Hand feeding-choices for syringe feeding
- We use tube feeding formulas developed by Lafeber’s and others. The amount will be decided at the exam.
- Powder one part rabbit pellets (run it dry through the blender) or use critical care by oxbow and three parts pedialyte. Freeze in ice cube tray and serve thawed with a syringe. This will work with herbivores.
Soak your reptile in warm water for 20 minutes once to twice daily. The water should not be above its shoulders. If it is very weak, you will need to monitor it the whole time or hold up its head to make sure it does not drown.
Remove all climbing materials. Your reptile is delicate in this condition and will fracture from falls.
Provide a UVB source such as the fluorescent Reptisun or mercury vapor bulb (even for geckos, though lower intensity needed). There can be no glass or plastic between the light and the reptile. The reptile should be no more than 12 inches away from the light, but no closer than 2 inches. On sunny, warm days (80°F +), the reptile can bask outside. Do not put it outside in an aquarium-it will cook. Allow access to water and shade. Provide predator protection. They are fast when they warm up, be careful!
Proper temperature gradient in the cage is important. Follow the recommended temperature gradient for the species you keep. For Green Iguanas, there should be a hot spot that reaches 95°F – 100°F. The low-end temperature of the cage should be 80°F. Do Not Use a Hot Rock for any species!!!! Spot light bulbs coupled with under the tank heating systems work well. A thermostat is recommended. You should have multiple thermometers to measure your temperature gradient.
The reptile should be kept alone during recovery. Undo stress from larger cage mates will hinder its recovery and/or continued health.
There should be a hiding place. Sometimes covering up half the enclosure helps the reptile to feel more secure. Often times, small reptiles respond to us as if we were predators. Until it gets used to you, give it security.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to provide helpful service to you and your pet. Please follow through with you pet’s rechecks as they are important in its recovery.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (502) 241-4117.