Vet Visit 7.11.14

Who went to the vet today:

1. Murphy

2. #4 – Raspberry

3. Baby Bop

4. Darwin

5. Edwardo

6. Picassa


Individual Details…


1. Murphy( Male Melleri Chameleon) – 447grams today

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* Still eating on own.

* Minor health Issues, but still need addressing sooner than later.

*Gram Stain : 

1. wax plate – Rare g+, very Rare g-

           *Meds: Gentamician Sulfate Ointment

2. Inside Mouth – Normal Flora

           *Meds: None at this time

1. Left Eye- still shuts occasionally (every other day)

* vet – corneal tissue “dry”

* Medication: Flurbiprofen – daily(see if difference) vs. 1x per 2 weeks


2. Increased Saliva (past few days)

* no bacteria, so just observe

* Medication: None at this time.


3. Wax Plate Removal (today)

* vet – Superficial Irritation in corner of mouth

* Medication: Gentamicin Sulfate Ointment/daily


Wax Plate Comparison


2. # 4 Raspberry (Female Melleri Chameleon) – 145grams today

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* Still eating on own.

* Giving Carnivore Care 1cc-daily to help Boost Immune System

* Wobbly when walking

* Seems semi – weak

* Semi Urgent health Issues, need to figure out something quickly

*Gram Stain : 

1. Mouth – Mild Mixed g+/g-

           *Meds: Zosyn Injection

1. KNOTS (noticed since last visit)

* vet – not MBD

*Took Sample from Right Hip – DIF Quick = Lymphocytes, Hetrophils and Bacteria/g+ & g- cocci

* Medication: Amikacin Gel (injected into elbow and hip)



DIF Quick


Sample from #4 Right Hip


Hip Fluid to be Stained

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DIF Quick – Lymphocytes, Hetrophil, Bacteria G+/G- cocci


Amikacin Gel Injection

* Left Front Elbow & Right Hip (1 injection lasts 7-10 days)


Injection of Amikacin Gel into Elbow


3. Baby Bop (Female Melleri Chameleon) – 199grams

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* Still eating on own, hard time hand feeding, tongue isn’t as “sticky”.

* Semi Concerned, mouth infections can be deadly if not treated ASAP.

* Red Tongue (noticed 7.7.14) – given Oral Cipro-same day, til vet visit. (7.11.14)

* Same Reddening – like Darwin’s Tongue. Compare.

* Swabbed mouth for Culture and Gram Stain 7.7.14 (did before starting meds)

*Gram Stain : 

1. Inside Mouth- Mild g+, Moderate small g- Rods

* g- rods more than Darwin, but similar.

           *Meds: Zosyn – injections (7)

1. Red Tongue

* vet – swelling, and thinks this happened from bugs

* Medication: stop Cipro ( doesn’t seem to be working)

Start Zosyn (7 injections)


Tongue Comparison 



4. Darwin (Male Veiled Chameleon) – 157grams

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* Still eating on own.

* Red Tongue/Mouth Bacteria

* Has been addressed…. but..

1. want to change medicine (don’t feel it’s working)

2.  “in person” compare Baby Bop to his mouth.

*Gram Stain : 

1. Mouth – Mild g+, Mild Small g- Rods

           *Meds: Zosyn (7 injections)

1. Red Tongue

* vet – should have been better after 36 days on Cipro, so take off and START Zosyn

* Medication: Zosyn

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Darwin Tongue


5. Edwardo (Male Nosey Be Panther Chameleon) – 245grams

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* Handfed only, eats superworms, silkworms and hornworms. 1cc of Carnivore care daily

* Still having trouble gripping things

* Re-checking FIlarial worms/medicine

*Gram Stain : 

1. Mouth – Mild  to Moderate Mixed g+, g-

           *Meds: Zosyn (7 injections)

1. Quick Blood Smear/ Re-evaluate Filarial Worms

* vet – less worms, slowly progressing, thought they would have all been gone by this treatment.

* Medication: Ivermectin #6 treatment

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Pulling Blood for a Quick Blood Smear, to see the difference in Filarial Worms, a few weeks after his last Ivermectin Treatment


Less worms than before, but still there

2. Grip Issues Still

* Mental effort to grip. He walks more, but falls easier than before. Why?

* Nervous System Problems?

* X-Ray – to be done soon. The machine was broke when I went before the visit, but now waiting to be fixed, then we will address his situation after. 


Photos from video captured of Edwardo trying to climb and falling super easy

3. Sensitive when you touch his tail (more so in the middle)

* Just noticed 2 weeks or less. When you touch his tail, he sometimes “jolts” up and “jerks”. Seems like it is painful. Why?

* X-ray – to check, then reassess. 

6. Picassa- (Female Veiled Chameleon) – 226grams

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* Still eating on own.

* Watching her for a friend for the Summer

* Just wanting to make sure she is well. I have NEVER had a veiled that weighed this much with eggs.

* Still has 30 days til digging, if she lays in 90 days


* Rule out Follicular Statitis

*Gram Stain : 

1. Mouth – Normal

           *Meds: None


* vet – she is doing well, and should have no problems.

