Mouth Rot In Pet Reptiles
Mouth rot is a common problem in snakes, lizards, and turtles. It is technically referred to as infectious stomatitis. Some of the top predisposing factors of mouth rot in reptiles include stress and a compromised immune system that is incapable of keeping the normal bacterial flora population in the mouth in check. Poor living conditions inside the vivarium can adversely affect immune system function. An improper diet or wounds in the mouth can also be important predisposing factors of mouth rot. Affected reptiles tend to lose their appetite because of the pain, and their mouth tissues appear reddish. There may be thick pus and drainage from the mouth and nose. Dead tissue may also be present in the animal’s mouth. Without prompt treatment, the infection can eventually spread to the rest of the gastrointestinal tract. It may also spread to the lungs where it can cause pneumonia.
Bring your pet to your Marietta, GA animal hospital if you notice any symptoms of mouth rot being exhibited by your pet reptile. Schedule an appointment today!