Diabetes In Reptiles
Did you know that there is a possibility of diabetes in reptiles?
You may be surprised to find out that animals can suffer from similar diseases as people do. One example of this is reptiles that develop Diabetes Mellitus. It is not a very common disorder for reptiles to develop, but it does happen occasionally.
Diabetes Mellitus is a disorder that affects the adrenal glands causing a reptile's body to secrete less insulin than it should. Just like us humans need insulin to keep stable blood glucose levels, reptiles do too.
Reptiles can also develop other hormonal disorders, but diabetes tends to be more common and luckily it's not very common compared to other illnesses and disorders that pet reptiles develop. Diabetes Mellitus is typically seen in turtles and tortoises more so than in snakes, lizards, and other reptiles.
Many pets develop infections and diseases because their owners aren't aware of these issues and how to prevent them. It seems that diabetes mellitus in reptiles can happen do to sudden changes in environment or diet.
How can you know if your pet reptile has this hormonal disorder? Reptiles can't verbally tell their owners when something is wrong, but they will definitely show signs that something is wrong. It is important to pay attention to your pet and understand their normal behaviors, so that when they are acting strangely you will notice and seek treatment.
Symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus in reptiles are increases appetite, thirst, and urination as well as lethargy and water retention. When reptiles with the disorder retain water, you can usually see it in their appearance.
The easiest way to diagnosis a pet such as a reptile is to take them a veterinarian that can run tests. Some vets may diagnosis a reptile simply by their symptoms however, an examination and tests can give a definite diagnosis in many causes. If your reptile does have Diabetes Mellitus the vet will give a prescription to your vet. Ask them any questions that you may have.
The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your veterinarian or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.