DISCLAIMER & PHILOSOPHY
I am not a vet. I don't even consider myself very knowledgable about reptile health issues. A VET VISIT IS YOUR BEST COURSE OF ACTION REGARDING ALL HEALTH RELATED ISSUES. These sections are written because there are many of us out there who's small cities and towns don't have access to a reptile vet, both across Canada and the US.
There are many reasons why a vet can't be reached or possibly not afforded. Life changes direction on us often. Jobs are lost, none found. Kids need braces. No transportation. New debts. Old debts. Unexpected expenses. Think this scenario ~ single mother, 2 kids, job = Timmy Horton's, buys Bearded Dragon for present, or someone else buys the Bearded Dragon for her daughter. Beardie not doing well. Vet = $100 to $200. Bottom line = Beardie dies. You can write that scenario 5,000 ways. The end result is the same.
Honestly, there have been times in my life when the dog had peanut butter sandwiches...same as we did. We loved that old dog hard, for 16 years. Do you really believe that we loved that dog any less than the guy who spent $5,000 on his? What it meant was that we didn't have the same resources available. It might not be right. But it is reality.
Most vet visits for reptiles are husbandry related and can be avoided with the proper care. The earlier that you, the caregiver, can recognize symptoms and begin a treatment plan, the more successful you will be, using simpler and more available techniques, with less expense. Don't let a minor cough turn into (rightttt......like I can spell pheunmonia) but you get the drift. The more resources you can access: ie. the God's in the forums with decades of experience. Web sites with phenomenal information at your fingertips. The healthier you can maintain your lizard. And I am here to give you the experiences I have had/or am having as a starting point for your research, and any directions I have located. You will find my own personal experiences and trials at the bottom of the lizard section. I feel it is important to share the failures as well as the successes.
WHAT DOES A SICK LIZARD LOOK LIKE?
BAMBOOZOO LIZARD HEALTH ARTICLES
LONG TERM LOW LEVEL DEHYDRATION = TERMINAL GOUT
NEW TEST FOR CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS AN INCURABLE DISEASE OF SNAKES AND LIZARDS
BENEFITS AND HOW TO CHECK FOR A HEALTHY CALCIUM SACK ~CRESTED GECKOS
IGUANA SKIN ISSUE
WARNING ABOUT VERMICULITE AS MEDIUM FOR HATCHING CRESTED GECKOS
A REHYDRATION METHOD
METABOLIC BONE DISEASE ~ MBD
TREATING FOR INTERNAL PARASITES
REPTILE FIRST AID KIT
WARNING: USE CAUTION WITH BUTTERWORMS
TAIL INJURIES AND LOST TAILS
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
LEO VS. LOCUST
CRESTED GECKOS ~ OVERHEATING/UNDER HEATING
CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS IN LIZARDS
IS MY LIZARD SICK?
STAR AGAMAS NEGLECT/STARVATION
MOUTH ROT/SNOUT DAMAGE AND WATER DRAGONS
SAYING GOODBYE TO THE B. BASILISKS
WATER DRAGON HAVING DIFFICULTIES
HEALTH ARTICLES: SNAKES
GUIDE TO RESPIRATORY HOME REMEDY
HEALTH: RECTAL PROLAPSE, SNAKE - DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
HEALTH: COMMON AILMENTS AND HOW TO TREAT THEM
HEALTH: NIX TREATMENT FOR MITES
SNAKE MITES ALTERNATIVE FRONTLINE METHOD
HEALTH: STAR GAZING IN CORN SNAKES
ALTERNATIVE EYE CAP REMOVAL
MY SNAKE IS NOT EATING!
AN ALTERNATIVE ~ ORGANIC MITE CONTROL
INCLUSION BODY DISEASE ~ MY EXPERIENCE
ALTERNATIVE - HOME TREATMENT - R.I.
HEALTH ARTICLES TURTLES/TORTS
HEALTH ARTICLES FROGS, AMPHIBIANS
WORKING WITH HERBAL REMEDIES
Herbs and naturals now have their own section of articles.
HERBAL AND NATURALS
*** For more health information and guidance to resources please see our health links.