ABSTRACT: The use of topical insulin therapy for promotion of second intention healing has been investigated in a case study following removal of a soft tissue sarcoma in a Bearded Dragon (Pogona Vitticeps). Topical Insulin therapy appears to be beneficial in promoting second intention healing in Pogona Vitticeps although consideration is needed when using on sites associated with neoplasia. A preferred suitable dressing medium for reptiles has been identified for future use. More research is needed through practical application of current studies into wound management in reptiles to be able to improve the management of future cases such as this.


Danielle Barnett, RVN FdSc, CertVNECC

Danielle graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and has worked with a wide variety of species from the onset of her Veterinary Nursing training. She went on to complete the certificate ofVeterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care in 2018 and is UK practising within an ECC clinic in Essex. Email: barnett.danielle@ymail.com

Keywords: topical insulin; bearded dragon; reptiles; sarcoma; second intention healing

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 35 (03) • March 2020 pp64-67

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