Reptile Care


Providing proper medical care for reptiles requires specialized training and skill. Reptiles can make unique and exciting pets, but they are much different than dogs and cats. It is very important that reptiles are housed properly, with the correct enclosure, lighting, heat, humidity, and substrate. Dr. Danner will work with you to make sure you fully understand the nutritional, behavioral and husbandry needs for your reptile companion. We see a variety of different reptile species including snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, and frogs. Below is a list of some of the veterinary services we can offer your reptile friend:

  • Comprehensive wellness examinations

  • Professional beak and nail trimming (for turtles and tortoises)

  • Nutritional counseling

  • Acute and chronic illnesses

  • Full diagnostic testing including bacterial testing, chemistries, complete blood counts, parasitology, cytology, toxicology, histopathology, etc

  • Digital radiography

  • Laser therapy

  • Microchipping

  • Euthanasia and cremation services

Bringing Your Reptile to us:

For the safety of your pet and other pets in our office, we ask that all reptiles come in a tote, box or small portable enclosure. During colder months, make sure your vehicle is warm before placing your pet in it and be sure that a towel or blanket is draped over the carrier to keep him or her warm.

Signs of Illness:

We recommend that you contact us as soon as your start seeing any of the following symptoms in your reptile companion:

  • Decreased appetite

  • Vomiting

  • Lethargy

  • Diarrhea or change in stools (especially fewer droppings)

  • Decreased water intake

  • Weight loss

  • “Noisy” breathing, sneezing, coughing

  • Discharge from eyes, nose or mouth

  • Sunken eyes

  • Changes in behavior

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