Avian and Reptile Pets–Chronic Disease Management
Birds and reptiles can be great pets. However, they are prone to chronic illnesses just like dogs and cats, and it is important to understand their needs and be educated about their health and wellness.
While most avian diseases can affect every species, some species are more prone to develop certain conditions. By being familiar with various conditions that commonly affect your avian species, the team at Winter Park Vet can formulate a diagnostic and treatment protocol resulting in a correct diagnosis and cure for your bird’s illness.
Types of chronic avian illnesses we diagnose and treat include:
- Atherosclerosis (Heart disease)
- Dietary support
- Chronic respiratory issues
- Feather picking
- Avian Bornaviral Ganglioneuritis (ABG) or Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD) – Also know as Macaw Wasting Disease
- Vitamin deficiency
- Liver disease
Keeping reptiles can be extremely rewarding and many different types of reptiles, such as snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises, make great pets. To have a healthy reptile, it is important to understand their health needs and to provide them a comfortable, safe home and proper nutrition. Reptiles do have chronic diseases, and some species are more prone to develop certain conditions. By being familiar with various conditions that commonly affect your type of reptile, the team at Winter Park Vet can formulate a diagnostic and treatment protocol resulting in a correct diagnosis and cure for your reptile’s illness. Nutritional and husbandry support/counseling are the most common ways to improve your reptile’s chronic conditions. Please see our patient care guides for more information.
Types of chronic reptile illnesses we diagnose and treat include:
- Fractured shell
- Ear infections (turtles)
- Metabolic bone disease
- Infectious stomatitis (mouth mot)
- Respiratory infections
- Skin infection
Please call us today to schedule an appointment if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health, or if you would like to receive a second opinion from one of our veterinarians, or your pet’s long-term care. Avian and reptile pets with a strong veterinarian-patient relationship will benefit from better overall health and improved disease control. We encourage avian pet parents and reptile pet parents to establish a relationship with us early in their pet’s life, before an emergency necessitates a visit. We have an experienced exotic veterinarian on call 7 days a week for avian and exotic pets established with us as clients. As part of our lifetime commitment to our established avian pet parents and reptile pet parents, in the evenings and on Saturday and Sunday we prioritize established avian, reptile and exotic pet patients if capabilities are limited. Therefore, establishing and maintaining the relationship with us is important for your avian or reptile pet.