Reptile emergency situations

Thinking about the worst things that could happen isn’t fun, but I think it’s important to be prepared for everything. Even for things that’ll probably (and hopefully) never happen. You just never know, and when something does happen, you’ll be glad you have a plan.

In this post, I explain how I’ve prepared for different situations.

Emergency evacuation
Setting up an emergency evacutation plan can save your reptile.
I have a small plastic enclosure (with holes in the side) that I can use to take my leopard gecko to the vet. But it’s also useful to have one in case of an emergency where you have to leave the house.
In there I keep some reptile heat packs, paper towel and a hide. You could also keep a water bottle in there.

Must-have items:
1. A transport container for your reptile
2. A heat source
3. Some form of substrate like paper towel
4. Bottled water
5. A hide

Having an emergency kit ready to go, could really make a difference.

Power outage
Power outage is something that has a high chance of happening, so you have to be prepared for this.
A must-have are reptile heat packs. These are inexpensive and easy to come by. You could also use handwarmers in this situation.

Reptile heat packs ↑

Unexpected costs
This is how I prepare for it:
I have an enveloppe in my geckos folder where I put some cash in every month. That way when something happens and we suddenly have to go to the vet or if something breaks, I always have money on hand.
Putting some money aside every month is a great way to always be prepaird for unexpected cost and I canot recommend this enough.

Broken heat mat
Firstly, you should have a back-up heat mat. I have one, that I’ve already needed to use, so I’m very glad I got that.

This is a situation where a pet fund comes in handy. That’s why it’s important to have some money put aside.

If you don’t have a back-up, I would advise to use some reptile heat packs when your heat mat malfunctions, and order a new heat mat right away. This is another example of a situation where reptile heat packs will be useful.

If your gecko is injured, take them to an exotic vet immediately.
Keep the number and adress of your vet in your phone so you don’t have to look their phone number/adress in an emergency.
Also have a ‘back-up’ vet just in case.

Planning in advance for these situations could save you a lot of trouble and can even save your reptile’s life.

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