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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Reptiles easily get into a routine of eating, and conscientious owners keep an accurate record of dates, times and the amount and type of food consumed. Just occasionally an otherwise happy reptile will refuse to take food for a prolonged period.....what does it mean ?
When a reptile refuses food (called anorexia) there are several possible reasons :
Fortunately, most reptiles can survive for many weeks without eating, but some of the causes of anorexia are serious so veterinary advice should be sought at an early stage so that any underlying disease can be identified and treated as soon as possible
Owners should weigh their reptile regularly so that any weight loss can be monitored.
In some cases of prolonged refusal to feed tube feeding may be necessary under veterinary supervision.
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