Reptile Medicine


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Reptile Medicine

You might have considered taking your reptile abroad to a cat or dog specialist, but probably this is not a very good idea anymore. In veterinary school, aspiring vets usually spend most of their time learning about cats, dogs and other ordinary household pets. It’s difficult enough to keep an eye on a reptile all by yourself, much less with another animal as well! Therefore, it is very important that you make your selection of a specialist that has experience with reptiles and that you trust completely.

Reptiles are unique in that they can be virtually any kind of reptile including lizards, snakes and even arboreal (tree-climbing) lizards such as iguanas. There are also several nontraditional pets available, including giant ground slugs. These are generally not as friendly as lizards and snakes, although they can be loyal and friendly toward humans in captivity. For these reasons, your reptile vet should have extensive experience with exotic pets and be willing to work with you to develop a trusting relationship based on your willingness to provide a safe home for your reptile.

One of the key things you should look for is experience and expertise. You don’t want a reptile vet that is just starting out, nor do you want one that is best suited for a specific reptile only. Make sure your prospective vet is willing to admit all reptiles, amphibians and insects to his practice and that he knows the difference between species. This is especially true of the more exotic or rarer non-vertebral members of this family. The veterinary practices that accept nontraditional pets are usually specializing in the exotic or at least the more rare species of these animals.

It’s also important to choose a reptile vet that uses safe practices. Some practices, such as zoos, release captured reptiles back into the wild. This is not only inhumane, but can also be risky for these pets. Many of these creatures are not able to withstand the cold temperatures or dehydration that are associated with these released back into their natural environments. Your veterinarian should not only have extensive experience with lizards snakes and other captive reptiles, but should also have experience caring for them in their natural habitats.

Reptiles are not the only exotic pets that require special care. There are also some lizards and snakes that are not suitable for pets because of health concerns. Some of these include bearded dragons, sugar gliders, desert cobras, and certain kinds of spiders, such as web spiders and brown recluses. Any reptile or amphibian that has a medical problem will need to have it properly evaluated by a veterinarian, so it’s very important that you are comfortable with your potential vet’s judgment regarding these types of animals.

One of the most important aspects of reptile vet care involves the physical exam. During this exam, your vet will look for signs of illnesses, broken bones, swelling, infections, tumors, cysts, bone deformities, and any other abnormalities. Your vet will also examine your pets for signs of stress or strain, such as feather plucking, unusual behaviors, and whether they feed frequently or infrequently. This is often referred to as a clinical examination. A comprehensive clinical examination is a necessary part of the reptile vet care process, as it can alert you to potential health issues that may not be visible to the naked eye.

Many veterinarians also offer specialized treatments for specific reptiles, such as lizards. If you are interested in reptile medications or treatments, you should ask your veterinary clinic if they offer any special classes or seminars on specific reptile diseases or illnesses. Your veterinarian may be able to recommend a seminar or workshop on a particular topic, which can help you understand the needs of your reptile better. Specialized veterinaries may also conduct seminars or workshops on a regular basis to teach owners how to provide the best care for their reptiles.

Reptiles are among the most popular pets in the United States. In fact, many people prefer to keep reptiles as a pet instead of another animal. As a result, it is not uncommon for veterinarians to receive more inquiries about reptile medicine than about any other veterinary medical specialty. Fortunately, if you have an interest in reptile medicine, you should have no trouble finding a good vet. Good luck!

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