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The Reptile Series provides information on a variety of herpetological species and how to take care of them: the right kind of housing, temperature, food, lights, and veterinarian. Turtles, snakes, iguanas, lizards, and geckos all have different needs from anything that was born wearing fur. Keeping a reptile happy and healthy isn't difficult, but it helps to have a resource you can trust. Melissa Kaplan, author of Iguanas for Dummies, wrote the Reptile Series for Veterinary Partner.

 Feeding Reptiles
 Reptile Basics
 Reptile Species
 Reptile Enclosures
 Iguana Care, Feeding, and Socialization

   
Blood Work: CBC and Chemistry Panel
Blood work - presurgical or otherwise - is usually a combination of a complete blood count (CBC) and a blood chemical analysis. Blood work is a basic evaluation tool. Pets, particularly senior ones, should have a CBC at every annual examination.

Keep Your Iguana In Good Shape With These Tips
An iguana makes an interesting addition to any family but you need to know what you are doing. This isn't just a funny looking dog or cat; iguanas have some very unique needs. If you -- or your child -- have an iguana on your wish list, make sure you know what to do to keep your new pet healthy.

Dealing with Iguana and Other Reptile Bites
What do you do when your reptile has just bitten you and won't let go? These techniques work with iguanas and other large, tenacious lizards and snakes. How to clean your own wound, and what to tell the doctor if you need to see one.

Inclusion Body Disease
Inclusion body disease (IBD) has been increasingly diagnosed in boas and pythons (boids). The way it affects these two groups of snakes is slightly different but the long-term effects are the same: the disease is terminal in those animals who exhibit symptoms of the disease.

Pet Turtles: A Common Source of Salmonella
"Young children are ingenious in constructing ways to infect themselves," says Paige. "They put the small turtles in their mouths or, more often, they touch the turtles or dangle their fingers in the turtle tank water and then put their hands in their mouths. Also, sometimes the tanks and reptile paraphernalia are cleaned in the kitchen sink, and food and eating utensils get crossed-contaminated."

 
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VetzInsight: A Different Place to Learn
The same folks who provide Veterinary Partner also offer a blog called VetzInsight. Rather than explain what occurs in a disease process and how to treat it - which was Veterinary Partner offers - our goal is not only to inform on larger issues but to tap into the numerous emotions at play within the human-animal bond. We're here to learn and have fun. If you're interested in learning more about a broader look at veterinary medicine, the veterinarians, the clients, and the patients, VetzInsight is a great learning experience.

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