Choosing Your Reptile Vet


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Choosing a reptile veterinarian can be a very daunting task. Not everyone is cut out to be a reptile veterinarian. Luckily, most veterinarians today have a lot of experience in dealing with reptiles, and they usually have a lot of information on hand. It’s up to you to do your homework in finding a reptile veterinarian who has a lot of knowledge and experience with reptiles. When choosing one, here are a few tips:

– reptile veterinarians should be certified by the American Association of Reptile and Amphibian Vets. They also should be certified by the ASI (reptile and amphibian veterinarian organization). You can easily find these references on the Internet. These professionals should have very good and current contact information for you to make inquires about your exotic pet.

– help clinics should not take new reptiles and amphibians in to their care unless they are fully tested and certified as herps. This is to protect both the new owner and the animal. A good vet should also have an enclosure ready for them when taking them in. If they don’t, and your pet ends up in a herp park or other facility, the vet will be sued and could lose his or her practice.

– Make sure that you are able to see your reptile vet when he or she gives you a physical exam. A healthy reptile vet will always allow you to come in at any time and ask questions. However, a reptile vet who isn’t very approachable may not be the best choice for you and your exotic pets. Make sure that you can see your vet during a physical exam, and ask questions if anything is unclear to you. The best doctors and veterinarians will always answer all of your questions, without having you call them repeatedly.

– Reptiles and amphibians require special care when it comes to temperature and humidity. If you plan on keeping your pet reptiles indoors at the winter and summer seasons, then make sure that you have a place set up for them to go at all times. There should be a humidifier, heat lamp, and a temperature and humidity monitor. Your reptile pet vet caretakers will go through these procedures with you to ensure that your pets stay healthy during the cold and wet winter months and the hot and dry summer months.

– Your herp vet report should detail any type of injuries that your pet may have had. Most likely, any turtles or lizards that you buy from a pet shop will be included in a standard veterinary checkup, however, it never hurts to double check just to be on the safe side. Some reptiles, such as snakes, are not included in standard herp exams because they don’t always suffer from injuries on a regular basis. This does not necessarily mean that your reptile will have a more difficult time adjusting to his or her new surroundings, but it will help your vet to see what the scope of your pet’s potential injury risk is.

– Bearded dragons and other reptiles that are sold as pets often have more severe health conditions than you would normally expect. Your reptile veterinary can check for signs of heat stress, internal swelling, lesions, tumors, and other issues that might affect your bearded dragon. He may also be required to do an exam of the tongue, teeth, and gums to make certain that there are no broken or damaged teeth, cancerous growths, or other issues.

– Bearded dragons that are bought from a breeder are typically bred to fight, so they may carry some health issues that the buyer did not find out about on the day of sale. The breeder, who knows the history of the bearded dragon he is selling, can sometimes help the owner to find out about these problems before the pet is purchased. These owners should look for a reptile veterinary that not only specializes in reptile care but also in keeping long-term reptile pets. This is a good way to be sure that your bearded dragon does not get sick before you get him or find out he has some other problem that he cannot control.

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