Winter pet care tips for exotic pets
When it comes to seasonal changes, some pets adapt better than others. Reptiles such as lizards, snakes and tortoises, and some exotic birds, are gaining popularity as household pets. However, their natural habitats are often consistently much warmer than most of our seasons here in the U.S. This means that they require very specific types of
You can help to maintain adequate temperatures in your pets’ environment by installing a veterinarian-approved heat lamp. Adding extra substrate or bedding material will also give your pet more warmth, particularly if they like to burrow down. Some owners choose to completely cover their pet’s enclosure
When many exotic pets get too cold, their metabolism slows down. This means that they eat much less and can develop digestive issues. Some species, such as tortoises, will try to hibernate if it becomes too cold and dark. However, hibernation should only ever be intentional and duly prepared for.
Even exotic pets who are used to dry, humid environments can dehydrate surprisingly quickly. You can help to keep your pet healthy by ensuring that you give him a supply of fresh water every day and keep an eye on how much he is consuming. Keeping some bottled water in your home is advisable if bad weather may threaten your regular water supply. Some reptiles require regular soaks in warm water to help them stay healthy and hydrated around the year, but especially in the winter when heating dries out the air in your home.
It also pays to increase the amount of food you offer your exotic pet during the colder months. This is because your pet will be using calories to stay warm. However, just offering extra food doesn’t mean that your pet will eat it. Many pets, and reptiles
Many of us choose to burn candles or stoves in the winter to generate extra heat and light. However, the fumes and smoke emitted can be toxic to your pet, causing illness and even death. If you choose to light candles or stoves you should ensure that there are no pets present in the room. And don’t forget, you should never leave a burning flame unattended!
Unfortunately, winter weather can be somewhat unpredictable. Blackouts, loss of access to drinking water and damage caused by harsh conditions can be inconvenient for humans, but without an adequate
It is always beneficial to have a plan in mind for how you will care for your pet in the event of an emergency. Flashlights, emergency water supplies and a heavily insulated enclosure are just some of the basic provisions you should make.
Winter doesn’t have to be a difficult time for exotic pet owners. With the right preparation and care, your unique family member can be healthy, safe and warm even when the temperatures plummet.