Reptiles With Diabetes Mellitus

If you are looking for information on reptiles with diabetes mellitus then read on. Reptiles can actually get the same diseases and disorders as humans. They are usually less common in reptiles and have different symptoms, but they have the same names. Different types of reptiles are also more prone to different disorders. All reptile owners should know what illnesses their pets are more likely to get so they can try to prevent them and also so they know what symptoms to look for.

It is not very common for reptiles to have hormonal disorders, but when they do it tends to be Diabetes Mellitus. This disorder causes the reptiles to have less insulin or inactive insulin. It is similar to people with Diabetes. Both humans and reptiles need insulin for proper sugar levels in their blood glucose. This disorder tends to affect turtles and tortoises more than other reptiles.

So, what can cause Diabetes Mellitus? It is not very common but, it seems that change in diet or change in environment can create hormonal disorders. Dietary regulations can help a reptile with Diabetes Mellitus. A veterinarian can also prescribe medication for the reptile after using blood or urine tests to diagnosis the disorder.

The symptoms include increased appetite, thirst, and urination. Reptiles with Diabetes Mellitus can also be lethargic and experience water retention. The water retention can usually be physically seen by the reptile's owner. It is important to be able to notice these types of symptoms. Pet owners need to observe their pet's behavior regularly because why appearance or behavior changes happen in a pet, it often means something is wrong.

To prevent Diabetes Mellitus and many other illnesses that reptile can get, make sure they have a well-balanced diet and a clean environment with the proper lighting and temperature. Do not make any drastic changes in diet or environment, it can cause stress. 

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.