Preventing and Treating Reptile Ear Infections
Let's discuss preventing and treating reptile ear infections.
When you think of reptiles, you probably don't think of ears. However, reptiles do have ears and they can get ear infections just like people. Unfortunately a reptile with an ear infection can't tell their owner or do anything to their ear to help themselves feel better. That is why pet owners are so important.
If you have a pet reptile you can prevent it from ever getting an ear infection and if it somehow does get an infection you can notice the symptoms and seek treatment before any further complications arise. This article will discuss how to prevent ear infections in reptiles and how to notice an ear infection.
First, preventing something is the best way to go. Aquatic turtles are the reptiles that get ear infections the most. These infections usually occur because of poor care. Keep your turtle's tank and water clean. This prevents bacteria from growing and causing infections. Keeping a turtle at the right temperature with their preferred humidity level is also important. If a reptile is kept cold, they can develop many different health problems. Turtles that lack the proper amount of vitamin A in their food are also more prone to ear infections. Make sure your turtle has a well-balanced diet.
Just because you take preventive measures doesn't mean your pet cannot still get an ear infection. It is not likely, but if your pet has pus near its ear and hasn't been eating it could have an ear infection. Other symptoms include swollen or bulging ear drums. Ear infections can be painful especially when the reptile tries to open its mouth. Therefore, it seems to have a loss of appetite.
If you see any of these symptoms in your pet, you should take them to a vet. Vets can treat ear infections with a minor procedure that involves cleaning out the ear and prescribing antibiotics.
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