posted: Jun. 26, 2012.
As many of you reptile enthusiasts already know, good husbandry is the key to a healthy pet. Almost without fail, sick reptiles are presented to our hospital because the cage temperature is not correct, the food types are inadequate, there is little to no exposure to sunlight, the humdity is too high/low or combinations of these factors. And reptiles are slow to "bounce back" from their illnesses. Unlike dogs and cats, a sick reptile may take weeks to fully recover. This is truly a case of an "ounce of prevention exceeding the value of a pound of cure." Be sure to fully investigate the proper care of a reptile PRIOR to purchase. By the time a pet is sick, it may be too late.