New Year’s Resolutions for People With Exotic Pets

Happy New Year! Do you have a reptile or exotic pet? While dogs and cats may be the most popular pets, other animals also make wonderful companions. Why not add a few pet-specific items to your resolutions this year? A Lexington, KY veterinarian suggests some good ones below.

Do Some Research

Exotic animals all have their own charms. They also all have their own specific care needs. Whether you’re a first-time pet owner or have had animal companions all your life, there’s always going to be more to learn. Do some research into your pet’s care requirements, and ask your vet for specific advice.

Keep Up With Veterinary Care

Just like any other pet, exotics and reptiles benefit from proper veterinary care. While every pet is different, most should come in at least once a year. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. While you’re there, get some tips on common illnesses, as well as their symptoms and any applicable preventative measures you could take.

Upgraded Habitat

Many reptiles and exotic animals require specific environmental conditions to stay healthy. This is one area where it’s definitely worth your while to invest in some good, high-quality equipment. Consider upgrading your setup. Or, if you want to go all-out, get your pet a bigger enclosure.

Handle Your Pet Regularly

Many exotic animals and reptiles are quite timid by nature. However, it’s important to handle them gently and regularly to keep them docile and friendly. Pay attention to your animal pal every day!

Keep It Clean

Keep your pet’s home clean! This is often much easier if you stay on top of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Spread Awareness

This one may not make much of a difference to your pet, but it could be absolutely life-changing for another animal. It’s far too common for people to adopt exotics without really understanding what they need. It also doesn’t help that many major pet stores are staffed by people who don’t have much, or any, background in animal care. This, unfortunately, means that people sometimes get incomplete or incorrect information. Even sharing social media posts about best practices for adopting or caring for exotic animals could help!

As your local veterinary clinic, we look forward to helping you keep your pet healthy in 2021 and beyond. Call us anytime!

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