Category: Ask A Vet

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The Vet Report: Salmonella In Reptiles

The Vet Report: Salmonella In Reptiles

In the 1970s, red-eared sliders were so popular in the pet trade that they were actually raised in human sewage ponds —hence the source of the Salmone [...]
The Vet Report: Contrary To Popular Belief, Snakes Can Hear

The Vet Report: Contrary To Popular Belief, Snakes Can Hear

“Well, Mr. Jones, I have to disagree with you. Snakes do have internal ears, and they can hear.” [...]
The Vet Report: Puka, The Sea Turtle With A Hole

The Vet Report: Puka, The Sea Turtle With A Hole

When Puka came to the Turtle Hospital, the director at first wanted to euthanize her. My first thought was that I had to agree. A hole in a sea turtle [...]
Metabolic Bone Disease In Reptiles

Metabolic Bone Disease In Reptiles

MBD is not actually a single disease entity, it is a collection of medical disorders affecting the integrity and function of bones. [...]
Reptile Medicine Behind Bars At The Monroe County Sheriff’s Animal Farm

Reptile Medicine Behind Bars At The Monroe County Sheriff’s Animal Farm

The Monroe County Jail in Florida is home to a variety of animals, cared for by inmates. [...]
The Vet Report: Reptile Vomiting and Regurgitation

The Vet Report: Reptile Vomiting and Regurgitation

The two most common causes of vomiting or regurgitation in snakes are low-environmental temperature and handling the animal too soon after eating. [...]
The Vet Report: Don’t Diagnose Your Herps Via The Internet. Find A Good Reptile Vet

The Vet Report: Don’t Diagnose Your Herps Via The Internet. Find A Good Reptile Vet

Long-distance medicine is a reality, but it requires trained individuals on both ends of the cyber connection to collect all the data and formulate a [...]
Mites in Reptiles

Mites in Reptiles

Mites can be both a nuisance and a costly problem in any reptile collection. [...]
Dr. Douglas Mader Bids Farewell: Thank You REPTILES Readers

Dr. Douglas Mader Bids Farewell: Thank You REPTILES Readers

After 23 years answering over 350 questions in over 250 columns and writing numerous columns, Dr. Douglas Mader bids farewell. [...]
The Vet Report: Burns in Reptiles

The Vet Report: Burns in Reptiles

Thermal burns in reptiles are one of the most common injuries seen by herp veterinarians.The exact reason why reptiles seem so prone to burns is not u [...]
The Vet Report: A List of Common Internal Parasites in Reptiles

The Vet Report: A List of Common Internal Parasites in Reptiles

A parasite is any animal that lives on or within a second animal, and for the most part, parasites live in harmony with their hosts in the wild. They [...]
A Crocodilian Christmas

A Crocodilian Christmas

Years ago, I always liked to take the emergency shift during holidays so that my associate doctors could spend time with their families. At the time m [...]
The Vet Report: Working On Hot Herps

The Vet Report: Working On Hot Herps

I am frequently asked if I will perform veterinary work on “hot,” or venomous, species. The answer is yes. The “hot stuff” is [...]
The Vet Report: Routine Blood Testing In Reptiles Is Encouraged

The Vet Report: Routine Blood Testing In Reptiles Is Encouraged

"Bad laboratory data are worse than no laboratory data at all." Considering the variety of species of herp patients that I see, I think [...]
The Vet Report: Herp First Aid Kit Checklist

The Vet Report: Herp First Aid Kit Checklist

It seems as though throughout my life I have lived in places where natural disasters are just a blink away.  Whether it was California with the e [...]
The Vet Report: Sulcata Tortoise Spine Abnormality

The Vet Report: Sulcata Tortoise Spine Abnormality

Dear Dr. Mader, I am a tortoise enthusiast and a huge fan of yours. I am in the process of finishing my prerequisite courses for veterinary sch [...]
The Vet Report: Inclusion Body Disease

The Vet Report: Inclusion Body Disease

I get a zillion e-mails and calls asking advice about herp cases. This morning, I got a frantic call from a veterinarian about a large python that was [...]

My Leopard Gecko Is Not Eating

My leopard gecko ran away and now that I found her again, she won't eat. Why is this? [...]
Bearded Dragon Will Not Eat

Bearded Dragon Will Not Eat

My bearded dragon recently stopped eating and I was wondering what would cause this? [...]
Snake Winter Anorexia

Snake Winter Anorexia

Do ball pythons typically go through a hibernation state during the winter? [...]
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