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Nutritional Support of Reptile Patients

Authors
Journal
Veterinary Clinics of North America Exotic Animal Practice
1094-9194
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
17
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.cvex.2014.01.009
Keywords
  • Reptile
  • Nutrition
  • Assist-Feeding
  • Nutritional Support
  • Neonate(S)
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Synopsis Provision of nutritional support to reptile patients is a challenging and often misunderstood task. Ill reptiles are frequently anorexic and can benefit greatly from appropriate nutrition delivered via a variety of assist-feeding techniques. Neonatal reptiles can also be very challenging patients as many fail to thrive without significant efforts to establish normal feeding behaviors. This article presents ideas supporting the benefit of timely nutritional support as well as specific recommendations for implementation of assist feeding. Also discussed are a few nutritional issues that affect captive reptile species.

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