Reptile Veterinarian Serving Akron, Barberton & Wadsworth OH
We are a full service reptile vet clinic that provides care, diagnosis, and treatment to reptiles including all types of snakes and lizards. Routine examinations are the best way for us to determine the current health or potential future problems of your pet. Mild changes in normals can quickly lead to big problems, and since reptiles commonly hide health problems, examinations are essential. The earlier the detection, the better the chance of cure. To accomplish the goal of keeping your pet happy and healthy, we recommend the following reptile veterinarian services:
Reptile Routine Exams
Routine examinations are the best way for us to determine the current health or potential future problems of your pet. Mild changes in normals can quickly lead to big problems, and since reptiles commonly hide health problems, examinations are essential. The earlier the detection, the better the chance of cure.
Having the proper environment is probably more important with reptiles than with any other type of pet. Subtle environmental deficiencies can result in major illnesses. Part of your pet’s routine exam will be a thorough discussion of its home environment. We’ll help you come up with the best set-up for your home situation.
Reptile Wellness Exams
To better aid us in diagnosing potentially hidden problems with your pet, we offer wellness screens. These are a combination of laboratory and radiographic tests that in conjunction with a thorough physical exam can give us a better picture of your pet’s overall health status. With their secretive nature, this is the only way to get the “true” picture of you pet reptile’s health. Liver, muscle, kidney, and even nutritional disturbances can be quickly and easily assed with a small blood sample. Wellness screens are an essential part of a comprehensive wellness program for your pet. Don’t wait until its too late, early detection is the key!
Reptile Diet and Environmental Consultations
The keys to good health for your exotic pet start with proper diet and environment. These are specific for different types of reptiles and minor deficiencies can result in major health problems. All foods are definitely not created equal, and in some cases some foods can actually be harmful to your pet. In addition, with many reptiles vitamin/mineral supplementation may be required to fully maximize your pet’s diet. Careful though! Oversupplementation can often be worse than under supplementing. We’ll advise you on the best arrangement and diet for your pet.
Reptile Parasite Control
Whether wild-caught or domestic raised, single pet or part of a large collection, parasites can be a threat to your reptile’s long-term health. External parasites such as mites and ticks can cause serious anemias and transmit disease. Internal parasites can affect growth, cause obstructions, and result in wasting syndromes. Proper, early treatment is the goal and this requires accurate early diagnosis to be accomplished. We’ll use one or a combination of tests to determine the parasite status of your reptile then rid them of any problem that may occur.
Reptile Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Surgical Procedures
Sometimes more involved treatment regimens are required to handle your reptile’s problems. In those instances, we can help you out with a wide range of diagnostic, treatment and hospitalization options. Radiographs, ultrasound, endoscopy or in-depth laboratory work-ups are available to tackle the toughest reptilian diagnostic challenge. If hospitalization is needed, we utilize individual climate controlled incubators and supply supplemental feedings as needed. Oral and injectible medication, fluid therapy, nebulization treatment, and nutritional supplementation can all be utilized for treatment of your reptile’s ailments.
Should a surgical procedure be required, we’ve got the experience, expertise, and specialized equipment required for the smallest reptile or most involved procedure. Tumor removals, fracture repairs, c-sections, and hysterectomies are but a few of the reptile surgical procedures we commonly perform.
Reptile Emergency Care
Our office is open for your reptile’s health care needs Monday through Friday 8:00-6:00 and Saturday 8:00-4:00. If emergency care is required after these hours, you can rely on our 24 hour emergency facility- the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital. Metro is located at 1053 S. Cleveland-Massilon Rd. in Copley (330-666-2976) and is there to assist with any of our client’s problems. At Metro we have veterinarians and technicians on duty 24 hours daily to address your needs. Metro’s staff doctors rotate through our clinic on a regular basis to assure that they are comfortable addressing the problems of our bird and exotic owning clients.