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Pet Health - Reptile Medicine

There are certain things you can do to keep your pet happy and avoid reptile medicine. However, there are many critter medications for your pet that will be wise choices for your reptiliansí first aid medicine kit. We will cover a bit of that here so letís go...

First I will say that there are certain things you can do that will keep your pet in optimal health while in captivity. You should try to mimic the lizards, snakes, turtles or whatever pet you have, natural habitat.

You should know and provide the correct temperature, humidity level, landscape, and the proper light requirement. The fact that you need ideal nutrition just is a given.

You can design your petís home habitat or buy some of the habitats that are pre-designed to meet the specific needs of your pet species. Just be sure to educate yourself on what those needs are and you will be much more likely to save money on pet medicine and vet bills.

However, you will want to consider having your reptile checked at least yearly by a veterinarian and you should ask the vet to include stool check for parasites. A thorough exam and health care program should be started no matter what your pet's age.

A common health check up should include:
* stool (fecal) exam
* blood screening

Make sure to keep a journal of your pet lizard's or other reptile's growth information such as weight and length. Keep notes on food that was refused and how often you feed. Be sure to keep track of time period between shedding of skin and probably a good idea to note that bathroom breaks are on a schedule.

You might think all this information is unnecessary but consider the fact that reptiles will hide any signs of illness for as long as possible. this is a natural survival skill. So the information you keep will be very helpful for a vet.

You might try home treatment and by the time you have noticed illness it can often be almost too late to get them treatment. Once you notice any change in normal behavior or symptoms that seem to be an illness check all the living conditions for problems.

Take note of what you have been feeding lately and from where and decide if the critter is looking poor enough to go to a professional or to treat at home with medicine you have acquired for your pet's first aid kit.

You should keep in mind, that a lot and nearly all medical problems of pet reptiles are traced back to management and housing.  Often they are nutritional deficiencies, sometimes they are skin conditions, and you can sometimes have parasitic problems but less likely with a routine vet visit.

Now that you are armed with some preventative information and such here are some basics on over the counter reptile medication for home treatment.

- Eye Disease caused by a bacterial infection might be treated with something like:

* Reptile Eye Rinse

- Something that kills mites and ticks on reptile and surroundings like:
* Pet Shampoo for reptiles or powder

- reptile need proper moisture and lubrication to shed so keep something like:
* a shed away product

- reptiles can be stressed when being de-wormed or after an antibiotic treatment or just an upset stomach then you would need to provide:

* a concentrated live culture of common bacteria found in the intestinal tracts reptiles usually found as a gel

- another important item might be a wound dressing or powder

Keeping your per in optimal condition is going to be your best medicine cabinet but like with humans we sometimes need an extra hand.

Stock your pet's first aid kit with supplies that match the needs of the species. A reptile medicine cabinet is the next best thing to a healthy habitat and a good vet.

 
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