Re: Iguanas mouth
Posted by Roger on 7/18/2015, 9:23 pm, in reply to "Iguanas mouth"
Make sure his habitat is running perfectly: The right temperatures, the right foods, and the right humidity. Find some way to pinpoint the amount of UVB he gets. BTW, over the years, this support community has come to a major diet resolution. We all generally agree that kale has "nutrients" that combine with hindgut activity that locks the calcium in it with a strong bond that their bodies can't break. |
If he likes water sprays, gently spray his head and snout. He will probably lick the droplets off, giving him at least some water. Eating depletes water in his organ system, so look at this as a non-drinking problem. If he still hasn't eaten in three more weeks, we have a way of "force watering". But it isn't time for that yet.
When he's in the water, does he lower his chin and slurp the water? It can be subtle, and is very good for iguanas.
You didn't mention the stain on his jaw: Did he lick it off? It might be a bit of dried fruit. Or is it liquid sputum? You can tell whether it's wet or dry.
You mention the duration so far as "a couple of days". That's not long enough to make any conclusions.
To be safe, you can have your vet do a blood test and analyze it. It will reveal how well his metabolism is working. It reveals which medical problems he has. The other choice is to wait until he shows obvious signs of illness. But by then (two or three more weeks), if he does have an illness, it will be much worse by then, and you could lose him. I had to take my ig in when he displayed what yours is doing, but with him it usually was caused by rod-shaped bacteria in his gut which made him sick enough that he couldn't eat or drink. Eventually I learned that whenever he showed even the smallest sign of abnormal behavior, I would immediately take that iguana to an exotics vet as soon as possible. Ask for a next-day appointment.