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RE: swollen iguana foot HELP!!

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Posted by: petergunga at Wed Feb 18 08:20:38 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by petergunga ]  
   

Thank you for your advice, and the quick response. I found a few things out last night after I returned home from work. One; the foot is not fully functional at all. Two; the issue is almost definitely a contusion (contrary to my original belief) because A) there is actually some purple bruising on the hand, and B) I called the pet store I purchased him from and they said he jumped out of the cage and landed on the floor from about shoulder height right before I got there.
So now I have a dilemma: in the short time I have had him, I have already grown quite attached... he is a beautiful little guy who seems curious and interested in everything. I also picked him out because he was the most attractive and healthiest specimen that I was almost positive was male. Having said that, the pet store offered to replace him and have him rehabilitated by professionals (and it is a very reputable pet store that seems to take top notch care of its reptiles).
I feel this could be the best option for both of us, but I am having trouble with the thought of parting with my new friend. Would it be unwise to assume that I (and my vet) can nurse a broken foot on a juvenile iguana back to full health? Is there a risk that it will never heal right and he will have a permanently under functional foot? I'm having a tough time with this decision. He is my first iguana and I have wanted one for longer than I can even explain. I'm feeling really bad about this. What should I do?


   

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