Reptiles and amphibians are often misunderstood animals. They require very specific environmental conditions and do not show emotions or signs of pain well. Catherine has a wealth of experience with keeping and treating a variety of reptile and amphibian species.
When it comes to the care of these animals husbandry is often pivotal, so we would ask that when you book an appointment you bring with you details of their environment such as temperatures, light provision(including brand of bulb and output), diet and supplements. This may include pictures of their set up.
Intestinal parasites are a frequent problem in many of these species. Where possible we would advise you bring a faecal sample with you to your first appointment. We like the sample to be as fresh as possible and can be brought in any clean tub, jar, pot or bag.
Most reptiles need to be kept warm at all times. This can be a problem on the journey to the vets. To help to keep them warm you can use hot water bottles, hand warmers, rubber gloves filled with hot water etc. On cold days it is also advisable to ensure the car is warmed up and temperatures kept up during the journey. If you require top ups for hot water bottles etc whilst in the practice please ask.