FLUFFY VISITS THE VET Jessica Kerr and Aimee Faner. MEET FLUFFY. Why Is Fluffy Here?. Preventative Medicine Trauma Bite wounds from prey Spinal fractures Burns from improper heating/lights. Why Is Fluffy Here?. Anorexia Secondary systemic infections
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Routine preventative care exam includes the following. . . .
DO NOT. . . .
3. Assess Stage of Ecdysis
4. Palpate entire length except when shedding, look for ectoparasites
5. Assess nutritional status
6. Temperature- not useful
7. Open the mouth
8. Internal nares should be clear
9. Assess heart and lungs
9. Heart and Lungs Continued
10. Palpate other organs
11. Opthalmologic exam- similar to mammals but mydriatics do not work in reptilian eye
12. Check vent for abnormalities
13. Sexing the snake
7. Other reptiles or other pets in household
8. Recent exposure to other reptiles or new additions
9. Quarantine protocol
10. Previous illness or injury
11. Previous or current medications
12. Normal environment
12. Normal environment
13. In owner’s opinion, what is the major problem and what do they think may have caused it?
If your client breeds reptiles or owns a collection of them, a visit to the colony to inspect and evaluate husbandry would be a valuable tool in addition to a history and physical exam.
1. Do not panic!! The basics of medicine still apply. Training in small animal medicine will help with diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy. An educated guess is better than none at all.
2. Principles of animal handling still apply
3. Consider public health/zoonosis risk. After the examination, all personnel and equipment that came in contact with the snake should be disinfected.
4. Venomous snakes: Many areas strictly regulate possession of venomous reptiles, this includes your clinic. Also, you are liable for any injuries sustained on your property.
5. A lot of our duty to our no-legged patients is to educate the owner. Know where to look up the specific environmental, nutritional, and physical parameters for each patient so you can provide the owner with correct information.
6. For more information, Mader Reptile Medicine and Surgery text is an excellent reference.