Wellness Testing What is wellness testing? Why should we test? When should these tests be done?
Spaying What is spaying? Why should we consider spaying our lizards? When should the surgery be performed?
Why: To improve the animals quality of life
What Is Wellness Testing? Tests performed to check for early disease processes in your pet For lizards x-rays are very useful
Why Consider Wellness Tests? If we can detect illness early, we can intervene early Animals are very good at hiding illness – its instinct Improves the quality of life of your pet
When Should We Test? Yearly At what age should these yearly tests begin?
Case Study: Susie Approx 6 yrs old Had at least 2 previous owners Fed some dog food with her fruits and veggies during this time Diagnosed with kidney disease
What Other Problems Can We Detect With X-rays? Kidney disease is extremely common in iguanas Metabolic bone disease (look at density) Tumors (could be cancerous) Calculi (stones)
So What Else Can We Do? Test soon Test often
What Is Spaying? The removal of the ovaries, oviduct and shell gland – the entire reproductive system
Why Consider Spaying? Relieves unnecessary stress on pet *Anorexia and weight loss *Complications with the egg process Relieves unnecessary stress on owner
Nest Boxes and Egg Laying:
When Should the Spay Be Done? Need to confirm sex of animal February – April
Xrays: Xrays are a great way to monitor the process of the follicles forming into eggs Some lizards will complete the cycle and lay the eggs, others will resorb the eggs or remain in stasis
Case Study: Ozzys Spay Day Before premedication for surgery
Items to Note: Skin incision stapled shut Entire procedure took about 30 minutes Ozzy was completely awake 15 minutes after that Full recovery in 1 month If not using your lizard for breeding purposes, then spaying should be a strong consideration
In Summary: Spaying and wellness testing are 2 ways that we can help improve the quality and duration of the life of our pets
My Advice to You: Find a qualified reptile vet that you can trust to help you decide what is best for your lizard Many of us have more than one reptile – take it one critter at a time
To Conclude: The reason we are here tonight is because we want to improve the quality of life of all reptiles, so please consider spaying and wellness testing for your pets