your Vet can verify if you need to take your iguana in to be