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Visceral Gout


When acids build up in one or more organs of a lizard this is called visceral gout. The kidneys of a lizard are the most commonly affected organs however it can also attack the heart or liver. The acid which builds up causes a great deal of stress on the organ to the point that it may fail completely.

Antibiotics have been known to cause visceral gout in some lizards. Furthermore, herbivorous lizards that eat only plants do not have the ability to properly digest meat which is also a cause of visceral gout. Lastly, a lack of water can also lead to this condition.

Unfortunately at this time there are no known remedies for visceral gout.

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