Preventing Reptiles from Getting Parasites

Preventing reptiles from getting parasites. If you want to find out how then continue reading this article. Most wild reptiles have parasites and reptiles that live in captivity can get them as well. This article will discuss the most common parasites in reptiles and how you can prevent your pet from getting them.

The most common type of parasites in reptiles are worms such as hookworms, pinworms, and roundworms. Roundworms are typically the most common parasite found in lizards. Worms parasites can sometimes be seen in an infected reptile's feces or vomit. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes parasites are in a reptile's body and not seen. Some types of parasites are too small to even be seen by the human eye.

The most common symptoms that reptiles suffering from parasitic infections have are diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and a poor appetite. Pneumonia and other respiratory symptoms may also be noticed in cases when parasites in their larval forms make their way through a reptile's lungs.

Intestinal parasites such as worms can be treated. De-wormer medication or anthelmintics is prescribed to kill and eliminate parasites from a reptile's body. Antibiotics can also be effective in killing parasites and preventing any secondary infections. In some case, two different courses of treatment will have to be used in order to completely rid a reptile of parasites. Following any instructions given by your veterinarian and read the directions on medication for the proper amounts that need to be given.

Reptiles that are infected with parasites need to be quarantined from other reptiles and pets. They should be kept in their own tank or cage or a few months until they are completely parasite free. Keeping a reptile's home clean is a great to prevent a reptile from getting intestinal parasites. A frequently cleaned habitat also decreases the chances of a reptile getting bacterial or fungal infections as well.

A well-balanced diet can always help keep a pet healthy. The healthier an animal is the less likely they are to become ill, or infected. Reptiles will require more than just commercial food. It is also important to be careful with what type of food you give a carnivorous reptile. Pre-killed frozen prey is the least likely to be infected with parasites. Only get food from a place you trust to have high-quality products. 

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.