Kirk Suedmeyer, DVM, DACZM

Dr. Kirk Suedmeyer is the Director of Animal Health and Research at the Kansas City Zoo in Kansas City, Missouri, where he has worked since 1992. Dr. Suedmeyer is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and Past-President of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (2012-2013) and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian […]

Article  Presenting Problem 

Presenting problem: Stomatitis in Reptiles

Stomatitis, also known as “mouth rot”, ulcerative stomatitis, necrotic stomatitis, and/or periodontal disease is a common problem in snakes and lizards. Stomatitis is less common in chelonians and crocodilians, and often presents as a stomatitis-rhinitis complex in tortoises. This presenting problem article explores the pertinent anatomy involved, key points of urgent care, as well as tips for case management.