Deciding on a new pet is always a big decision, and exotics sometimes require even more thought as they don't simply fit into mammal-friendly surroundings. 

The basics

Owning and caring for a dog or cat is very differently to looking after reptiles. Whilst cats and dogs will happily live in our environment, reptiles may require you to re-produce a little bit of The Mississippi Basin or the Australian Outback in your reptile room. What’s more, as a reptile’s health is dependent upon their environment it's important to get it right.

If you're interested in owning one of the wonderful, colourful, exciting species of exotic pets, make sure you learn as much as you possibly can about your species of choice.

Ask yourself, is this pet right for me? 

Be aware of the space and equipment which will be required and research (or ask us) how easy is this pet to keep, feed, clean and medicate. Also find out what they eat, and where you can to source the food, ensuring it's available all year round. Look into what sorts of things can commonly go wrong with this pet and whether the particular species you're considering, is covered by insurance companies. 

Once you’ve decided on a species

We always say that it's a good idea to prepare your pet’s new home two weeks in advance. Keep an eye on the temperature and humidity levels to ensure they are correct, both during the day and at night. We recommend that you don’t use second-hand cages, tanks or pet furniture, and ONLY buy exotic pets from a specialist. Also be sure to ask for any required certification to be included when you pick your new pet up.

Getting your pet home

This is the exciting part! You have collected your new exotic pet, and are ready to show them their new home! The first thing to do is ensure you have the facility to get your new pet home where they will be kept at a comfortable temperature and are not too stressed.  If you own other exotic pets, keep your new pet separated by at least two doors, so they have separate air spaces.  Never share equipment or implements between these pets and always wash your hands between handling. 

Be adaptable as well, and if things aren’t going well, you can always call us for advice! 

If you want to find out more about the wonderful world of owning exotic pets, please get in touch and we can arrange for a chat with our exotic loving vets Carrie and Emma. 

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