Amebiasis In Reptiles
Let's discuss about amebiasis in reptiles.
Reptiles owners want to keep their pets safe and healthy. Therefore, it's important to know about serious illnesses and diseases that reptiles can get. This article will discuss the disease amebiasis and its symptoms and causes so reptile owners can prevent their pet from getting it.
Amebiasis is a disease caused by infection. It is one of the most serious and sometimes fatal diseases in reptiles. The infection that causes Amebiasis is a parasitic protozoan called Entamoeba.
Amebiasis is more common in meat-eating reptiles than plant-eating ones. Also, snakes are more prone to the disease than turtles or lizards. However, turtles and other reptiles are carriers of it even though they are not affected by the disease. Carriers spread the disease to other reptiles through their droppings and by contact.
How do you know if your pet reptile is infected with this disease? The most common symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, loss or appetite, and weight loss.
To be sure, you can take your reptile to the vet and they can run tests to verify if it is Amebiasis. If your reptile does have it, the vet can prescribe reptile drugs to treat the infection.
If you suspect that your reptile does have Amebiasis be careful when handling them. Use gloves or wash your hands. This disease can be spread to humans.
If your reptile is healthy and you want to keep them from ever getting a disease there are a few things you can do. First, always keep their home clean. Make sure they have a nutritional diet. Keep them separate from other reptiles. For example, make sure snakes and turtles are in separate tanks and wash your hands in between handling both. If your reptile is a meat-eater be careful of where you purchase their food, especially live food. Only buy from a reputable supplier and make sure live food doesn't look sick or injured.
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.