Hi All
I got a little veiled about a month ago and he stared to shed a couple of days ago, there is still abit of skin under his arms. Recently ( a day or two) i noticed he was walking around the bottom of his cage with his eyes closed. Even now he won't open his eyes, i don't know if he's eating and i don' t think he's drinking, i really getting concerned, is he dhyrated or is it a shedding thing.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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Wet his skin (where's the remained shed) with warm (not hot!) water until you can rub the old skin away. If he doesn't drink try to put a drop of water on his lips and continue if he licks it away (5 drops per day). With closed eyes he can't see and won't eat anything or be able to climb. Do you give him calcium/vitamin-dusted insects? Has he UV-light? This two points are essential for chams. A visit to the vet would also be in order.

Anna
Today he is opening his eyes just alittle and he is eating chicken baby food (yuck) anyway, i phoned a local pet shop and i was told it could be an eye infection and to put polysporin drops in his eyes, he dosen't like it much. I think i will wait a day or two to go to the vet, there isn't a real reptile vet on the island so any vet i go to will be basically useless. Any helpful tips or comments would be greatly appreiciated

Ally
c1c0 wrote in message ...
First off you don't necessarily need a herp vet .Some vets dont know a lot about the husbandry of reptiles but are still knowledgeable to all the bacteria,parasites and virus that can aflict your reptile.They can give you proper treatments unlike pet store.Do not use polysporin in his eyes unless your vet says too.It can dry his eyes out and is useless un less you know whats wrong.Start to feed him insects and not baby food which is full of fillers and lacking nutrition.Chameleons need fibre and the best for this is crickets.All crickets and meal worms must be gut loaded with the proper veggies and fruit.You chameleon could simply be lacking proper vitamins.Lacking even vit A can cause eyes to dry out.If humity is low or you have a bright light to close this could bother him also.Please start with a proper diet and that will anable him to fight off many problems..B
Pet stores generally know nothing or only few about herp care. Their work is to SELL animals, not to cure them. Closed/ crusty eyes are a sign of lack of vitamin A.
Do you give him vitamins? Do you give him calcium? Does he have UV? If not, change this.
Anna
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First off you don't necessarily need a herp vet .Some vets dont know a lot about the husbandry of reptiles but are still knowledgeable to all the bacteria,parasites and virus that can aflict your reptile.

Normal vets are only good for fecal exams. The dosages for reptiles aren't the same as for cats and dogs. They are more delicate and can suffer diseases different from mammals. How would a normal vet explain you swelling of the joints, mouth root or retained shed?
The cham mentioned in the subject sufferst probably from a wrong nutrition, but only a specialized vet can tell.
Barry, if you write where you live people here can tell you the nearest herp vet in your area.
Anna
Normal vets are only good for fecal exams. The dosages for reptiles aren't the same as for cats and dogs. ... diseases different from mammals. How would a normal vet explain you swelling of the joints, mouth root or retained shed?

I'm afraid I'm gonna have to disagree. Most vet schools here in the US now offer at least some instruction on treatment of exotic pets like reptiles. So they should have the basic knowledge necessary to diagnose common herp problems. (I am of course assuming that the OP is in the US).
Barry, if you write where you live people here can tell you the nearest herp vet in your area.

This I totally agree with. Try looking at www.arav.org, www.anapsid.org, or www.herpvetconnection.com for lists of vets by state. If that fails, ask here. Someone who reads this might be in your area and know a great vet.
-Z
Thanks for all your replies, unfortantly i live in Canada, so it will be harder to find a proper vet. Also, he's doing extremly well on the baby food,( with his vitamins mixed in) his eyes aren't sunken nearly as much and he seem stronger, and i never said there were crusty, they aren't, it just looks like he's sleeping all the time. Since i have been giving him the drops he keeps his half open most of the time. he have a UV bulb, he gets misted ( with calcium enriched water) 3 times a day and he gets itamins( with vitamin A ) every other day and calcium on the opposite day, i'm sure he just had a bad first shed. Thanks for all your help

Ally
P.S. Just incase you wanted to know, when you start ranting about something it makes you sound like a raving jackass so please don't pretend to know everything, and then try to tell me. O.K. ?
c1c0 wrote in message ...
Just curious why would mist with calium enriched water?I can see this causing a number of problems.It also has no effect when sprayed other than leaving deposits.I also cant stress the need to feed gut loaded insect's for proper nutrution and proper digestion.Let alone its natural instinct to hunt.It also need's to build up muscles in mouth and tongue.Millions of years of evolution to fine tune this reptile and it has come down to baby food..oh boy..B
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