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Posted by icequeen on May 05, 2003 at 22:04:57:
In Reply to: lol, they sure keep you on your toes, don't they? posted by eric adrignola on May 05, 2003 at 20:08:43:
your cham likely has an abscess, which is a deep tissue infection. Just because the OUTWARD swelling has reduced, regardless of amount of reduction, there will still be a pocket of infection left deep within the tissue.
Treating him with a partial course of antibiotics (by finishing up the previous prescription) could potentially lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria...then you're screwed.
Take him to the vet, regardless of the amount of visable swelling, and/or get a FULL course of antibiotics, and let the vet clean the abscess out...otherwise, you'll probably end up with a recurrent, and aggressive infection.
:You know what, I really have not had too many problems with them, considering how long it had been since I actually had a chameleon. I had some calcium/D3 problems with my male and my male veild. I DO NOT think miner-all is a bad product, but I DO think I bought an old can of it. When I got a new tub of rep-cal, all the weakness went away. I got half-a$$ed and built his cage out of hardware cloth, and I paid $70 for a vet visit, and antiseptic cream and soak(foot damage on the wire). All of these problems could have been prevented if I had been careful. I have taken them for granted, simply BECAUSE they were so problem free to raise!
: To top it off, most of the info I was using was conflicting. I treated him like a montane chameleon, and he got hypovitaminosis. Turns out, they aint so sensative to vitamins like the othe rcool temp ones.....
:they're weird, but actually, they are the eaisest montaine species to work with.