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Iguana Bone Disease (NSHP, MBD)

2020-04-06T21:38:22-07:00April 2nd, 2020|Reptile|

The most common reptile brought to our hospital is the green iguana. The primary reason owners bring in their ill green iguana is because it has developed a disease called metabolic bone disease (MBD), also known as nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism (NSHP), or just secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHP). This Iggie decided he just wanted to hang out and drink our coffee This big boy shows how much bigger they can get. Unfortunately, some of these male iguanas are this large because they were fed a diet too high in protein when they were young, which will affect their kidneys later in life.  The main cause

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

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