Preventing Fungal Disease In Your Pet Reptile
Let's talk about preventing fungal disease in your pet reptile.
Fungal diseases in reptiles are often the result of lack of care or lack of knowledge by their owner. Pet owners don't want their pets to get sick, but they are often misinformed from the beginning. Many pet stores sell pets without fully informing customers about how much care goes into having a pet such as a reptile. This article discusses the severity of fungal diseases in reptiles and how an owner can prevent them.
First, it's important to know that many fungal diseases in reptiles are terminal. There are treatments for these diseases, but the best course of action is simply prevention. The first step of prevention is making sure your reptile has a clean home. Frequently clean your reptile's tank or cage. Remove uneaten food daily to help keep your pet's home cleaner. It is especially important to provide fresh water. Pets need clean water for drinking, soaking, and swimming in, depending on what species of reptile you have. Water can easily become dirty and form bacteria and fungus.
The next part of prevention is diet. Reptiles need a well balanced diet. It's difficult to say exactly what a well balanced diet is because reptile diets vary greatly. Some reptiles eat fruit, other commercial food, other eat live prey. Do research and find out what the best diet for your specific pet is. A well balanced diet may require a mix of fresh food, commercial pet food, and vitamins.
Your reptile's environment should also be the right temperature and humidity. Reptiles are cold-blooded and their bodies are greatly affected by their environment. Many reptiles require a warm basking area and an area that is a little bit cooler than their basking area. Certain reptiles like higher humidity levels while others like low humidity. Once again this depends on if you have a turtle, snake, lizard and their particular breed.
With a clean home at the right temperature and the proper diet a reptile can be very healthy and live a long life without any fungal diseases.
The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your veterinarian or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.