TheGeckoTree

Health, Colour, Structure 

Quarantine 

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!

WHY QUARANTINE?

  1. Whether it is a trusted reputable breeder, or someone you are not very familiar with, keep your new animal separate from the rest of your animals to avoid any transmission of unwanted parasites!
  2. Your animal is in a brand new home. This means; new smells, new sounds, new enclosure, new people, new routines, new hiding places, new EVERYTHING! Your animal needs time to settle in and get used to this change without being pestered by tank mates, and without being pestered by the new owner. (Which means you! We realize it is VERY difficult to not be able hold your incredible new pet, but trust me, this is the best thing you can do for your pet.)
  3. Always feed/mist/clean your newest addition last! If you cannot do this, make sure to wash your hands well before tending to the rest of your collection. When you are cleaning furnishings for your new addition, remember to clean them separately from the furnishings that belong to your other animals.
  4. All new pets should be quarantined for at least 60 days. After this, your new pet should be eating, pooping, and shedding regularly.
  5. Give your new pet 7-10 days without any handling. Mist, change the food/water dish, and pick up after feces but don’t you even think about giving your new pet a snuggle just yet! Giving them enough time to settle in is crucial for a new animal. A stressed out animal can/will be reluctant to eat. Please wait until your gecko is eating regularly before you decide to hold it. ive your new pet 7-10 days without any handling. Mist, change the food/water dish, and pick up after feces but don’t you even think about giving your new pet a snuggle just yet! Giving them enough time to settle in is crucial for a new animal.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

    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