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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!


Wounds on iguanas can be a scary thing for both iguana and owner. As with humans, some wounds are minor and can be treated at home, others are more serious and require prompt veterinary attention.

Iguanas tend to get into EVERYTHING, and sometimes their inquisitive nature can get them hurt. Minor scratches and abrasions can often be treated at home. Cornstarch or styptic powder can be used to stop light bleeding. A dilute betadine or Nolvasan bath is a good way to disinfect wounds. An antibiotic ointment like neosporin can be applied to the wound to help healing. If you have any concerns about a wound, no matter how minor, contact your vet.

Some wounds require immediate vet attention. Puncture wounds, deep gashes, and wounds that will not stop bleeding are all examples of wounds that need professional help. Bite wounds, whether from another reptile or a mammal, should also see the vet asap. Saliva, especially from cats, carries many different kinds of bacteria, and bite wounds can easily become infected. Any wound that shows bone or organs is an EXTREME emergency- see the vet NOW.

Bacterial Infection
Bacterial Infection
Bite from Another Iguana
Bacterial Infection
Bacterial Infection
Ig Bite
Results of Cat Attack
Kermit's Face
Cat Attack
Kermit's Face
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