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Reptile & Amphibian Center

Infectious Cloacitis in Reptiles



If a stone is present within the cloaca it must be removed for the infection to resolve. Intestinal parasites are treated with medications that kill or help the body eliminate them. Treatment of the cloacal infection itself can include the surgical removal of damaged tissues, cleaning the affected area with an antiseptic, applying a topical antibiotic ointment, and oral or injectable antibiotics.


Living and Management


With aggressive therapy, most reptiles with infectious cloacitis will recover fully. If the infection has spread elsewhere in the body, the prognosis is more guarded. Any underlying conditions (e.g. dietary imbalances) must also be addressed or the condition is likely to return.