How To Treat External Parasites on Reptiles
Let's talk about how to treat external parasites in reptiles. Dogs, fish, reptiles, and all pets can sometimes suffer from parasite infestations. Parasites can be internal or external. Both can be debilitating and can cause serious health issues for an animal. This article will focus on how to treat external parasites on reptiles.
Preventing your reptile from getting parasites is the best thing that you can do. However, sometimes a parasite can still be introduced to our pet. In that case it is very important to know how to properly treatments for external parasites in reptiles.
Ticks can be removed from reptiles as you would remove them from a dog or a person. Using either tweezers or your fingers a tick can be grabbed where they are attached to the reptile and slowly pull off. It is important to grab and remove a tick's mouth because that is where it attached itself. If you just pull it off anywhere, the tick's head or jaw could remain attached to your reptile. This can lead to infections.
Mites can be killed with medications and pesticides. You should consult a veterinarian or pet professional when doing this. Using different pesticides and medications could be harmful to not only the mites but also your reptile. Using the right amounts of these treatments is also important in keeping your reptile safe and healthy.
Larvae can be removed from a reptile's body in a similar manner to removing ticks. They can be pull out of the lump of skin with tweezers. The reptile's damaged skin or wounds must be treated. Antiseptics and antibiotics will probably be recommended by a veterinarian. Antibiotics can be given in the form of an oral preparation as well is injected or in the form of a topical ointment put directly on the skin.
Properly treating parasites is vital to a reptile's health. Consult a veterinarian if you have any question or concerns. A vet will also be able to recommend medications or give your prescriptions.
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