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BEARDED dragons (Pogona vitticeps) are increasingly popular as pets. These animals are generally inoffensive (Rowland 2009). However, they can on occasion be aggressive and can inflict a painful bite. This short communication describes the use of a deslorelin implant to control aggression in a young male bearded dragon.
A six-month-old male bearded dragon was presented. Over the previous month, it had become increasingly aggressive towards the owner to the point where it would attempt to bite on the slightest attempt at handling. On physical examination, the animal was bright and alert but very aggressive, exhibiting threatening displays (open mouth and inflated pouch) and attempting to bite. The animal's bodyweight was 191 g. No abnormalities were noted on physical examination. A faecal sample submitted revealed the presence of oxyurid ova. Blood was drawn from the ventral coccygeal vein and submitted to Pinmoore Animal Laboratory Services, Tarporley, Cheshire,for routine biochemistry and haematology and also for a testosterone assay. Total protein was low (50 g/l, reference range 52 to 72 g/l [Rowland 2009]). Creatine kinase activity was elevated (952 …
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