Digestive Disorder In Pet Reptiles – Adenovirus Infection

Many types of reptiles are susceptible to adenovirus infection. These include ball pythons, rat snakes, bearded dragon, and Jackson’s chameleons. Affected pets suffer from severe liver damage and gastrointestinal problems.

The adenovirus can be transmitted from reptile to reptile via contaminated droppings which come into contact with the reptile’s mouth.

The symptoms are more obvious in juvenile bearded dragons, although adults can also be affected but to a lesser extent. They may suffer from weakness, lethargy, diarrhea, and loss of weight. Immediate veterinary attention and treatment is very important because the problem can prove to be fatal.

Your veterinarian may have to conduct some laboratory tests to make sure that it’s adenovirus and not some other conditions that manifest similar symptoms, such as coccidia and a variety of nutritional disorders. If your pet will luckily survive, they have to be quarantined for about 3 months (minimum). Consult your pets’ health care for additional details.



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