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Boarding Your Reptile for the First Time

What should you expect when boarding your reptile for the first time? That is a pretty broad question, but there are a few things to take care of prior to leaving your pet. Doing your homework ahead of time will make the process go much more smoothly.

First, how long will you be gone? You will need to know this before you set out to allow a boarder time to prepare for your pet. If you will have an extended stay, make sure to let the boarder know so they will be able to provide your pet all she needs while she is with them. Ask which supplies you will need to provide and take them with you on the day you leave your pet there.

Make sure you can get your reptile to the boarder on your own and if not, have someone who will be willing to help you. This shouldn’t be a problem if you have a couple of small turtles or a frog in a terrarium, but if you have a larger lizard or snake, it could take some real manpower to get him to the boarder. If you cannot find someone to help you, ask the boarder if they can help. There may be a fee, but if it gets the job done and everyone is still healthy afterward, it was worth the extra. You may need a special enclosure to get them there, but sometimes a linen bag with a strong tie will do.

Remember that stress is a big factor in the overall health of your animal and they read your stress. The day you are planning to leave may not be the day to take your animal to the boarder. Consider taking her one or two days before your departure to allow you more time and less stress in getting them there. A stressed animal will not eat and is more prone to illness. If you do take your pet in early, check with your boarder to see if they would mind you dropping by once or twice to ensure that your reptile is happy in his temporary environment and to give you a chance to visit with them before you go.

Have copies of health certificates with you when you arrive. Have on hand your contact information during your travels, the name and contact information for your veterinarian and the information for someone you trust who may be required to make decisions for your pet if you cannot be reached. Do not forget this step. It is key in making sure your wishes will be carried out if your reptile becomes sick or injured.

Call regularly while you are gone to check on your pet. It will be good for you to hear from the staff that your loved one is doing well. And, if she is not doing well, talking to you may be the resource the staff needs to help your pet adjust.

Loving your pet enough to provide good care for her at all times is imperative in the owner/pet relationship. Love your pet enough to know all you need to about boarding your reptile for the first time.

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