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Summer Reptile Care

May 15, 2023

With summer on the way, many pet-oriented businesses and websites are focusing on hot-weather pet safety. Our animal companions can be in serious trouble if they overheat! That doesn’t just apply to dogs and cats, though. Reptiles can also be in danger of overheating. A local Middletown, DE vet offers some summer reptile care tips in this article.

Habitats

Reptiles need specific environmental conditions to thrive. The ideal temperature and temperature ranges your pet needs will depend on what kind of animal you have. However, you’ll need to be diligent about checking temperature ranges. Make sure that your little buddy has a cooler area to go to, and that it is actually the appropriate temperature. You may need to turn off heaters during the day. We’d also recommend moving cages out of direct sunlight.

Soaking

Many reptiles enjoy taking soaks. Iguanas, for instance, need to soak a few times a week. Your pet dinosaur may enjoy a few extra baths in hot weather. If you have a pool, you may be able to let your iguana swim. There is a bit of a debate about whether iguanas should be allowed into chlorinated pools. Most seem to do fine, though you can check with your vet for specific advice. It’s also best to let your pet soak in a smaller pool first: this may help you avoid ending up with iguana poop in your pool. Larger lizards may enjoy hanging out in a kiddie pool. Just don’t leave your pet unattended near water. It’s also best to keep them harnessed outside.

Water

Just like other animals, reptiles often drink more when it’s hot out. Make sure your reptile always has clean drinking water. If you use misters for hydration, make sure that they are functioning properly. You may need to mist more than usual in hot weather. Ask your vet for more information.

Cold Treats

This one isn’t going to be a good option for every reptile: It definitely won’t work for those that need to eat live food. However, if your pet eats produce, either exclusively or as a supplement, they may enjoy cold fruits or veggies. Just stick with safe options. Ask your vet for more information.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about your pet reptile’s health or care. As your Middletown, DE animal clinic, we are here to help!  

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