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we have a yemen chameleon he has fallen in his cage and damaged

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we have a yemen chameleon he has fallen in his cage and damaged his back leg . can .
anything be done for him. If it is broken do their bones mend.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 years ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.


Poor Colin!

If he has damaged his leg, then I would suggest that you consider having him seen by his vet today. They can palpate (+/- xray) this leg for any sign of fracture. If he is clear, then rest (ie keeping him to a single level) and chameleon safe pain relief would be indicated to facilitate his recovery.


Otherwise, if the vet palpates a fracture, then Colin will require immediate stabilization and immobilization of the leg to prevent further damage. In regards XXXXX XXXXX healing, they will mend but the critical factor is that the bones need to be in correct alignment to do so. This is where xray can be helpful to tell us if we can easily align the bones with splinting or if his fracture requires surgical intervention to align. Just to note, once the bone is in proper aligment, it can take 6-12 weeks for full healing of the bone to occur.


Furthermore, as I am sure you are aware, nutrition is very important for the skeletal health of this species. Therefore, if Colin has an x-ray, you will be able to appreciate if he is receiving adequate nutrition and calcium (since metabolic bone disease can be appreciated at the same time). And this is of particular importance for complex fractures since MBD affected bones will not easily support internal or external fixation of fractures. In any case, you do want to review his current diet with his vet to make sure it is meeting his needs with the level of damage they identify.


In this situation, if Colin has damaged his leg then we do need to be prompt in our intervention. If he has only strained/sprained the muscle, then rest and pain relief should get him back on track. But if he has sustained a fracture, then prompt diagnosis and treatment will give him the best chance of proper recovery and use of his leg in the future.



I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.


If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. Please remember to rate my service once you have all the information you need. Thank you and happy holidays! : )

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