Reptile Symptoms of Respiratory Infections
Do you know anything about reptile symptoms of respiratory infections?
The symptoms of a respiratory infection in a reptile are similar to the symptoms humans encounter. Humans and all different types of animals can encounter respiratory infection. This article will focus on the symptoms that reptile's usually have when they have respiratory infections.
Symptoms of respiratory infections include strange noises such as wheezing, crackling and other abnormal sounds related to breathing.
Difficulty breathing or mouth opened while the reptile is trying to breathe also. Other typical symptoms include weight loss, lack of appetite, lethargy, and discharge coming for the reptile's nose or mouth.
Symptoms such as lethargy, weight loss, and loss of appetite can be the results of various illnesses, but wheezing and discharge me point to respiratory infections. If you're unsure of what your reptile's symptoms mean, don't worry. That is what veterinarians are for. Veterinarian's can run tests to diagnosis exactly what caused a reptile's respiratory infection.
Knowing the source allows for more effective treatment. If your pet reptile shows any symptoms of a respiratory infection, you shouldn't hesitate to call your veterinarian. Signs of illness in pets should never be ignored. Pets need medication to recover and changes usually need to be made to prevent the same illness from reoccurring. The changes usually need to be made by the reptile's owner, including providing a better diet, and cleaning the reptile's tank more often.
Respiratory infections are usually the result of bacteria in a dirty environment or from a weakened immune system due to a poor diet. Most are bacterial infections and the bacteria can spread to other parts of a reptile's body include the lungs which causes pneumonia. If pneumonia goes untreated it can be fatal. Bacteria can also end up in a reptile's bloodstream causing septicemia which is another potentially fatal condition. Bacteria isn't the only type of infection that leads to respiratory infections. Viral, fungal, and parasitic infections can cause respiratory infections.
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