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Reptile Medications

There’s nothing worse than watching a loved one suffer with an illness, and since pets are family, it’s hard to watch them suffer with pain due to some type of ailment. When our pets get sick, we want to do everything in our power to get them better as quickly as possible, and the best way to do that is to keep some pet medications on hand just in case they get sick, and you’re not able to run out to a store or take them to a vet right away. We all know that dogs, cats, fish and birds get sick, but reptiles get sick, too, and there are many signs and symptoms to indicate a reptile is sick. You just have to know what to look for and act as quickly as possible. Be sure to never administer any medications to a pet without consulting a trained professional first. Zen Pet Supplies carries a number of reptile medications you can keep on hand just in case your pet starts to show signs of illness.
There are several common ailments that reptiles suffer from, and these show some distinct signs and symptoms. If you have a feeling your reptile is sick, ask yourself these questions: Are there any lateral folds, or are the normal folds for his species exaggerated in appearance or are there more of them? Is there a change in his skin color? Is the color of his skin dulling or darkening? Look for changes in his feeding habits. Has he lost his appetite and taking in less food than usual? Has his food preferences changed drastically and quickly? Are your reptiles choosing food with a higher water content, or is he eating more than usual? These could all be signs that something is wrong.

Also, look for changes in his solid and liquid waste. Is he urinating more or less often? Is his waste thicker and more viscous? Is fecal matter smaller, harder, drier or discolored? Do you see blood in his urine or feces? Is he defecating more or less often than usual? Behavioral changes are a major indication of illness. Does your pet appear lethargic; is he spending more time hiding in the cooler areas of his terrarium? Is he spending prolonged periods of time in his water bowl? Is he more active than usual at odd times of the day? Is he exhibiting prolonged periods of digging, scratching, or banging his head against hard surfaces? Do you notice increased amounts of tongue flicking when handled, or has he become unusually aggressive (at times NOT associated with breeding season)? Is he shedding erratically, and are sheds taking longer than usual? A number of physical signs will indicate illness. Does he have increased or thickened saliva? Is he limping or does he have swollen digits, tail, jaw, limbs, or spinal area? Does he seem to have loss of muscle tone and strength? Is he exhibiting tremors or shakiness? Is he unable to climb or have difficulty raising his body off the ground? Does he seem unsteady on his feet? Does he have lumps, bumps or bruised areas of his skin, and do you see any blisters or scabs? Thankfully, reptiles exhibit a number of signs and symptoms when they’re sick, and you have to give your pet a thorough inspection if he’s not behaving normally. Do some research online or ask an experienced reptile owner what you should do if you notice any of these symptoms. Zen Pet Supplies carries a number of reptile medications to treat many of the most common ailments. If your pet does not get better after administration of medications, please consult a veterinarian as soon as possible to prevent exacerbation of his illness, and please don’t administer any medications you’re not sure he needs.