REPTILES – (including snake, tortoise, turtle, terrapin, lizard, chameleon, monitor, iguana, crocodile, alligator)

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Reptiles are a very diverse group of animals, which includes snakes, lizards, chameleons, monitors, crocodilians, iguanas, turtles, terrapins and tortoises (the latter three are chelonians). Homeopathy and other natural medicines are well-suited to these species, being popular not least because the use of modern drugs in these animals can result in serious idiosyncratic reactions (a risk avoided by the use of homeopathy).

At the AVMC, many different types of reptiles have been treated in the past. Tortoises and snakes have been the most common. The result of this is that experience and interest has accumulated in many aspects of reptile medicine. One particular observation of interest and importance is that so-called ‘cold-blooded’ (poikilothermic) creatures react more slowly to homeopathic medication, unless they are naturally kept at tropical temperatures.

The use of homeopathy and other alternative therapies does not rule out the need for a proper examination and assessment of each individual patient (conditions allowing), necessary diagnostic tests, appropriate measures to repair injury and a study of natural lifestyle and diet (special for each species or type), in order to be able to speed recovery. We have enjoyed a good measure of success through this methodology, seeing, as in other species, recoveries from diseases which are usually associated with a poor prognosis in conventional terms and wisdom.

Holistic medicine and management implies that the environment, the diet, the creature’s individual nature and demeanour and the interaction with humans are all taken into account and modified for optimum health.

Reptiles respond well to natural medicine and its use is without the risk of dangerous idiosyncratic reactions, an ever-present risk with modern drug medicine.

We usually see reptiles at the AVMC premises but house visits can also be arranged, more or less UK-wide.

Whether we see a reptile at the AVMC or at home, we look closely at previous veterinary history and results of any tests or investigations. We take an extensive history, enquire into diet and lifestyle, ask about management of the cage, home, garden or other environments and examine the patient closely.

Because of the appalling welfare disasters befalling imported animals, from capture and transportation, the AVMC asks that no one should purchase an imported animal. Quite apart from the suffering on an individual basis, there are species whose very existence is threatened around the world, so taking live animals or taking eggs from the wild must stop.

  • Have you ever been told that your reptile is now untreatable?
  • Are you concerned about the safety of modern drugs for your reptile?
  • Do you know what is in the foods or supplements you are using?
  • Are you confused by manufacturers' claims?

There may be another way …. Holistic methodology may provide some of the answers you are seeking.

See also:

Reptile Topics
Nutrition & Natural Feeding
Case Histories
Reptile Diseases
Preventive Medicine
Notifiable Diseases


Many of these conditions have been seen and treated by the AVMC:

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

Click on any condition for more information. Send a request if a disease is not shown or is not yet covered. N.B. Some of these links are in preparation.

While the only promises that can be made are that we will always concentrate and put in maximum effort on your reptile’s behalf, and strive for excellence in the application of holistic natural medicine techniques, we can report an encouraging level of success in such troublesome and chronic conditions. A great many reptiles have surprised their human companions with their ability to defy prognosis and recover. Follow a full holistic program and rely on the animal’s innate healing ability.

Main Treatments offered (see Therapies):

  • Homeopathic treatment
  • Acupuncture treatment
  • Herbal treatment (Phytotherapy)
  • Aromatherapy treatment
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Nutritional advice – Feeding advice
  • LASER treatment
  • Ultrasound treatment
  • Back manipulation – Back treatment
  • Bach Flowers
  • Holistic medicine – Holistic veterinary medicine
  • Flower Essences
  • Tissue Salts
  • Holistic therapy – Holistic treatment – Holistic care
  • Holistic advice
  • Integrated medicine (Integrative medicine)
  • Natural medicine – Alternative medicine – complimentary medicine
  • CAM – CAVM
  • Natural Feeding – Natural Diet

 These approaches represent a philosophy that is alternative to the current conventional norm but the use of alternative therapies does not do away with the need for a thorough examination and assessment. Nor does it preclude the use of modern diagnostic techniques where necessary. A holistic vet will take into account all these things, in addition to closely scrutinizing lifestyle, diet, environment etc.

See also: Pet Care

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