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Every animal that might be considered a pet can benefit from regular wellness care -- including the cold-blooded wing of the animal family. A combination of scrupulous home care and periodic veterinary checkups can keep your pet turtle, lizard, snake or other reptile happy and healthy for years to come. It's not always easy to tell what your beloved companion needs or even when he is ill. That's why our Las Vegas veterinarian at St. Francis Animal Hospital, Dr. Drake, provides comprehensive, knowledgeable wellness care for reptiles just like yours.
Good health starts at home for reptiles, just as it does for any other pet. The idea that these animals somehow require less care and maintenance than traditional pets is a myth; in fact, they present some special challenges of their own. First and foremost, you have to put your pet in an enclosure of the right size and shape. For instance, the height of a land turtle's tank should be about twice the measurement of its carapace (shell) length -- but for an aquatic turtle, you'll need to add at least 8 inches to that measure. The wrong enclosure size can upset your reptile and even cause him to stop eating. We can advise you on how to select an enclosure, along with all-important practices for keeping it clean of dangerous bacteria.
Temperature and diet are also critical for reptile wellness. Your cold-blooded friend requires a moderate temperature range, preferably with minimal variations, to keep his metabolism functioning normally. Different reptiles prefer different foods, from fruits, greens and insects (turtles, bearded dragons, geckos etc.) to rodents (kingsnakes and pythons). Our veterinarian can advise you on how to keep your pet warm and well fed.
Regular wellness evaluations are a critical step in ensuring your reptile's long-term health. Our veterinarian will perform such essential tasks as:
If your pet displays any signs of a health problem, we will explain the situation to you, administer treatment as needed, and advise on any steps you might be able to take to prevent future bouts of the problem. We can also warn you of any telltale signs of illness to watch out for. These may include wheezing or other respiratory distress, sudden loss of appetite, visible skin changes, and evidence of injury or swelling anywhere along the body. Incomplete shedding in snakes can also be dangerous, because the remaining skin may cut off circulation in the tail. Once you know what to look for, we can work together to help your pet stay in optimal health. In the meantime, call 702-675-8366 to schedule a preventative wellness evaluation!
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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!