Reptiles & Amphibians
These are resources that relate to amphibians and reptiles.
Sometimes reptiles and amphibians require intramuscular injections as part of their treatment protocols. Intramuscular means “in the muscle”. Because reptiles and amphibians have vascular and renal anatomy that differs significantly from mammals, so they must receive intramuscular injections in the proper location to work properly.
Introducing a new reptile to your home? Implementing a well-considered quarantine is not just a good practice - it's essential. This process involves isolating your new companion to observe, conduct disease testing, and assist in their acclimatization to the new environment. The inadvertent introduction of diseases can not only lead to frustration but also to significant financial burdens while underscoring the critical role of a meticulous quarantine process.
WHAT IS SERPENTOVIRUS?
What is the cloaca?
In our reptile patients, there is one opening to the outside world, called the cloaca (or vent). There are three body systems that feed into the cloaca- the gastrointestinal tract (coprodeum), urinary tract (urodeum), and genital tract (proctodeum). This means that this one opening excretes products from each of these body systems (eg. fecal matter, urine).
Enrichment is a continuously growing and evolving concept in animal care which centers around the idea of keeping captive animals stimulated in their environments by allowing them to engage in as many natural behaviors as possible and giving options on how to interact with their environment (essentially giving them choices). Enrichment is widely utilized in zoos and most commonly with large mammals; however, many other species including birds, reptiles, and small mammals are often overlooked.
“Gut loading” refers to the practice of feeding insects a nutritious diet before they are eaten by your pet. Most commercially-available prey insects are deficient in many nutrients that our insectivorous pets require. Gut loading enhances our pets’ nutrition in two ways: