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Many adventurous pet owners adopt reptiles, from iguanas and snakes to turtles and geckos. But this choice can be more of an adventure than expected, because these animals have their own set of wellness needs while requiring veterinary care just like any other pet. Here at St. Francis Veterinary Hospital in Las Vegas, we can provide your new friend with the proper care!
Different reptiles have different needs in regard to diet, temperatures, enclosures and other variables. Generally speaking, cold-blooded animals such as reptiles require a relatively narrow temperature range in their enclosure because their own bodies cannot respond to wide variations in temperature. As for diet, the needs and preferences of different reptiles can range from insects and vegetables to live rodents or other small mammals. Even the size of enclose you select may influence their health and well being. Our Las Vegas
veterinarian can advise from the very beginning on how to provide the healthiest possible home life for your pet.
Even the healthiest reptile needs preventative wellness exams, just as any other pet does. We can give you a recommended schedule for recurring pet wellness exams that enable our veterinarian to check vital signs, run laboratory tests for internal parasites and inspect your pet's exterior for any sign of infection or injury. These regular checkups can ensure that any problems can receive soonest possible treatment.
If you've never raised a reptile, you may be wondering how you can tell when your pet needs immediate care, especially since reptiles can't vocalize their distress like dogs and cats do. Look for telltale signals such as:
Whether you're bringing your reptile to our vet for routine evaluation or to check on a specific health problem, be ready to discuss details of your pet's diet, enclosure space and temperature, any recent changes in appearance or behavior, reproductive and medical history an any medications or nutritional supplements your pet may be taking.
Our vet will weight your reptile and evaluate his heart action, breathing, sensory organs, fecal sample (to test for parasites), abdomen/cloaca, stance, gait and general disposition. If a specific medical issue is confirmed, we will discuss treatment options with you, administer the appropriate care and advise you on any further care you need to administer at home.
St. Francis Veterinary Hospital loves reptiles as much as you do -- so do the right thing by bringing your new family member to our veterinarian. Call 702-675-8366 to schedule an appointment!
Now accepting new clients by appointment only.
Dr. Drake and CarolAnn are amazing! They have been caring for my dogs for over 10 years now and I have never had one complaint. They are always so happy to see my dogs and provide them with the most compassionate care. I recommend them to any seeking an honest, caring, loving, empathizing and helpful veterinarian!