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Posted on 07-11-2017
Reptile Care from our Windsor Veterinarian
Caring for any animal has its challenges, but pet reptiles are much different than dogs and cats. Pet owners are less than familiar with what reptile pets need and what kinds of problems they can run into. Each veterinarian here at Garden Valley Veterinary Hospital (Dr. Kloer or Dr. Touran) is happy to help Windsor pet owners help their special friends. Here are some specific elements or reptile care to keep in mind, especially if you've never owned a reptile before.
• Enclosure - Reptiles are surprisingly picky about, or at least sensitive to, their surroundings. You can't simply keep your snake or turtle in a shoebox! Select an enclosure that offers plenty of space; as a general rule, for instance, a land turtle usually needs twice as long an enclosure as the length of his shell. It's also critical that you keep the enclosure clean to reduce risks of diseases.
• Temperature - Reptiles are cold-blooded animals, so they don't do well in extreme or highly variable temperatures. A steady, consistent, moderate temperature will help keep your pet functioning normally. Chameleons also require high humidity, since they get their water from droplets of condensation. (Regular applications from a spray bottle can add the necessary moisture.)
• Diet - Feeding a reptile isn't always a simple as buying a bag of "chow" from the grocery store. Different reptiles have different needs. Turtles typically thrive on vegetables, while insects are a staple food of many small lizards. A large snake, however, may need to be fed rodents such as mice.
• Trouble signs - Signs of potential health problems in reptiles are too different from those in other animals. If your reptile is having trouble breathing, displaying skin damage/inflammation/swelling, or refusing to eat foods he normally loves, consult either veterinarian at our clinic right away. A snake that is having trouble shedding his skin is also in trouble since the stubborn skin can cut off blood flow to the tail.
Our Windsor Animal Hospital Can Help Keep Your Reptile Healthy
As with any other kind of pet, the smartest thing you can do to keep your reptile in good shape is to bring him to our Windsor animal hospital for regular checkups. We can not only evaluate various aspects of his health, but we can also discuss any questions or concerns you may have about raising this type of pet.
Schedule an Appointment with our Windsor Veterinarian
To learn more about reptile care, contact us today at 970-674-5105 to schedule a visit to our veterinary center!
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