AS OF JANUARY 8, 2021
Due to the increased cases in Bexar county to better protect our employees and clients we will be returning to CURBSIDE ONLY service.
While we have loved being able to see you all in person over the last few months the health of our employees and clients is a top priority for us as well.
This being said:
1. To protect everyone we request that if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms associated with the COVID-19 to remain at home and do not bring your pet in.
2. We are asking owners not to enter the building to minimize contact distances. Please wear your masks when an employee comes out to get your pet or bring medication to your car.
3. When you arrive for your appointment please call the clinic at 210-804-2000 to let our reception staff know you have arrived and your vehicle type.
You will then be checked in and the veterinary technicians will be notified of your arrival and vehicle type. Please remain in your vehicle and a friendly staff member will be out momentarily to get your pet.
We appreciate your understanding as we strive to offer you amazing service while minimizing any potential risk involved.
We also are having higher than normal call volumes and we appreciate your patience during this all.
We are closely monitoring the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and local authorities regarding the spread of the virus to ensure that the actions that we are taking are comprehensive and appropriate.
Thank you for all your patience and understanding through this all.
Alamo Hills Animal Hospital Staff
People with limited living quarters may find that reptiles such as lizards or turtles fit perfectly into their lifestyles. Before deciding on a reptile, learn as much as possible about them and their needs. Poisonous snakes and certain reptiles should never be kept as pets. Ask your veterinarian about the suitability of a particular animal before you make your decision. There are many things to consider before committing to a reptile as a pet.
Finding out if a Pet is Legal Where You Live Many areas have enacted laws pertaining to keeping reptiles. Some are general and some are quite specific; in many places any reptiles that are considered dangerous (venomous snakes, alligators, etc.) are illegal but some places are even more restrictive (for example, in some states all consticting snakes including ball pythons are illegal).
Salmonella Risks and Prevention All reptile owners need to be informed about Salmonella infections. While the risks shouldn't keep most people from keeping reptiles since with the proper management the risks are minimal. Still, owners should be aware of the risks, and the US Centers for Disease Control recommends that certain risk groups should be careful about contact with reptiles and amphibians.
The Importance of Light and Heat Many problems with keeping reptiles can be traced back to not providing the proper environmental conditions, particularly heat. Proper lighting is also important for many reptiles. The equipment to provide the proper heat and light to captive reptiles is often quite expensive, but is absolutely essential to keeping pet reptiles healthy. It is important to find out exactly what conditions your reptile needs and never cut corners when it comes to meeting those conditions!
Why Choose Captive Bred Reptiles There are numerous reasons why you should pick a captive bred reptile if at all possible, as explained here.
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While there are many types of reptiles that could be good pets, here we cover a few you could consider.