With Reptiles becoming more popular as pets, and with all the plans of adding new animals to the home, I thought that this would be the perfect time to remind everyone about why quarantining new additions is so important!
HOW DO I QUARANTINE?
1. Keep it simple! Set up an easy-to-clean, sterile enclosure for your new pet. Paper towel substrate and decorations that are easy to clean/change is the best way to go.
2. Once your new pet is set up, put them in a low traffic location in your home that will provide the least amount of disturbances.
3. Remember! Try to have this enclosure away from the rest of your pets to avoid cross contamination.
4. If you have other geckos, always be sure to wash your hands thoroughly once you are finished cleaning the tank, cleaning furnishings, replacing paper towel, or if you’ve had to touch/hold the new gecko to remove it from the enclosure for cleaning. It is important to always wash hands when touching a quarantined animal to ensure nothing is passed onto any of your other geckos.
5. After the 60 days is over, and there are no health issues, you can then feel free to move your pet into an elaborate, decorated enclosure with a different substrate. As well as move it into the room with your other reptiles if you happen to have a ‘reptile room’.
6. DO NOT JUST PUT YOUR NEW GECKO INTO AN ENCLOSURE WITH OTHER GECKOS. If you do not have the room to set up a second enclosure, do not buy a new pet.
Written by: Heather Jodoin Foucault