Reptile Diseases

Diseases of Reptiles

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Here we describe various reptile diseases, with reference to acupuncture, herbal treatment, homeopathic treatment, chiropractic manipulation etc., where appropriate. We invite and accept referrals for complimentary and alternative medicine treatments.

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Reptile Disease List

Appetite Loss Back Problems Beak Deformities (Tortoise) Diarrhoea Dysecdysis
Egg Binding (Tortoise) Hibernation Problems Liver Disease Moulting Problems Mouth Problems
Osteodystrophy Pneumonia Regurgitation & Vomiting Rhinitis Salmonellosis
Sinusitis Stomatitis

APPETITE LOSS

If a reptile loses appetite, this can be a very serious problem. It happens not infrequently in tortoises. Apart from all the managemental tricks, to try to coax the animal into eating, it is possible to select a homeopathic constitutional prescription. This can be of benefit, even if the exact cause of the inappetance is unknown, since it treats the patient as a whole and we are then relying on endogenous healing processes to achieve the correction of any internal imbalances.

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BACK PROBLEMS

 

 

It may come as a surprise to some to learn that reptiles can have treatment for back problems. In tortoises and other chelonians, it is obviously a no-go area! In lizards it has never been requested of us and would present interesting challenges, not least in the chiropractic treatment of a detachable tail. The AVMC has, however, had cause to treat pythons and they really appreciate the effort one makes. They also respond well to acupuncture. (The distance to be covered on a large snake, when working on its back, may necessitate making a chalk mark where you leave off for a tea break, so that you can restart in the correct place!)

Joking all apart, this is an under-explored field, which may be of welfare benefit to animals if considered more often.

The AVMC can supply more information on request.


BEAK DEFORMITIES (TORTOISE)

Beak Deformities (Chelonians)

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DIARRHOEA

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DYSECDYSIS – MOULTING PROBLEMS

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EGG-BINDING (TORTOISE)

We have only had cause to treat egg binding in one tortoise, many years ago. Surgical intervention had been offered, to remove the offending eggs. Homeopathic Caulophyllum served the purpose very satisfactorily, stimulating the by-now-very-bad-tempered female to relinquish her eggs within two hours.

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HIBERNATION PROBLEMS

 

 

Failure to hibernate correctly or awaking during hibernation is not uncommon, especially in tortoises. It presents a difficult challenge, with regard to feeding and climatic conditions.

If it occurs as a result of incorrect constitutional balance, homeopathy can be very helpful. The selection of a constitutional homeopathic prescription for a tortoise is not an impossible task and will generally resolve the imbalance.

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LIVER DISEASE

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MOULTING PROBLEMS

See ‘Dysecdysis‘.


MOUTH ABSCESS

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OSTEODYSTROPHY

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PNEUMONIA

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REGURGITATION & VOMITING

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RHINITIS

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SALMONELLOSIS

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SINUSITIS

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STOMATITIS

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