While many pet owners know that their kitten or puppy may need an annual check-up to remain healthy, this same level of care is often not expected for reptiles. In fact, many reptile-specific veterinarians recommend a bi-annual visit to ensure early detection and treatment of diseases that may be life-threatening. Maintaining a regular care plan for a reptile is essential for ensuring that they live a long, healthy life. Although, venomous snakes and other dangerous reptiles should never be kept as pets. If possible, make sure you consult with a vet before purchasing a reptile that may be unsuitable.
Comprehensive Reptile Veterinary Medicine
Often the most crucial veterinary visit for a reptile is their first. During this initial check-up, a veterinarian will conduct a physical examination or perform diagnostic tests on the reptile to accurately represent their overall health and any underlying conditions. In addition to this, the veterinarian will also typically have a conversation about proper housing, feeding and other care requirements necessary for a reptile.
Our hospital provides a range of comprehensive veterinary services for reptiles. Although, it is vital for pet owners to monitor their reptile for potential problems and understand what signs may signify a problem. Our veterinary staff are experts in diagnosing potential health problems that may be occurring with reptiles – making it imperative for pet owners to bring their reptile in as soon as possible for a check-up to determine underlying issues. Some of the services we provide for reptiles include:
Each reptile visit begins with a physical examination that records the pet's weight, appearance, and mobility. This information will then be compared to existing data available on the reptile unless this is their first visit. During physical examinations, nutritional needs and general care will often be discussed as well.
Reptiles are often subject to many different internal parasites, including coccidia, flagellates, intestinal worms and other detrimental protozoa. Fecal analysis can determine if these parasites are present through the use of microscopic examination. If detected, proper medications and treatments can be provided.
Many human medical visits will often require blood work to look for underlying conditions that may be occurring. These same protocols are often necessary for reptiles and may include a complete blood count and serum biochemical profile. Not only do these tests examine blood cells and thrombocytes, but they also evaluate organ activity and electrolytes.
The veterinarians at Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital can use x-ray testing to examine a reptile's body for abnormalities, including the position or size of organs, screen for cancer or tumors, determine if abnormal fluid accumulation occurs checking bones or joints for damage.
Reptiles may accumulate bacteria or yeast on their skin. Unfortunately, these may sometimes be abnormal strains. Special stains called Gram's Stains may often be used on skin scrapings, fecal swabs, or other sample types to detect these strains. If found, appropriate treatments can then be suggested.