Recommended Reading

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Safe Veterinary Restraint of Venomous and Dangerous Reptiles

What's Wrong With My Snake? by John Rossi DVM, M.A. and Roxanne Rossi. The best layman's manual I have found on basic reptile veterinary care. It is a very good idea to buy this book now at or anywhere else you can find it. Effectively covers topics such as burns, constipation, dehydration, skin lesions, diarrhea, improper shedding, lack of appetite, feeding frequency, overheating, parasites, mouth rot, reproductive failure, rodent injuries, respiratory problems, vomiting, weight loss, seizures, tremors, stargazing and captive stress.

Understanding Reptile Parasites by Roger J Klingenberg. Buy this book now at This best-selling, easy-to-use book offers readers essential information on how to identify the most common parasites of reptiles and how to most effectively treat them. Includes drug charts and dosages. Whether you already have a microscope or not, this book will allow you to recognize many of the clinical symptoms of parasitism in reptiles and consider options for treatment.

Reptile Medicine and Surgery by Doug Mader is the comprehensive textbook in this field. The new edition is expected out in January of 2004. This book is a must have for veterinarians who plan to practice reptile medicine. You can buy this book now at
An excellent and easy to use reference for students, technicians, and veterinarians working with exotic animals, with accurate drug dosages for each species. Dr. Nancy Carpenter says, "This formulary is a 'must-have' for anyone in the exotic animal medicine business....The primary drug classifications are antimicrobials, antifungals, antiparasitics and restraint/anesthetic agents. Additional categories include hormones, nutritional and fluid support, and miscellaneous. Numerous appendices are also pertinent to the reptile practitioner, including classification of select antibacterials in exotic animal medicine, antimicrobial susceptibility tables and select laboratories for avian and reptile diagnostics." Read the rest of her review on the ARAV site, or buy this book now.

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