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How OAH Helps School Pets – Featuring Tank the Tegu

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Reptiles

Did you know Olathe Animal Hospital offers free wellness exams and services for school pets?  Many school pets fall into the “exotics” category—i.e. not dogs and cats! They may include rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, birds, snakes, turtles, and others. The doctors at Olathe Animal Hospital have additional training in exotic animal medicine, and love treating and helping a wide variety of animals. By helping our area schools provide quality care for animals with unique needs, we can help not only the animals, but the students who learn from them and the schools who rely on them.  Usually this means routine health checks and educating students about proper husbandry, but occasionally it means saving an animal’s life—as was the case with Tank, the Argentinean Tegu from Olathe North High School .

Tank’s care-taker for the summer was concerned about his loss of appetite. After numerous x-rays, repeated trips to our office, and forced tube-feeding, it became apparent that Tank needed surgery. On June 12, 2009, Tank underwent an abdominal exploratory surgery. This surgery revealed a foreign body lodged in his intestines. It was removed uneventfully, and Tank made a full recovery. Thanks to Tank’s astute care-giver, and the caring doctors and staff at Olathe Animal Hospital , Tank is doing great!

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