Are you leaving town for a while? If you have a reptile, you may find getting a pet sitter a bit tricky. Dogs and cats are very popular, and have lots of fans. Therefore, there are plenty of kennels available for them, as well as people who know how to care for them. Reptiles, however, are a bit different. A Scottsdale, AZ veterinarian offers tips on boarding your reptile below.

Reasons To Board

As you know, many reptiles don’t eat every day. In fact, some need only minimal everyday care, such as getting fresh water and spot-cleaning their habitat. However, they do all need fresh water on a daily basis. Most reptiles also have specific environmental requirements. While you may have your pet’s heating, lighting, and humidity levels automated, these things should definitely be monitored. There’s also the fact that most reptiles eat things generally referred to as creepy-crawlies. You may find that your siblings, friends, or neighbors aren’t exactly thrilled about giving your pet live bugs or frozen mice.

Choosing A Kennel

Some reptiles may need daily soakings or mistings, or may need medication administered. This is where having trained staff care for your pet is very beneficial. It’s worth noting that while some kennels may agree to take a reptile, it’s best to choose one that always accepts them. Not all kennels are experienced in reptile care!

Getting Prepared

With smaller reptiles, you may be able to bring your pet’s enclosure to the kennel. If moving the entire enclosure isn’t feasible, use a smaller travel tank. A large storage tote with holes cut into it for ventilation may be a good option for this. As far as what to pack, we request that you bring your pet’s food, as well as some spare substrate, medication, and/or light bulbs. Include a few extra days’ worth, just in case. It’s also a good idea to put any special instructions in writing.

Before Boarding

Before leaving town, have your pet checked out by a vet. This is actually required by many kennels. It’s important to be sure that your reptilian buddy is healthy and free of any parasites or diseases that it could potentially transmit to other pets. Ask your vet for more information.

Please reach out to us, your Scottsdale, AZ vet clinic, for all of your pet’s boarding or veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!