Reptiles & Amphibians
Information regarding the husbandry and care of reptiles and amphibians is rapidly expanding. This is an exciting time in this branch of medicine, as evidence-based medicine evolves and anecdotal reports are less prominent in our treatment of these patients.
From diet to environment, each species of reptile and amphibian has different requirements. Very often these animals have a special niche in their native environment, and are not necessarily adaptable to variations. The care of a reptile or amphibian in the home or in a collection, therefore, requires diligent and careful research on the part of the enthusiast or pet owner, according to each species.
|The reptile and amphibian owner/enthusiast must also realize that disease states or other conditions may be “hidden” or tolerated for extended periods of time. Acute signs requiring prompt attention include but are not limited to are trauma, bleeding or outright hemorrhage, seizures, twitching, discharge from the eyes or nose, swelling of the eardrums, and for aquatic species, tilting when in the water. While acute in terms of signs, these presentations may be manifestations of a chronic process.|
Annual physical exams are encouraged to establish baseline values for the individual, review diet and husbandry, and to establish a working relationship with the hospital and special species team.
Examples of reptile and amphibian patients seen at West Hills Animal Hospital:
- Bearded Dragons
- Chinese Water Dragons
- Leopard Geckos