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Why would our beardies suddenly stop eating?
Inclusion body disease is known to strike pythons and boas.
In the 1970s, red-eared sliders were so popular in the pet trade that they were actually raised in human sewage ponds —hence the source of the Salmonella
“Well, Mr. Jones, I have to disagree with you. Snakes do have internal ears, and they can hear.”
When Puka came to the Turtle Hospital, the director at first wanted to euthanize her. My first thought was that I had to agree. A hole in a sea turtle —not good.
MBD is not actually a single disease entity, it is a collection of medical disorders affecting the integrity and function of bones.
The Monroe County Jail in Florida is home to a variety of animals, cared for by inmates.
The two most common causes of vomiting or regurgitation in snakes are low-environmental temperature and handling the animal too soon after eating.
Long-distance medicine is a reality, but it requires trained individuals on both ends of the cyber connection to collect all the data and formulate a diagnosis and plan.
Mites can be both a nuisance and a costly problem in any reptile collection.
After 23 years answering over 350 questions in over 250 columns and writing numerous columns, Dr. Douglas Mader bids farewell.
Environmental enrichment will improve the health of captive reptiles.
Thermal burns in reptiles are one of the most common injuries seen by herp veterinarians.The exact reason why reptiles seem so prone to burns is not understood, but something about their behavior makes them more susceptible to this type of…
A parasite is any animal that lives on or within a second animal, and for the most part, parasites live in harmony with their hosts in the wild. They derive sustenance or protection from them, and although they may not…
Years ago, I always liked to take the emergency shift during holidays so that my associate doctors could spend time with their families. At the time my wife was an ER nurse in a human trauma center, and being junior…
I am frequently asked if I will perform veterinary work on “hot,” or venomous, species. The answer is yes. The “hot stuff” is susceptible to all the same issues that non-venomous species are, with a few extras thrown in. Treating…
"Bad laboratory data are worse than no laboratory data at all." Considering the variety of species of herp patients that I see, I think this old saying is more significant than any other in all of veterinary medicine. This is because…
It seems as though throughout my life I have lived in places where natural disasters are just a blink away. Whether it was California with the earthquakes or the Florida Keys and the hurricanes, I always make it a point…
Dear Dr. Mader, I am a tortoise enthusiast and a huge fan of yours. I am in the process of finishing my prerequisite courses for veterinary school. I am writing because I wanted to share with you the story of…
I get a zillion e-mails and calls asking advice about herp cases. This morning, I got a frantic call from a veterinarian about a large python that was showing signs of inclusion body disease. He wanted to know if there…
My leopard gecko ran away and now that I found her again, she won't eat. Why is this?
Why is my tortoise’s feces white?
My bearded dragon recently stopped eating and I was wondering what would cause this?
Do ball pythons typically go through a hibernation state during the winter?