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Louise’s top three reptile concerns

August 21, 2019

Reptiles might look tough, but that doesn’t mean they’re not vulnerable to health problems.

Like all pets, it’s important to keep an eye open for signs of illness, so you can treat them swiftly and make sure your reptile doesn’t suffer.

Below, we’ve summed up three of the most common conditions that can affect reptiles, to help you spot the signs.

If you worry that your reptile might be affected, or you have any other causes for concern, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team to seek advice. We’re always here on Sandy Lane, ready to help.

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1) Metabolic bone disease (MBD)

If your reptile eats mainly insects and plants, they’re most at risk of developing metabolic bone disease.

What causes it? MBD is caused by an imbalance in levels of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D. Snakes are less at risk because they tend to get enough calcium and vitamin D through a diet of whole prey.

What are the symptoms? You may notice:

  • Limping
  • Bowed legs
  • Hard lumps along the legs, spinal column or jaw
  • Softening and unusual flexibility of lower jaw
  • Difficulty raising body off the ground
  • Decreased appetite

How can you help? Arrange a check-up with our vet Louise or another of our highly qualified team, so that appropriate treatment can be arranged.

2) Reptile parasites

Small creatures living inside or on your reptile can cause a great deal of discomfort and lead to more serious health problems.

What are they like? Worms are the most common parasite for reptiles. They inhabit the intestines and can take the form of roundworms, hookworms and pinworms, among others.

What are the symptoms? You may notice:

  • Poor appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting or regurgitation
  • Abnormal stools
  • Diarrhoea

How can you help? Book a check-up to catch any problems before they become more serious.

3) Constipation in reptiles

If you notice your reptile producing less waste than usual, it may be time to check their environment.

How can you help? Check that:

  • They have adequate access to water
  • Their enclosure is not too cool
  • They’re not suffering from a parasitic infection (talk to us about this)
  • They’re not carrying an injury which might have partly paralysed their normal functions (talk to us about this)

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