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Animal Care Hospital

1146 Blairs Ferry Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Walking a Pet Reptile

June 15 2021

Do you have a lizard for a pet? Bearded dragons, drakes, geckos, and other reptiles are becoming quite popular. While these guys aren’t usually quite as charismatic as dogs and cats, they do have their own personalities, and can bond quite closely with their humans. You may have noticed that some even seem to enjoy going places with their humans. Should you walk your pet lizard? Read some tips on this from your Cedar Rapids, IA veterinarian below. 


Benefits

There are some definite pluses to walking a reptile. Your little buddy will benefit from the exercise and stimulation, just as a dog or even a brave cat would. Plus, your pet will be exposed to natural sunlight, which is also good for him. And, if your tiny dinosaur likes being walked, it will just help keep him happy, and make him feel loved and cared for.


Drawbacks

On the flip side, there are a few things to be concerned about. You’ll need to be very careful about where you take your scaled friend. Don’t go anywhere that he could run into dogs or cats. Pay attention to the terrain, and avoid broken glass, grates, and other hazards. Finally, don’t let your pet eat wild insects. Unlike store-bought ones, they could be carrying dangerous diseases.


Things To Consider

There are a few things you’ll need to consider before deciding whether or not to take your reptile out. While it’s best to start harness training lizards while they are young, baby lizards are quite fragile, and should be kept close to home. Your pet’s personality is also something to think about. Not all reptiles want to venture out! You’ll need to pay close attention to your little dinosaur’s reactions. Ask your veterinarian for more information.


Tips

If all signs point to Go , you’ll need to start by finding a suitable harness. If you have a bearded dragon or gecko, you may be able to find gear made just for them. A ferret leash may also work with some pets. If your pet has a dorsal spike, he or she may need a custom harness. Start by letting them wear it for a few minutes at a time indoors. Slowly incorporate the leash. Make sure your pet is comfortable before you try going outside.


Do you have questions about reptile care? Contact me, your Cedar Rapids, IA veterinarian, today!

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