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Iguana Bladder Stones

2020-04-02T10:41:44-07:00April 1st, 2020|Reptile|

Common Green Iguana's occasionally have a problem with bladder stones (the medical term for bladder stone is urolithiasis or cystic calculi). It is difficult to determine exactly why they have this problem. Just like in tortoises, the bladder stone can be very large. In addition to learning about the surgical removal of a bladder stone in an Iguana in this page, we also have pages that show a bladder stone removal in a dog and a tortoise. The tortoise page on removing a bladder stone is particularly interesting. Check it out and you will see why. The page on removing a bladder

Reptile X-rays

2020-06-27T06:49:16-07:00April 1st, 2020|Reptile|

In this fun page you get an opportunity to guess the species of reptile by looking at a radiographs (x-rays) taken at the Long Beach Animal Hospital. Some of them are normal, some of the pets were ill, and some were taken during emergencies. Some of them have links to learn more about why they were taken and how they were treated. Most of our reptile patients sit still and are easy to radiograph. Not quite for this 120 pound python though. He is so strong that wherever he decides to go you need to follow! Eggs in a water

Chameleon Bone Disease

2020-04-01T17:06:12-07:00March 31st, 2020|Reptile|

Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD), also know as Nutritional Secondary HyperParathyroidism (NSHP), occurs in many reptiles that are non-carnivorous. This page talks about MBD in chameleons, although it is most common in the green Iguana. This is what the bones should look like in a normal and healthy chameleon Same healthy chameleon in a different view. Use these two radiographs as a basis for comparison when we show you one with MBD.  There are differences in why chameleons get this problem as opposed to MBD in the green iguana, but the main problem of inadequate husbandry stays consistent. You should visit

Macaw With a Bell Stuck On His Tongue

2020-04-28T20:50:35-07:00March 31st, 2020|Avian|

This guy literally bit off more than he could chew. His owner brought him in before he could do any long-term damage to his tongue. If you have ever watched a bird like this you will know that is uses its sensitive tongue for many things. A Macaw with a damaged tongue will not be able to eat. This is an emergency due to the important role that tongue has in all species, especially a bird like this. The bird could easily panic and lacerate his tongue severely, injuring  it so that he cannot use it in the future, or

Gecko Tail Amputation

2020-04-01T19:26:55-07:00March 31st, 2020|Reptile|

It is not uncommon for reptiles to be presented with trauma to either the tail or one of the digits of the feet. In most cases they are brought in by their owners after the disease is well established and it is impossible to salvage the traumatized area. This page shows a case in a Leopard Gecko (do you recognize him? His picture is at the entrance to the reptile section). Treatment This is the tail upon presentation to our office. Initially we treated it with antibiotics to save it but the problem progressed and we were worried about infection