What is Cryptosporidiosis?
If you are looking for information on what is cryptosporidiosis then read on. Cryptosporidiosis is just one of various infections that a reptile can develop. Unfortunately, this particular infection is not treatable. This article will inform reptile owners about this serious disease so they know how to deal with it.
If a reptile has diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, and lethargy they could be suffering from Cryptosporidiosis. Many other infections and illnesses that reptiles can get also cause lethargy and loss of appetite, so if you aren't sure exactly what is wrong with your pet reptile, don't hesitate to contact your veterinarian.
Some people just think of taking cats and dogs to veterinarians, but all different pets sometimes need medical care. Just because cryptosporidiosis isn't curable, doesn't mean a veterinarian can't help. A veterinarian can do tests to confirm exactly what is wrong with your reptile. If it's not Cryptosporidiosis a treatment may be available that could save your reptile's life. If your reptile does have Cryptosporidiosis, there isn't a cure, but your veterinarian can suggest treatments that will decrease your reptile's symptoms and help them live longer.
Cryptosporidiosis is caused by a protozoa. The parasitic infection actually causes the linings of the intestinal tract and the stomach to thicken affecting the function of these organs. Without properly a functioning stomach and intestinal tract the reptile's start having the symptoms previously mentioned.
If you have multiple pet reptiles, but only one is ill separate it from the others. This serious infection can be passed to other reptiles if they come in contact with the infected reptile or infected feces.
A reptile may recover from Cryptosporidiosis, however the infection could also be fatal. It really depends on the previous health of the reptile and how serious their symptoms are. There immune system will have to try to fight the infection.
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