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Posted by phnoxx on May 04, 2003 at 14:57:03:
In Reply to: Spike is BLEEDING on his lips, anyone have advise to heal? posted by Cookiespike on May 02, 2003 at 21:47:23:
:now he,s bleeding on his lips, and I don't know what to do about stopping the bleeding or helping the wound to heal,
:can anyone help?
You have to give us some idea of what is happening to cause the damage. My guess is, he's snout-banging against the inside of his enclosure. If that's it, you have to make sure the environment you've given him is tolerable to him (enough room,, proper temps, etc.). Then, pad the walls and windows that he bangs into. Just obscuring his view can do the trick, but if he snout-bangs when you put your hand in there, he needs all the padding until he gets more tame.
Styptic powder from the pharmacy will stop bleeding, but I bet the bleeding stops on it's own until he re-injures himself.
A vet will know the extent of the damage, and can prescribe antibiotic ointments that work better that over-the-counter brands. But it's up to you to figure out how to get him to stop re-injuring his snout.
BTW, it's very hard to make a protective bandage for igs' snouts; I've tried it.
:he is about 23" and he's aggresive!
Is he a new adoptee? If so, then his aggression is Relocation Stress, and that will subside in a few weeks (though he still maybe untame). If not, he's just untame, and you can read up on the 'Net how to tame iguanas:
The Iguana Den
Melissa Kaplan's Giant Green Iguana Information Collection http://anapsid.org/iguana
Jennifer Swofford's Iguana Manual http://www.baskingspot.com/iguanas/
The Green Iguana Society main page http://www.greenigsociety.org/