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The Iguana Den





IMPORTANT: These pages on health are meant to be general guides, not hard and fast rules. They were not written by vets and are NO SUBSTITUTE for veterinary care. If you suspect something is wrong with your iguana, PLEASE see a qualified veterinarian!

Internal Parasites

Iguanas can get or have various different internal parasites. All newly purchased iguanas should be quarantined from other reptiles/pets until a fecal is done on the new addition.
Taking a fecal sample into the vet to check it is very easy and inexpensive. It needs to be a nice fresh sample. One that preferably hasn't been in water. If you cannot take it to the vet right then, place it, in a bag and into the refrigerator. Its best if it is only a few hrs old when getting it to the vet to have the stool checked.

As stated... all new igs NEED to be checked. All iguanas should have at least one fecal check done a year, one every 6 months is better. Even if your ig tested clean on parasites at the last visit, stress and other factors can cause an increase in the parasite load.

Signs of internal parasites can be:

Frequent stools
Smelly stools (sour, foul odor)
Weight loss(even though eating well)
Loose stools
Mucus in the stools
Visible worms
Loss of appetite
Breaking potty habits(having bowel movements wherever they are at)
Bloated look to their stomach
Being less active

Once the fecal is tested, and medications are given, be sure to clean up and disinfect well any area the iguana has used as a bathroom to prevent reinfection.

Also, a recheck should be preformed every two weeks until at least four weeks of a clear fecal is obtained. The reason for this is that most medications only remove the adult parasites and the eggs remain and will hatch within two weeks.When giving medications, be sure to give the FULL recommended dosage and timeframe suggested my your Vet!!!



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