El Paseo Animal Hospital

Exotic Pet Care in Palm Desert, CA

As a reptile pet owner, there are several crucial things to know to ensure the well-being and proper care of your reptilian companion.

Caring For Exotic Pets

Here are the top 5 things to keep in mind:

  • Habitat and Environmental Needs: Understanding the specific habitat requirements of your reptile is essential. Research and provide an appropriate enclosure size, temperature gradient, humidity levels, lighting (UVB and heat), and substrate. Create a suitable environment that mimics their natural habitat to promote their health and overall comfort.
  • Diet and Nutrition: Each reptile species has unique dietary needs, including specific food items and feeding schedules. Learn about the proper diet for your reptile and ensure a balanced and nutritious intake. Offer a variety of prey items, vegetables, fruits, and supplements if necessary. Adequate hydration is also crucial, so provide a clean water source and ensure proper hydration for your reptile.
  • Handling and Socialization: Reptiles have different temperaments and handling requirements. Understand the proper techniques for handling your reptile to avoid stress or injury to both you and the reptile. Additionally, research whether your reptile species benefits from socialization or if they prefer a more solitary lifestyle.
  • Health Monitoring and Veterinary Care: Regular health monitoring is crucial for reptiles. Be familiar with the signs of good health and common health issues specific to your reptile species. Find a reptile-experienced veterinarian who can provide routine check-ups and address any health concerns promptly. Regular veterinary visits and preventive care, such as parasite control and vaccinations (if applicable), are important for the well-being of your reptile.
  • Environmental Enrichment: Reptiles, like all animals, benefit from environmental enrichment. Provide them with appropriate hiding spots, climbing structures, basking areas, and objects for exploration and mental stimulation. Enrichment activities help prevent boredom, promote natural behaviors, and enhance the overall well-being of your reptile.

Remember, reptile care requires thorough research and commitment. Understanding the unique needs of your reptile, providing appropriate housing, nutrition, and environmental enrichment, and seeking veterinary care when needed are essential for ensuring a happy and healthy life for your scaly friend.


Drawing and analyzing a sample of your pet’s blood helps us search for infections, anemia, and other age-related conditions that can include diabetes, kidney disease or kidney failure, liver disease, and more.


Many early warning signs of disease, infection, and illness can show up in your pet’s urine. Urinalysis allows us to get an overall indication of your pet’s health while also offering us the chance to catch any potential problems with their digestive system, urinary tract, and other bodily systems.

Diagnostic Imaging

Many of the health-related issues that senior pets experience, such as arthritis or organ failure, can occur below the surface. That’s why we sometimes rely on diagnostic imaging to see inside your senior pet’s body and look for signs of potential issues. If we believe that diagnostic imaging is necessary to pinpoint the cause of a problem your pet is experiencing, we’ll always discuss with you first before proceeding with this non-invasive process.

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