Physical and Mental Stimulation

Physical and Mental Stimulation

Daily Exercise

Just as with humans, herptiles need daily activity to remain healthy. For amphibians and some reptiles, this means swimming. For terrestrial animals, physical activity includes climbing and hunting. Your pet’s enclosure should allow it enough space to move around comfortably. Including branches, perches, shelves and/or caves allow herptiles to do what comes naturally to them. Depending on the species, your pet may be more or less active immediately after eating. Learn more about your specific choice to understand the level of activity that is normal.

Lethargy in any animal can be sign of illness or stress. If you observe lethargy, contact your veterinarian. In some cases, reptiles may become a little more lethargic right before they shed their skins.

Mental Stimulation

Different animals in the reptile family have varying needs for socializing and contact. But nearly every animal benefits from daily mental stimulation. This can be accomplished through contact with other animals or humans. It can also be created by providing the space for your pet to climb, burrow or swim. Herptiles like watching the world around them. With a glassed enclosed area at about chest height, your pet can watch activities in the room. Many owners place their cages or enclosures with a view out a window to provide visual stimulation when their pets are home alone. Plan on spending some time engaging with your pet every day for its physical and mental well-being, as well as to keep tabs on its health.

We schedule a full 30-minute appointment for most of our exams. This allows ample time to discuss your concerns with our doctors and to provide your pet with a full extensive exam. If you phone us with questions, our staff members are happy to assist you. If additional information is needed, a doctor will make every effort to call you back the same day.

We provide expert medical and surgical care should your pet become ill or injured. We offer a full range of quality animal care with specialized diagnostic and treatment modalities. We also provide consultations with board certified specialists.

Our Locations

Total Care Veterinary Hospital

633 Greensboro Road
High Point, NC 27260
Phone: (336) 841-8877
Fax: (336) 841-737

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunday: Closed

Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital

1578 Skeet Club Rd.
High Point, NC 27265
Phone: (336) 886-2315
Fax: (336) 886-2386

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday, Saturday: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday: Closed