Vet care for cats and dogs is available nearly everywhere, including Knoxville. What is more difficult to find is a vet that cares for reptiles. Reptiles need specialized care, and not just any vet can handle their special needs. At Callahan Drive Animal Hospital, our veterinarian is trained in reptile medicine. Our vet has the knowledge and skill to keep your reptile healthy and happy. We can also help you recognize some of the most common reptile illnesses so they can be treated before they become a serious issue.
Most Common Reptilian Illnesses
1. Mouthrot – Red, inflamed gums and mouth are the main symptom of this disease. It is caused by a bacterial infection in your pet's mouth. An unclean pet environment or an environment that is too humid is the most common cause of this disease. If your reptile is suffering from mouthrot, bring them to our vet for care.
2. Dysecdysis – This disease is a result of skin not shedding properly. The old skin left behind kills the new skin and leaves behind red, infected patches. If you own a shedding pet, you must provide them with enough space to rub off old skin. If your pet is suffering from dysecdysis, you may be able to treat the condition by soaking your pet in warm water and gently peeling off old skin. Before you care for your reptile’s skin on your own, consult our reptile medicine professional.
3. Respiratory Infection – For a reptile, a common cold can be hazardous. Reptiles need the proper environment to help prevent colds because treatment can be difficult. If your reptile is sneezing, coughing, wheezing, or has watery eyes, make an appointment with our vet immediately. If the cold turns into a respiratory infection, it can be highly dangerous for your pet.
Reptile Medicine in Knoxville
At Callahan Drive Animal Hospital, our vet has years of experience offering reptile medicine services to Knoxville, TN, and the surrounding areas. Our vet can care for your other pets as well. Reptiles are unique and full of personality, but they need specialized care to keep them in the best possible health. For more information on reptile medicine or to request an appointment, call us at (865) 377-8181.