Here we are just a few days out from Christmas. Are you done with all your shopping yet? We’ve gotten the kids stuff just about done, err I mean Santa is just about done. I hope your holiday season is going smoothly as well.
Thank god I am finally starting to feel better. I’ve had an ongoing cold/flu bug for the past month that turned into walking pneumonia over the past week. Rachel finally got me to go to the doc, so you can only imagine how many meds I’m taking! I still have a lingering cough though, which I hope clears up real soon because ice fishing season has begun early this year and I got the itch!
Speaking of colds and coughs, this time of year it is really important to monitor your animals. With the season changing and things getting a lot colder make sure you pay attention to your reptiles. They can easily come down with something like a respiratory infection of other illness. It seems the stress from the change increases the chances of something going awry. I know with the collection we have it is inevitable that one of our snakes needs to go to a vet at some point between October and Dec. It never fails. Last year it was a pied male we have and this year it was one of my breeder pastel females. Both of which are doing fine.
That is why it is so important to be “one” with your collection. Check them often, get to know their behavior, no matter how big your collection grows. With the amount of animals we have right now, I know each and everyone real well and can spot when somethings off with just a glance over of the animal.
For the past few weeks I have been meaning to talk about this because of how sick I got. I just am now finally getting back into the grove. Just make sure if you come across something you don’t like or something is out of place to bring your animal to a qualified reptile vet. You’d be amazed at how resilient your animal is and how fast it too will recover.
One other tip, at the first sign of a problem, a little bump in their hot spot temperature goes a long way.
If I don’t get another blog post in before Christmas, Have a Merry Christmas!