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Small Animal Facts, Questions and Medical Tips: Pet Owner Blog

Hi, my name is Darma. I love rodents. I have a ferret, two guinea pigs, several rescued feeder rats and a hedgehog. I am an extremely conscientious pet owner, and I know how hard it can be to find medical tips on small animals. In some cases, it can even be challenging to find vet care for them. In this blog, I am going to write about everything I have learned in my decades of being a small pet owner. I am going to write about cleaning, nursing, feeding and taking care of small pets. I am also going to write about finding the right medical treatment for them and knowing when to seek help. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy my blog.

Small Animal Facts, Questions and Medical Tips: Pet Owner Blog

Top Reasons To Take Your New Snake To The Veterinary Clinic

Timmothy Ortiz

Are you considering getting a pet snake? Are you wondering what kind of care your new friend will be needing? Whether you're still in the decision phase, or you just brought your new reptile home, here are some reasons you should take your snake to a veterinarian clinic like Calgary Trail Pet Hospital:

Initial checkup: If you just acquired the snake, your vet will want to give your new pet a thorough exam in order to assess its health and make sure that it doesn't have any underlying issues. Among other things, the vet will check for external parasites such as ticks or mites in order to prevent them from feeding on your snake's blood. Having the vet carefully inspect your snake's skin could prevent it from developing anemia from loss of blood. The veterinarian will also check for pinworm, hookworm, or roundworm infestation by examining a fecal sample. Your snake may seem perfectly healthy at first, but internal parasites can cause poor appetite, vomiting, and weight loss. 

Shedding difficulties: During a healthy shedding, the old skin should come off in one piece. If your snake sheds in patches and pieces, it could be a sign of physical stress, environmental problems or illnesses that need a veterinarian's attention. If your snake's shed is complete, but its eyecaps are retained, your vet can gently loosen and remove them from your snake. Your vet can also help you to understand your snake's shed cycle. Although it varies by breed, younger snakes generally shed every few weeks due to growing. If your snake doesn't shed at the same rate as others in its breed, then that could be a sign that it needs a trip to the veterinarian clinic. The veterinarian clinic can give you an approximation of your snake's shedding schedule so you can know if your snake's growth rate is normal. If it's abnormal, they'll be able to help you correct it to a healthy one again.

Changes in appearance: Your snake should have uniform colors along its body, with a shiny surface and no bruise marks. Dehydration can alter your snake's appearance by causing sunken eyes and dry, wrinkled skin. Although your snake may change colors prior to a shed, your veterinarian can explain when this is normal or if it's a sign of a systemic infection. You should check for marks that are a sign your snake was burned by touching exposed heating elements. Burns can easily become infected with bacteria, so they need to be treated right away. Fungus spores on their skin needs prompt evaluation so that the fungus doesn't compromise their immune system. When healthy, your snake's body should look full with no concave areas.