Hey all,
Do any of you know if there is any good treatment for cryptosporidium infections in reptiles?
Also, where would you go to get a 6% solution of hydrogen peroxide (the common drug store stuff is 3%)
Thanks for any and all answers.
Luke

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Hey all, Do any of you know if there is any good treatment for cryptosporidium infections in reptiles? Also, where would you go to get a 6% solution of hydrogen peroxide (the common drug store stuff is 3%) Thanks for any and all answers. Luke

You are talking about the intestinal waterborne parasite?

Where did your reptile contract Cryptosporidiosis? What precautions are you taking to prevent the spread to other animals and by all mean to you or other people?
In most areas of the country, you must report any infection from this parasite to the Health Department in your area.
What is the use of hydrogen peroxide for treatment of this disease? I thought this was a disease that had to run its course!

No answers for you, just a few questions
Jim Smith
You are talking about the intestinal waterborne parasite? Where did your reptile contract Cryptosporidiosis?

I suspect I've had a long term, chronic infection in a couple of my gopher snakes, probably by introducing an infected animal to my collection some years ago. It recently got worse, and one of my snakes died. I have one other snake that is showing similar symptoms.
What precautions are you taking to prevent the spread to other animals

Quarentine and disinfection of cages and supplies.
and by all mean to you or other people?

Reptillian cryptosporidium is not infectious to humans, and vice versa.
What is the use of hydrogen peroxide for treatment of this disease? I thought this was a disease that had to run its course!

Not a treatment, as a disinfectant. Cryptosporidium oocytes are unaffected by bleach, isopropyl alcohol, and most other disinfectants. In my review of what little medical literature I could find on the subject in a short period of time, there are three effective disinfectants: quaternary ammonia (windshield cleaning solution was used in the study) is somewhat but not completely effective, 6% hydrogen peroxide was a completely effective disinfectant after 13 minutes of exposure, and exposure to UV light is reported to be effective at killing the spores (not reptile UV lights, mind you, you need some fancy equipment to get the UV for sterilization).
For all I know, the 3% hydrogen peroxide solutions you can buy at drugstores might work, too, but I want to be sure I kill the nasties. I have many seemingly healthy snakes and, as of several years ago, cryptosporidium infections in snakes was both incurable and invariably lethal. This might have changed recently (hence my question to the group). Unfortunately, in my case veterinary treatment is not an option for about a month, but after late September/early October, I plan to have my snakes tested and, if possible, treated for this parasite. Until then, I am doing everything in my power to make sure that the infection does not spread to the rest of my snakes.

Luke

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You are talking about the intestinal waterborne parasite? Where did your reptile contract Cryptosporidiosis?

I suspect I've had a long term, chronic infection in a couple of my gopher snakes, probably by introducing an ... It recently got worse, and one of my snakes died. I have one other snake that is showing similar symptoms.

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For all I know, the 3% hydrogen peroxide solutions you can buy at drugstores might work, too, but I want ... everything in my power to make sure that the infection does not spread to the rest of my snakes. Luke

I think you can get stronger peroxide if you get the stuff to bleach hair. I have seen it at the drug store.
Hey all, Do any of you know if there is any good treatment for cryptosporidium infections in reptiles? Also, where ... drug store stuff is 3%) Thanks for any and all answers. Luke To email me, take out the trash.

Luke,
Crypto..eww..
Follow these links for more info (or for those interested parties):

http://www.indigosnakes.com/Reptilian%20Crypto.htm

http://www.deancloseprep.gloucs.sch.uk/chelonia/testudo/articles/disease.htm
In regards to Crypto being zoonotic (transferable from one species to another), yes it is, but not the (direct) reptillian strain...
Here is some info on Zoonotic diseases (not just reptillian):

http://research.ucsb.edu/connect/pro/disease.html
http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/zoonotic /
In regards to 6% Hydrogen Peroxide, this is the same stuff used by Beauticians for coloring hair. Go talk to one of the gals at a local salon and ask them if they would be willing to sell (or order) some for you.

Good luck!
~Wade
Thanks, Wade,
In regards to 6% Hydrogen Peroxide, this is the same stuff used by Beauticians for coloring hair. Go talk to one of the gals at a local salon and ask them if they would be willing to sell (or order) some for you.

It looks like a trip to a beauty parlor is in order this weekend.

Luke

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