Exotic pets: a veterinary guide for owners by Shawn Messonnier

By Shawn Messonnier

Dr. Shawn Messionier offers puppy proprietors a simple knowing of the care required for the various extra well known unique puppy species together with snakes, turtles, iguanas, ferrets, birds, gerbils, and rabbits. a brief owner's connection with the commonest difficulties encountered while taking care of such pets, this e-book comprises scientifically right info on illnesses and discusses right habitat and nutritional wishes crucial for achievement and delight of those unique animals.

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The oral cavity is examined for signs of infectious stomatitis (mouth rot). No vaccines are required for iguanas. Most of the visit will probably be a question-and-answer session. We spend an average of 30 minutes with all new exotic pet owners and give them a handout as well as suggest several good books to read on the care of their new pet. If all turns out well, your iguana will be given a clean bill of health. Like all pets, iguanas should be examined annually and have their stool tested for parasites annually.

A UV light is supplied as well. Often, a vitamin injection is also given. I try not to correct the improper diet until the animal has recovered from the disease; then, the diet is slowly changed. Recovery, if it occurs, should be seen after four to six weeks of injections. Owners are instructed to remove all objects from the cage except the food and water bowls. The bones of these sick pets are very fragile and can easily fracture if the iguana falls off a basking area or if a branch falls onto the pet.

Natural branches are a nice addition to the python's habitat. Make sure they are secure and won't fall onto the pet and injure it. Ideally, the branch should slope from the bottom of the enclosure to the top and end near a heat source so the snake can bask. Rocks (large ones) in the cage also allow for basking. A hiding place is appreciated by all reptiles and should be available. Artificial plants can be arranged to provide a hiding place, as can clay pots, cardboard boxes, and other containers that provide a secure area.

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