Reptile Health Care

Reptile Health Care

Reptiles—snakes, turtles, iguanas, and lizards–are becoming increasingly popular as pets.  There are many types of reptiles available that come from varied environments.  Each has different nutritional and environmental needs.  Certain reptiles can live long, healthy lives as pets, but proper nutrition, care, and husbandry are essential. Before you purchase or acquire a reptile as a pet, please give us a call to find out about the particular type of reptile and their unique needs.  The most important thing you can do for your reptile is to bring your pet to Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital for an examination and consultation with us.  We will provide you with the basics about your pet’s wild lifestyle and ways to mimic that environment as closely as possible.

Just like other pets, reptiles need veterinary care too.  They need wellness care and veterinary care to diagnose and treat common diseases.  At Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital, our veterinarians have experience working with many types of reptiles, from small reptiles such as lizards to large reptiles such as tortoises.   Your pet reptile will receive the best care possible with at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital.

Why not call to schedule a wellness visit? We can perform a physical examination, answer any questions you may have about your pet, and discuss whether any changes in diet or at-home care are recommended to help ensure your pet’s health and longevity.

An Annual Exam is Recommended for Reptiles

All pets, including reptiles, should have an annual examination. This is the best way to catch diseases early, before your pet is showing any signs of illness.  These pets are masters at hiding illness, and once they are showing signs of illness they are usually very sick.  Early intervention is critical to the health of your reptile.  Remember, the most common health problems we see for reptiles are related to an inadequate diet and improper environment.

Following the Prescribed Diet for Your Particular Pet

Reptiles have special nutritional needs and we will discuss the right diet for your pet with you.  Diet is extremely important and attention is need so that your pet does not become malnutritioned or have a vitamin deficiency, which can lead to serious health issues in reptiles.

Is Your Pet Experiencing an Illness?

As soon as you detect that your reptile seems ill or does not seem “right”, please bring your pet to us as soon as possible for a thorough physical examination.  Early diagnosis means we can begin treating your pet when medical intervention is most effective and hopefully getting your reptile back to good health quickly.


We recommend consulting with our office prior to obtaining a reptile companion. We are experienced in treating these pets and can advise you about basic veterinary concerns such as health and wellness, maintenance, and long-term issues.  We look forward to meeting you and your reptile pet!