* Medication: none


Profile view with eggs





Male Nosy Be Panther Chameleon


DOB: 10/19/2009

DOA: 10/21/2011

DOD: Death

DON: Necropsy


Purchase History

Edwardo was at a Pet Store in San Diego, California. While I was living there, I would go in to purchase crickets for my other chameleons. I would say Hi to him while there. Over the months, no one purchased him ($250), and he got an eye infection. His Right eye closed and then weeks later, his mouth started to have problems too.

I started to inquire about what was being done about his “problem”. This was not to judge the Pet Store, but to make sure he got the care he needed and deserved. This was when I realized I wanted to Start the Rescue. They had given him Baytril (I’m guessing they had on hand-no vet visit since problem started), Betadine and Vetericyn LINK HERE.

He had not been to the vet and this worried me (I wanted to get the vet notes for my file). So after meeting with one of the employees, I was able to take Edwardo at no charge. This was very helpful to both of us. I was able to take the money and put towards his vet bills.


Background History


*  Wild Caught from Africa

* Estimated at….. 2 to 2 1/2 years old when I took him in (10/19/11)

* Duration at pet store around 7-9 months

4/1/2011 – eye problem started – pet store used Baytril

9/1/2011 – mouth deterioration – pet store used betadine/diluted

10/19/2011 – I brought home – 1 month before moving back to Ohio


Medical Background History


10/21/2011 – Dr. Greek – Exam, fecal. Nothing noted.

Vets Notes:

* mouth is discolored on right side, upper teeth seemed to be gone.

* Alert, responsive, ENT- missing upper right jaw and portion of lip. Pocket has collected some debris, but otherwise appears to have healed very well. No other bone lesion noted in mouth. Good body condition. Abd palpation NSF. Fecal negative for parasites. Weight 146grams.


12/30/2011 – Dr. Dahlhausen – Exam, stain of bacteria

* Ciprofloxacin – Antibiotic Eye Drops

* Ceftazadime 2.7mg (6 treatments) – every 72hours. Antibiotic Injections


2/17/2012 – Dr. D – Eye shut again.

* Amikacin .37mg (6 treatments) – every 72 hours.

* Ciprofloxacin – Antibiotic Eye Drops

* bad eye opened more – after drops/exam


2/20/2012 – both eyes opening at times, bad eye better

2/23/2012 – both eyes open most of time, seems normal now


3/27/2012 – Dr. D – Re-check

* Amikacin 2.5mg (7 treatments) – every 72 hours. Antibiotic Injection


4/16/2012 – Dr. D – Re-check

* Ciprofloxacin – Antibiotic Eye Drops

* Ceftazadime 3.5mg (7 treatments) – every 72 hours. Antibiotic Injection


5/8/2012 – Dr. D – Deworming and Re-check

* Deworming (meds used…I didn’t write down, but maybe able to ask vet, but I assume Metronidazole and Fenbendazole, since this is what we always use in the past 2 years. )

* Celebrex

* Ceftazadime/Fortaz 20mg. (10 treatments) – every 72 hours. Antibiotic Injection


Asia Notes:

Stopped using the eye instrument to inject Ciprofloxacin into eye. He seems to be better now.

Have noticed within the past 2 months, his grip isn’t as sound. He slips at times and noticed some neck edema, not much.


7/10/2012 – Asia Notes

Eye better. Haven’t used Ciprofloxacin in a few weeks or any shots.

Did notice his neck seems to have some edema?

Edwardo eats well and gets natural sun and well as UVB







Necropsy List

What does Necropsy Mean?

A necropsy is a dissection of the dead body of an animal to determine the cause of death. In essence, it is an autopsy performed on an animal, such as a chameleon. Necropsies can help us learn more about the biology of an animal, how it is affected by disease or how human interactions may impact animals.



List to Date

* In time, I will have “Links” for each Necropsy, so you can go in depth for each case study.


These are some of the chameleons that I have been able to learn from, through Necropsies and Histopathology Reports….. 


1. Male Melleri Chameleon – ” Cammy” 1-20-2012

2. _look up gender_ Baby Oustalets Chameleon – “no name” – look up date

3. Male Panther Chameleon – “Dennis” 10-26-2012

4. Female Melleri Chameleon – “Gregory” 11-6-2012

5. Female Melleri Chameleon –  “Pickle” 2-5-2013

6. Female Jackson Chameleon – “no name” – 5-7-2013

7. Female Panther Chameleon – “Mango” 7-16-2013

8. Female Melleri Chameleon – “Diva” 8-19-2013

9. Male Panther Chameleon – “Turq” 12-9-2013

10. Female Veiled Chameleon – “Penelope” 4-28-2014

11. Female Melleri Chameleon – “#3” 4-21-2014

12. Male Melleri Chameleon – “5” …. 4-29-2014

13. Male Melleri Chameleon – “#7” 5-8-2014

14.  Female Melleri Chameleon – “Gumby” – 5-12-2014

15. __look up gender__ Melleri Chameleon – “#2” 5-27-2014

16. Baby Melleri Chameleon – 1a – 7-14-2014

17. & 18. 2 Baby Melleri Chameleons 1b, 1c – 7-21-2014

19. Baby Melleri Chameleon – 2b – 7-29-14

20. Female Veiled Chameleon – Picassa 8-15-2014

21. Male Melleri Chameleon – Pip – 9-11-2014 LINK HERE

22.  Male Melleri Chameleon – Murphy – 9-16-2014 LINK HERE