Treating Egg Binding in Reptiles

Let's talk about egg binding in reptiles. Egg binding is when a female has problems laying eggs. This can be very uncomfortable and can possibly lead to death. Similarly, treating egg binding in reptiles can also be difficult without proper knowledge. This article will discuss the symptoms of egg binding in reptiles and how it is treated.

The symptoms can vary a little bit depending on the species of reptile. The signs on egg binding include showing discomfort, breathing difficulties, depression, strain, lethargy, and swelling. Egg binding can occur after some eggs have already been laid. Females may keep making birthing efforts without laying any eggs, this is also a sign of egg binding.

If the egg binding seems to be mild a vet might not treat for two days. Keep the female in a and she should lay her eggs. If there is an obvious problem or any abnormalities immediate treatment will be required.

Egg binding treatments include physical manipulation, removal of egg contents, removal of eggs, or hormonal stimulation. Physical manipulation involves carefully applying pressure to help stimulate the egg production. This must be done very carefully, therefore only a vet should do it.

Removing the contents of an egg is done with a needle that is inserted through the reptile's skin and into the egg or just into the egg if it is visible. This has to be done within the first two days of difficulties and does have some risks.

Surgical removal of the eggs can also be done by a vet. The reptile will be anesthetized and the eggs are removed. Surgery is not the first course of action, but can be required after other treatments have failed.

Hormonal stimulations refer to injections that help the passing of the egg through the reproductive system. These injections are similar to a woman who has induced labor. This is not the most common treatment since it's expensive. These injections tend to be more effective in turtles and least effective in snakes.

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