Exotic pets like reptiles often require special care. If you’ve never owned a reptile before, you may have quite a few questions about their care. These FAQs from North Heights Veterinary Clinic in Appleton provide the answers you need to keep your pet in good health.
How often does my reptile need a veterinary checkup?
We recommend you schedule annual exams for your reptile. This gives our Appleton vet a chance to monitor your pet’s health. Some types of reptiles need to be examined more often due to increased risk of sickness or disease. Older reptiles and those with pre-existing conditions may need more frequent checkups to manage their symptoms. Routine checkups can help prevent health issues to keep your pet healthier long-term.
What does a pet exam for my reptile entail?
Our veterinarian will examine your pet for signs of sickness or health conditions. If necessary, we’ll perform diagnostic tests to evaluate his overall health. Through bloodwork, fecal tests, and radiology services, we can detect signs of parasites or internal issues. We’ll also discuss any problems you’ve been having with your pet or unusual behavior. If you have questions about your pet’s health, care, diet, or lifestyle, now would be a good time to ask.
How can I tell if my pet reptile is unwell?
Reptiles are not immune to sickness and injury. If your reptile is not well, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Discoloration on his skin or shell
- Loss of appetite resulting in rapid weight loss
- Lethargy or fatigue
- Change of temperament or unusual behavior
- Discharge from your pet’s nose, mouth, or eyes
If your pet experiences symptoms like sudden bleeding, swelling, or loss of consciousness, contact our veterinary specialist right away for urgent care. These could be symptoms of a life-threatening condition. When in doubt, your best course of action is to call your vet.
See Our Appleton Vet for Pet Reptile Care
To learn more about the care of your reptile pet or to schedule a pet exam, contact North Heights Veterinary Clinic in Appleton at 920-739-7816 today.