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  • PROVET HEALTHCARE INFORMATION - Ectoparasites in Reptiles
    well as the reptile itself Sources of infection include other reptiles and contamination of food bought for the animal for example there have been reports of parasites being introduced with live crickets None of these products are specifically licensed for use in reptiles but several products have been recommended to be used directly on the reptiles themselves including Fipronil spray every 7 10 days Ivermectin spray every 7 10 days

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/health/diseases/ectoparasitereptiles.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • PROVET HEALTHCARE INFORMATION - Nutritional Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
    1 the digestibility of calcium was less when they were fed a ration containing a lower concentration of calcium 0 97 than when they were fed a ration containing a higher calcium concentration 5 72 This was an unusual finding because in most species the calcium absorbed increases as the concentration of calcium decreases More studies are needed but if chelonia and possibly reptiles are unable to increase calcium absorption

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/health/diseases/hyperparathyroidismreptiles.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • PROVET HEALTHCARE INFORMATION - Reptiles and Chelonia - Hypothyroidism
    responsible for many activities in the body including Regulating metabolism Activity Growth Temperament Skin production health and shedding Hypothyroidism is reported to occur most frequently in captive herbivorous chelonia particularly giant land tortoises but it also occurs in smaller specimens and in reptiles eg Green Iguanas Causes include Iatrogenic primary or secondary thyroid gland disease of unknown cause Iodine deficiency Large intake of goitrogenic vegetables eg bok choy Brussels sprouts broccoli cabbage kale soybean sprouts tofu spinach These plants contain anionic goitrogens glucosinolates and thiocyanates that bind iodine rendering it unavailable Signs of hypothyroidism include Anorexia Apparent weight gain may be fluid accumulation Goitre enlargement of the thyroid gland Lethargy Oedema limbs Reduced growth rate Treatment 1 iodine deficiency can be corrected by iodine supplementation as Add sodium iodide supplement to food in bread several times a week tastes unpleasant Add sodium iodide solution supplement to water tastes unpleasant Give powdered kelp tablets contain iodine Give iodinated casein supplement Avoid goitrogenic foods The dose rates that have been recommended for iodine supplementation is 2 4mg kg by mouth every 7 days however authors differ in their recommendations and one advises that a supplement containing 6 10mg of iodine kg of

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    including reptiles will sometimes be observed eating unusual foods and this is called pica For most species of reptile it is not known whether soil or stone eating is normal or not However occasionally stones will obstruct the intestinal tract which may require surgery to correct so the habit should be discouraged by removing them from the environment or change the size of the stones to be very small or

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/picareptiles.htm (2016-02-08)
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    your pet Reptiles easily get into a routine of eating and conscientious owners keep an accurate record of dates times and the amount and type of food consumed Just occasionally an otherwise happy reptile will refuse to take food for a prolonged period what does it mean When a reptile refuses food called anorexia there are several possible reasons The animal is under physiological stress They often go off their food just before they shed their skin called ecdysis during the mating season during the pre hibernation period if they have recently moved to a new environment if they are exposed to unusual environmental conditions temperature too low inappropriate humidity inappropriate photoperiod eg light on 24hours a day exposure to noise excess handling overcrowding if there is no hiding place in the reptile s environment incorrect diet being fed If the reptile is ill and there are many causes including mouth infections called stomatitis parasites nutritional deficiency eg vitamins diabetes mellitus any major organ system disease respiratory infections gastrointestinal disease cancer etc Fortunately most reptiles can survive for many weeks without eating but some of the causes of anorexia are serious so veterinary advice should be sought at an early

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/reptiles/reptilesanorexia.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • PROVET HEALTHCARE INFORMATION - Reptiles and Salmonella
    zoonosis In 1999 over 17 250 cases of human salmonellosis were reported to the Public Health Laboratory Service PHLS and Communicable Disease Surveillance Unit in the UK Only 7 of these cases were thought to have been contracted from reptiles In humans the most frequent types of Salmonella that cause infection in humans are Salmonella enteritidis and Salmonella typhimurium two serotypes which are rarely found in reptiles However other types

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    also wish to investigate the possibility of a link between urinary problems and hypothyroidism decreased thyroid gland function Ultimately a better understanding of urinary tract disease in this breed will lead to prevention and better treatment options We are only investigating female Doberman Pinschers in this study both non spayed and spayed We are interested in gathering information about as many dogs as possible regardless of whether they are currently

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