Ashworth Road Animal Hospital Offers Reptile Care
Reptiles have become a popular choice for people of all ages. However, reptiles need specialized care, housing and handling to ensure safety for the animal, as well as for the owner. Your veterinarian can offer good advice on taking care of your reptile, as well as veterinary treatment when needed. At Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in West Des Moines, IA, we offer care for a wide range of reptile species.
Your Reptile’s Checkup
When you get a new reptile pet, it’s always a good idea to have it checked by a veterinarian to ensure that it is in good health and to discuss any concerns you may have about care of the animal. The vet will do a physical examination, checking the exterior for parasites and doing blood and fecal tests to detect internal problems. In this way, the vet will begin to understand your pet’s baseline health, if any further treatment is needed in the future. Annual checkups are a good way to ensure your reptile continues to be in good health as the years pass.
Common Reptile Veterinary Problems
Reptiles can acquire a number of health issues that may need treatment from a veterinarian. Mites, tiny parasites, can cause skin problems in reptiles. A number of viruses can cause respiratory problems or intestinal problems in reptiles. Fungal infections can also occur. Your reptile may develop metabolic bone disorder if the proper nutrition, food and vitamins are not provided. A vet with training in reptile care can offer treatment for these health problems.
Safe Handling of Reptiles
Because reptiles can transmit diseases to humans, it’s important that you know the recommended methods for handling your reptile pet:
- Wash your hands carefully after handling your reptile to prevent transmission of disease.
- Children under 5, the elderly and individuals with immune system problems should avoid contact with reptiles because of the possibility of Salmonella transmission.
- Keep your reptile and all reptile-related materials away from your kitchen. Clean items in the bathroom.
- Do not touch your mouth or eat foods after contact with your reptile. Always wash your hands first.
Make Ashworth Road Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in West Des Moines
The veterinarians and staff at Ashworth Road Animal Hospital use their training and experience to provide quality care for all their patients in West Des Moines, IA, and nearby communities. We offer a broad range of veterinary services, including vaccinations, dental care, surgery, senior pet care and care for exotic animals. Contact Ashworth Road Animal Hospital today at (515) 225-1807 for an appointment to have your reptile examined and to learn about the best ways to care for your pet.