Develop your knowledge and understanding of gout in reptiles. This is a one-part course that can also be taken as part of the Common urinary conditions course bundle.
This module looks at diagnosis, treatment, prevention and outcomes of gout in reptiles, including:
Cause – inflammation due to deposition of uric acid crystals in intra-articular, peri-articular and visceral tissues, secondary to hyperuricemia. The hyperuricemia can be due to a number of etiologies, most commonly renal disease.
Signs – lameness, joint swellings, pale deposits with oral mucosa, neurological signs, lethargy, anorexia.
Diagnosis – persistently elevated blood uric acid levels, demonstration of crystals and tophi in joints or tissues.
Treatment – pharmacological reduction of blood uric acid levels, analgesia, husbandry changes, euthanasia if refractory.
Prognosis – potentially very guarded, depending on underlying etiology, however some animals may do well long-term with palliative care.
Support and Resources
This online module includes an e-Book with content from Vetstream's Vetlexicon Exotis (reptiles) followed by a quiz leading to a personalized certificate. Written by some of the world's leading veterinarians, ensuring accuracy and depth of content.
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This module is worth approximately 60 minutes of CPD.