Larse Lee asked in PetsReptiles · 1 decade ago

what do you do when your iguana has diahria?

ever sice last fall, my iguana, cornelius, has ben oozing and having loose bowle movements. i am concerned but do not want to take him to the vet because that is against my religeon

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Against your religion to take an animal to a vet?!?!?!?! Is it against your religion to go to the ER too if you've been hurt?!?!?!

    This is a sign your ig is sick (may have parasites) and needs to be taken care of by a vet, so if it's against your religion, you need to go against your religion for the health of your iguana. You need to take a fecal sample to a vet for the vet to test to find out. Blood work might be a good idea also. If you don't take your iguana to a vet he/she may die, it has been since fall you say and he/she may just be getting sicker by the minute due to your religion.

    Here is a link that may help you to treat your ig w/out a vet:

    Young iguana (8-12 months of age) should not live in anything smaller the a 55 gallon tank. Smaller the tank you can not process the correct temps threw out. Enclosure needs to be at least 1.5-2 times it's total length ... an adult you will need a space of 6-7ft tall x 8-10ft long x 4ft wide.


    never let drop below 70F ...

    basking 92-96F if temp is too low digestion is slowed too high food digests too fast and nutrition is lost

    medium/middle (overall) 88-92F

    cool 75-84F

    at night 73-84F ... having a temp gun works the best to know what your igs body temp truly is.


    US: ReptiSun 10.0 distance 8-10 inches from your igs body

    Repti Glo 8.0 distance 6-8 inches from your igs body

    ReptiSun 5.0 distance 6-8 inches from your igs body

    UK: Arkadia distance 6-8 inches from your igs body

    - You will need to adjust the distance as your ig grows

    - Using a shop light from a home improvement store works the best, get one that has 2 tube plugs and using 2 UVB tubes

    - The UVB listed are in tube form, using the 36-48inch tubes are the best more length for your ig

    - Surface under the UVB tube lights need to be a flat surface if at an angle your igs body will not get the proper UVB threw out

    - There are UVB's out there on the market now that can cause eye damange to your ig

    - W/out UVB your ig may end up w/ MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease)

    - UVB information that you may find interesting: - -

    Floor covering:

    BAD floor covering: bark, dirt, moss, sand, pellets are all bad ... at some point your iguana will try and lick swallow and then possibly cause blockage which will then need to be surgically removed or possibly death ... SAFE floor covering: newspaper (unprinted), paper towels, towels, vinyl flooring, indoor/outdoor carpeting - if you have any lose fibers from the carpeting or the towels please remove and replace - unprinted newspaper if you possibly can use is safer just in case your ig likes to try and eat the newspaper some ink may contain soy


    Daily food should have 5-7 good staple greens (2-3 cups a day if not more younger igs may eat less then 1/4 cup) ... collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion greens (if you can find), endive, radicchio, arugula, mache (if you can find), watercress ... some greens to give occasionally kale, bok choy, escarole ... adding basil for young igs sometimes helps them eat ... romaine is mostly water no nutrience, you can add small amount and occasionally in w/ the good staple greens (collard, mustard, etc) but do not make romaine just your iguanas choice of greens (or any other type of lettuce most of us humans eat) ... some things to add (small amounts) snap peas, bell peppers (every now and then), parsnip, sweet potato/yam, acorn squash, butternut squash, buttercup squash ... fruits should only be given every now and then once or twice a week type of thing fruits are like junk food to iguanas ... some fruits to try papay, kiwi, mango, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, honeydew (great water source), canalope (great water source), 12 grain wheat bread ... if anything has seeds make sure you remove seed before you give it to your iguana anything w/ small seeds like strawberries wait like 3 days before giving anymore ... watermelon (seedless) can be frozen and then shaved onto your iguanas food helps w/ hydration everyday ... there are some foods that aren't good for your iguana: spinach has oxalate acids bind to the calcium, so even though spinach is high in calcium, almost none is actually available for the iguana to use, also the oxalate acids can form oxalate crystals which can and do build up in the kidneys causing kidney damage/failure ... some ig owners do give there ig spinach but in very small amounts and only once a month ... corn igs can not digest ... carrots can block calcium absorption ... bananas are low in calcium best to give another type of fruit ... apples too much acid - appetite suppressant ... food should be cut/chopped/diced no bigger then the iguanas head, if they are small having a chopper chop them up, or slice them into very small pieces ... spray/mist food to help w/ water/hydration

    Animal protein:

    Iguanas are plant eaters, they should not be feed any animal protein. No meat, no dairy, no tofo. If you ever give your ig iguana diet dried food, please read the ingredients there are so many products on the market today that clearly puts meat protein in there ingredients, usually w/ in the first 10 ingredients.


    When you get an iguana you should take your ig to a herp/reptile vet that knows about iguanas. Just for a new pet check over. Your ig may have mites, parasites or other nasty things carried from the pet store. Plus if anything was to happen you know who to call w/out looking threw the phone book hoping you find a vet who knows something about iguanas.

    Sites for you to read: - -

    A great book to read and have on hand:

    Iguanas for Dummies by Melissa Kaplan

    Yahoo has some great sites for Iguana owners... these groups helped me and still help w/ questions .. if you'd like to join: -

    Source(s): - Iguana owner
  • 1 decade ago

    Parasite infections, including worms and protozoans, may cause a loosening of the fecal mass to the point where it no longer holds its shape. The urates may be tinged reddish or rusty in the case of some protozoan infections. The feces of such iguanas often smell rank. When infected with Giardia, they may smell quite strongly, and strongly unpleasant.

    Psychological upset may also cause temporary diarrhea as may a radical change in diet, or eating a food item that does not agree with the lizard's digestive system. Such temporary upsets may be successfully countered by administering a small amount of nonfat yogurt containing live cultures. Parasites cannot be so treated, however, and should not be treated with over-the-counter preparations found in pet stores.

    A veterinarian is required to examine the feces to determine what organism is causing the problem and to prescribe the proper doses of the proper medication. Follow the directions for the initial and subsequent doses of medication and have the feces rechecked a couple of weeks after the last dose to determine whether an additional dose will be required. Information on collecting fecal samples and the types of tests performed may be found in the veterinary visit section of my Iguana Care, Feeding, and Socialization article.

  • 1 decade ago

    Oh well, if it's against your religion to take him to the vet you better just put a cork up its bum and hope for the best.

  • 1 decade ago

    what for religion are you that allows u to have a reptile but not give it the care it deserves???

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