Can injections be administered into a reptile’s back legs?

Date added: 4th March 2015

The following extract is taken from the information provided by Lecturer in Exotic Animal and Wildlife Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, David Perpinan in January’s Exotics Club webinar ‘Reptile Anaesthesia and Analgesia’.

There has been much controversy over the years about the renal portal system in reptiles. It was initially thought that any drug injected into the caudal portion of a reptile was directed first to the kidneys, being eliminated in some cases or producing toxicity in others. However, studies have shown that when a reptile is properly hydrated, the renal portal system has little influence on metabolism of drugs. So it is OK to inject into the front or back legs in a reptile, as long as they are properly hydrated.

In the webinar ‘Reptile Anaesthesia and Analgesia’, David Perpinan reviews anaesthesia in reptiles, including tortoises, snakes, lizards and crocodiles. He begins with a review of reptile anatomy and physiology, followed by a step-by-step description of the procedure to safely and effectively anaesthetise any species of reptile, together with top tips on administering drugs, monitoring anaesthesia and responding to emergencies. In the webinar, David also reviews the developing research topic of analgesia in reptiles.

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