Monday, 4 October 2010

My dragon had surgery

Today, I brought my iguana to the vet for a post-surgery check up.

Last Tuesday, he got an abscess removed from his snout, a part of his toe amputated and two tiny incisions on his forefoot. As usual, I was worried, who likes to have their pet in surgery? But he's a big and strong boy, super healthy, well, apart from the reason for the visit at the vet, and luckily quite forgiving. A few hours after he woke up, I could collect him and after an hour's journey, he was save and sound, back in his vivarium, eating straight away.
Last time I was to the vet was in May, and up to now, he has put on about two pounds, I was surprised, I must say. It seems, I'm doing everything right with his food. He loves his wild rocket and very fond of blueberries in particular. Bananas are a favourite as well, but I don't feed them too often, since they haven't the best calcium/phosphorus balance.
Have you ever seen an iguana eating a banana? It amazes me every time when I give him one. He's about 17 inches body length and he eats a banana usually quicker than I do. I mean, the whole one, in addition to his normal food, which is about a packet of wild rocket, watercress and blueberries. Some other greens or fruit and veg, of course vary.

The vet said he's doing fine, everything looks good, but I shall keep an eye on his forefoot. After eating a hell of a lot of crispy rocket, Zorro now lies lazily on his shelf, feet dangling down and dozes, not aware of the money I had to pay for him. Keeping an iguana is a damn expensive hobby, but worth every penny, if you ask me.

Sometimes, I wish to have an iguana's life, but without operations.

On the other hand, I quite like to write and that's what I'm doing tonight, with the iguana watching over me, until his lights go out.


  1. Being an animal lover myself I can totally understand your feelings. We worry about our pets almost as much as we do our children. I have four collies, all of which I worry about whenever they need to go to the vets.

    CJ xx

  2. I'm glad everything is okay, with your dinosaur!

  3. Bless him and he behaved so well - until his check up when he tried to escape from the bag. But hey - there's another story - right? x

  4. Hello, Crystal,

    Welcome to my blog. Yes, we worry about our pets and nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than him, lying on his shelf, relaxed and trusting. Unfortunately, there are a lot of iguanas given away to rescues (if they're lucky) because they became 'inconvenient'.

    Jenni: I always grin when you call him this.

    Lorraine: it was hilarious. Just imagine him being successful. The train wasn't exactly empty...