American Veterinary Hospital

2109 Tapo Street #3
Simi Valley, CA 93063

(805) 581-9111

Hours

Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am-3:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am-4:00pm

6 Key Benefits of Having Reptile Pets

Are you considering getting a new pet? A reptile could be a great match for you! Our scaled buddies actually have some wonderful qualities. Below, a Moorpark, CA vet lists some great benefits of having reptilian pets.

No Loud Noises

While cats, dogs, and birds can be quite vocal, reptiles are typically very quiet. Your pet won’t wake you up by singing, whining, or barking in the middle of the night!

No Fur

We can’t technically say you won’t have to deal with shedding, as many reptiles do shed their skins. However, you won’t find yourself constantly trying to get pet fur off your clothes and furniture.

Fresh Air

As long as you keep your reptilian pal’s cage clean, you won’t have to deal with foul odors or stinky litterboxes. That’s a definite plus!

No Damage

Another great thing about snakes and lizards? They won’t chew your shoes, eat your couch cushions, or dig holes in the carpet!

No Training Required

As you probably know, dogs need quite a bit of training to really become good, obedient pets. Cats tend to train their people, instead of it being the other way around, but that’s another topic. Reptiles, however, don’t need to learn how to be a good pet. You won’t have to worry about sending your snake to daycare or finding a professional trainer for your lizard.

Low Maintenance

Reptiles aren’t entirely self-sufficient: you’ll need to provide your pet with food; fresh water; a clean, comfortable cage; and regular veterinary care. However, many of our scaled pals don’t need as much daily care or attention as other animals do.

Tips

While there are certainly many pros to owning reptiles, they aren’t right for everyone. Many reptiles grow quite large, so you’ll need to make sure you can accommodate and care for your pet when he or she is fully grown. Food is another thing to consider: many reptiles eat things that are, well, not exactly appetizing. Finally, although reptiles are fascinating to watch, many of them are not exactly cuddly. Your snake probably won’t form a heart shape to greet you when you come home. Before adopting, do a little research and a lot of thinking, and ask your vet for advice.

Do you have questions about reptile care? We are here to help! Contact us, your local Moorpark, CA animal hospital, today!

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