Re: Ways to Potentially Calm an Iguana
Posted by Roger on 5/4/2018, 5:43 pm, in reply to "Ways to Potentially Calm an Iguana"
During my 35 years on this site, only neutering has been tried for that. It's not clear whether it works even a little bit. plus it's expensive, and it's dangerous because it is open-abdomen surgery. |
Some iguanas even with expert care, never become docile. But I think getting advice from several successful iguana-tamers would give you a good chance at lowering your ig's aggression.
As for drugs, even within the human species, they work differently for people who are young, versus people who are full adults. How much less chance do igs have for a good result with inter-species medicine. Especially the ones that are meant to change behavior.
The only medicine that could possibly be thought to sedate igs is a specific anti-inflammatory for use to control pain after major surgery. Opiates and other pain relievers are never used for iguanas. After all these years of very frustrated owners trying t get their veterinarians to help with aggressiveness has not had any success at all.
Iguanas are very sensitive to chemicals. such as the fragrance of incense cedar which is pleasant to humans, but poison to iguanas. All tinctures are probably poison to iguanas. Melatonin could stress their livers/kidneys severely, there is no way to know. Cannabis products are not even all experienced the same way by humans, and may poison iguanas.
One thing you can do is provide him with a very tall, deep, and wide cage, with climbing ramps to get high up in the cage. The higher he is, the more sedate he will feel. But if an ig sees cats or dogs through a window, it can changing his personality instantly.