Helping Your Pet Reptile Shed

Reptiles can be very fun and intriguing little pets. Like our other animal companions, they do need some help with their beauty regimens. A local Dallas, GA vet discusses helping your pet reptile shed in this article.

Shedding Basics

Most animals shed, in one way or another. Dogs and cats shed fur, birds occasionally shed feathers, and we lose dead skin cells. Unlike other animals, reptiles shed by losing most or all of their skin at once. This, as you can understand, is a bit less comfortable than dropping a few dead hairs on the couch. You’ll need to make sure your pet has the right tools to help with their wardrobe change.

Warm Water

Have you ever picked up an old snakeskin? You may have noticed that it was quite dry. If your pet is too dry, his skin may not come off easily. This can cause big problems! Some reptiles will benefit from soaking in a bath of warm, shallow water. Just check with your vet, though, as bathing isn’t necessarily a good option for every exotic animal. Also, dry your pet off after, and put them under their heat lamp.

Shedding Aid

Did you know that there are lotions and moisturizers made just for reptiles? These can help condition and hydrate your reptile’s skin. Many can be sprayed on, which makes things quick and easy for you. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Exfoliating habitat décor

Does your skin sometimes get a bit itchy when it’s dry? The same thing happens to lizards and snakes. This is actually a good thing, as the itchiness encourages them to rub against things, which will help them remove more skin. Make sure that your little buddy’s enclosure has a ‘spa’ for them. This would be something like rough stones, branches, or a special hide box. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


Snakes shed their skins in one big piece, but this isn’t true for all reptiles. Iguanas, for example, shed in patches. Do some research, so you know what to expect. Your vet can also advise you. Also, keep an eye out for signs that something is wrong. If your pet isn’t shedding properly, contact your vet immediately. This can be indicative of health issues.

Please contact us, your Dallas, GA veterinary clinic, with any questions or concerns about reptile care. We’re here to help!

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