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quality in cats in which the liquid injection technique was used. See PAGE 262 Analgesic efficacy of butorphanol and morphine in bearded dragons and corn snakes Information regarding pain control in reptiles is particularly scarce, even though

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Introduction Blue-tongued skinks are viviparous lizards belonging to the Tiliqua genus that are growing in popularity in the reptile pet trade 1 and that lack sexual dimorphism. 2 The genus Tiliqua includes 7 species of skinks

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birds have only 1 type of pigment-containing cell (melanocytes), other animals such as fish, amphibians, and reptiles have multiple pigment-containing cells, collectively referred to as chromatophores. These cells are derived from the neural crest and

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peak metabolism in small homeotherms; the dissociation between rectal and blood or muscle temperature during intense exercise (especially in horses); temperature and anesthetic issues of poikilotherms (including amphibians and reptiles); and reports of

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.” GIVING REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS THE BEST MEDICINE By R. Scott Nolen Ball pythons, bearded dragons, and Pacman frogs—though neither cute nor cuddly—are part of a menagerie of pet reptiles and amphibians, or herptiles, owned by millions of Americans. And

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nutritional disorders such as calcium deficiencies and subsequent metabolic bone diseases are rare in wild chelonians. Although a considerable amount of evidence-based information has been obtained on reptile physiology-biology 9–11 and management, 12

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Ocular pathological conditions are frequently reported in tortoises. 1,2 Specific reference ranges for ocular variables are needed to be able to perform a thorough ophthalmic evaluation of reptile patients. The assessment of IOP is crucial for a

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important part of reptile health evaluation. 10 Several studies 8,11–13 have reported hematologic and plasma biochemical values for cold-stunned Kemp's ridley turtles. However, most of these reports were published in non–peer-reviewed literature, included

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Identification and treatment of pain in reptiles is challenging because of these animals’ unique physiologic, anatomic, and behavioral characteristics. 1 In a survey 2 conducted by members of Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians

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formed by the fusion of lateral extensions of carapacial and plastral bones. 1 This unique configuration separates the chelonian anatomy from other reptiles, with the shell providing support and protection. The extent of shell protection varies by

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