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The Reptile Series provides information on a variety of herpetological species and how to take care of them: the right kind of housing, temperature, food, lights, and veterinarian. Turtles, snakes, iguanas, lizards, and geckos all have different needs from anything that was born wearing fur. Keeping a reptile happy and healthy isn't difficult, but it helps to have a resource you can trust. Melissa Kaplan, author of Iguanas for Dummies, wrote the Reptile Series for Veterinary Partner.

 Feeding Reptiles
 Reptile Basics
 Reptile Species
 Reptile Enclosures
 Iguana Care, Feeding, and Socialization

   
For Ultimate Pet Lovers Only
This week and next, we're pulling out some of the best "must know" information from our just-released books, "The Ultimate Dog Lover" and "The Ultimate Cat Lover." Each "must know" piece in the book has been developed with the help of one of the top experts in each area of expertise, and these experts are noted at the end of each tip. This week we look at dogs.

Green Iguanas and Other Family Pets
Iguanas often do well when housed with other iguanas. Iguanas generally do not like dogs. Larger iguanas may get along fine with cats once they are big enough to teach the cat some respect. Very small birds, such as finches, may view iguanas with some alarm. While rodents are unlikely to be considered as a form of sushi on the run by a properly fed and raised iguana, mice may be stressed out by an iguana. There are always exceptions to the rules.

Reptile Mites
Mites are close relatives of fleas and ticks, and can infest your reptiles. The best way to get rid of them is to never get them. Unfortunately, every time you visit a pet store, reptile expo, herp society meeting, or interact with an infested herp, you risk unwittingly transporting mites into your reptile area.

Selecting Your Veterinarian
You and your veterinarian are the mainstay of the team that will take care of your pet's health, so it's best if you find a veterinarian that you can work with.

Not if, but when
Never before have I been in a position to make end-of-life decisions for two pets at the same time. With a nearly 16-year-old Sheltie being treated for chronic kidney failure and a 7-year-old retriever in chemotherapy for a malignancy that turned up on her annual wellness check, you can well imagine that I spend a fair amount of time thinking that some hard decisions aren't that far away.

 
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VetzInsight: A Different Place to Learn
The same folks who provide Veterinary Partner also offer a blog called VetzInsight. Rather than explain what occurs in a disease process and how to treat it - which was Veterinary Partner offers - our goal is not only to inform on larger issues but to tap into the numerous emotions at play within the human-animal bond. We're here to learn and have fun. If you're interested in learning more about a broader look at veterinary medicine, the veterinarians, the clients, and the patients, VetzInsight is a great learning experience.

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