Histories and physical exams for reptiles: don't get complacent


Mark A. Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD, DECZM (Herpetology), shares why it is important not to overlook the value of performing these practices thoroughly.

In an interview with dvm360®, Mark A. Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD, DECZM (Herpetology), weighs in on the importance of physical exams and histories of your reptile patients. He says these can sometimes be glossed over in favor of running diagnostics, but clinicians should be aware that doing so could cause them to stray from the path of a correct diagnosis.

View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript.

Mark A. Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD, DECZM (Herpetology): Ultimately a thorough history and a thorough physical exam are really key, especially when you're dealing with reptiles because the husbandry and nutrition are so important, and they're just not standardized like they are in domestic pets.

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