People are always asking me when they need to see a veterinarian for their reptiles. Sometimes your scaly buddy might be sick and not show such obvious symptoms. A sick reptile may have decreased energy, not act themselves, or eat less than usual. Some less obvious symptoms to look for would be abnormal stool color and appearance or even abnormal shedding. If your pet presents with any of these symptoms, please come in for an exam! Maybe you are planning on hibernating for the winter. Stop by for an appointment to assure your pet is healthy enough for a hibernation period. Or maybe you just get a new reptile friend? Bringing him or her in for an establishing visit is a good way to make sure he or she is healthy and ready for your home.
A lot of people also ask me what goes on in a reptile’s veterinary visit. You can expect a technician first take a very detailed history of your reptile’s enclosure, living conditions, diet, etc. I will then perform a thorough exam to assess your pet’s health. Afterwards, we will provide you with handouts and resources to learn more about your reptile’s species-specific needs. In addition, we may recommend performing blood work or a fecal parasite test to ensure that he or she is healthy, inside and out! If your scaly friend is ill, we also may recommend advanced diagnostics (such as digital x-rays) and/or prescribe medication. We also offer hospitalization for individualized nursing care, should your reptile need it.
Fun fact! Did you know that a Doppler Ultrasound unit is used to listen to your reptile’s heart? Stethoscopes do not work on most reptiles, like they would on cats and dogs!
If you ever have any questions or concerns for your reptile pets, please do not hesitate to call us anything at (916) 485-2777.