May 25, 2017 0

Are you looking to get a lizard, snake, turtle, frog, or other kind of reptile? Owning reptiles and amphibians is a big commitment, and taking care of them requires lots of care and knowledge of the species. While it is a very rewarding experience, it is very important that you maintain the health of both you and your pet reptile.

The first thing that you must do to keep your reptile healthy is by keeping its tank or enclosure clean. Your reptile’s living space must be clean and regularly maintained to make sure that it is a safe and healthy environment for them. This will also ensure that you keep your home clean and odor-free.

Determine A Schedule

Depending on the size and habits of your reptile, you may have to clean its habitat more thoroughly or more often. For example, a snake typically requires less cleaning, while a large iguana would need more work. Be sure to keep an eye on your pet’s habitat every day, checking to remove spills, leftover food, feces or shed skin. You will need to conduct a full cleaning of the habitat, including disinfecting, once a week.

Cleaning Habitat Accessories

If you choose to include decorations in your reptile’s cage – such as rocks, branches, and sand – these items should be cleaned thoroughly. Rocks can be cleaned by boiling them in water for 30 minutes. Before introducing sand into the environment, rinse it with water, and then heat it in an oven at 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Branches should also be cleaned and then heated in the oven, just like the sand.

Cleaning the Cage or Habitat

Before you begin cleaning your reptile’s habitat, make sure that you have a plan and all of the items you will need. This should include a clean second cage, buckets, terrarium cleaner, sponges, brushes, rubber gloves and goggles, and soap or dishwashing detergent.


  1. Remove the decorations and accessories from the habitat or cage
  2. Wash, rinse, and disinfect the bowls of food and water
  3. Discard of any disposable substrate
  4. Wash all surfaces, decorations, and non-disposable substrate with soap and hot water. Scrub with brushes, and rinse well.
  5. Use a herp-safe terrarium cleaner and brush to loosen any tough spots in the habitat or cage
  6. Use disinfectant on the cage and decorations. Afterwards, rinse the cage and all items with hot water until all residue is removed.
  7. Dry the habitat or cage completely
  8. Reassemble the habitat, and replace any decorations that do not easily dry (such as wood branches)
  9. If bathing is recommended for your reptile, give your pet a bath before placing him or her back into the newly cleaned habitat
  10. Clean and disinfect all equipment that you used, including the buckets and sink
  11. Lastly, wash your hands with hot water and soap.


Since reptiles are susceptible to skin and bacterial infections, it is very important that you take extra care when cleaning their living spaces. If you are looking for a veterinarian in Anaheim that is knowledgeable of reptiles, look no further. Dr. Lopez at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center is experienced in treating a variety of herps, and will take good care of your beloved pet.


May 16, 2017 0

Our pets bring happiness and joy into our lives every day. We all know of the perks that come with owning a pet, including the emotional support and physical health benefits they provide us. But unfortunately, some of us just can’t enjoy spending time with furry friends without facing a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, or rashes.

If you’re allergic to animals, know that you aren’t alone. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 3 in 10 people have allergies to dogs and cats.  A common misconception is that pet hair is the main cause of allergic reactions, which is untrue. Allergies are triggered by dander (dead skin cells), saliva, and pet urine. Some of the annoying reactions you might get include mild irritations such as sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, or skin rashes.

So what can you do if you are allergic to furry animals?

We know – it’s tough being an animal lover who is allergic to animals. If you have only mild allergic reactions to animals, and they are not life-threatening, there are a few things that you can do to ease your symptoms.

1. Keep Your House Clean

The first thing you can do to alleviate your allergy symptoms is keep your home clean. Wipe down surfaces, wash your clothing, and vacuum or mop the floors regularly. These can collect dust, pet hair, and other particles that might be causing your allergies.

2. Use Air Filters (HEPA)

Invest in a High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter, or HEPA air cleaner, for your home. These can improve the air quality in your rooms by removing allergenic particles, relieving you of your allergy symptoms.

3. Have an Animal-Free Zone

Ideally, this zone would be your bedroom. Keeping your furry friends out of your bedroom will let you sleep peacefully, without the threat of allergic reactions. You’ll also want to create animal-friendly zones in your house as well, where your pet can roam around and play to his heart’s content.

4. Remove Carpets & Rugs

Rugs and carpets can often trap the allergenic particles that cause your symptoms. While vacuuming seems effective, it can stir up the allergens that got stuck to the carpeting and worsen your allergies. You may find it more convenient in the long run to simply remove the carpets and rugs, and replace them with hardwood floors or tiles instead. These are easier to clean, and they do not trap dust and pet hair like carpets do.

5. Over-the-counter Medication

If you have mild allergies, you are probably already familiar with antihistamines. This over-the-counter medication can relieve mild symptoms, allowing you to play with your pets without worrying about allergic reactions.

6. Allergy Shots

If you have more severe allergies and plan to have furry pets for a long time, you may want to consider allergy shots. While it takes a while for allergy shots to fully take effect, it is the most effective way to get rid of your allergies in the long run.

7. Adopt A Fur-less Animal

Lastly, if you are an animal lover looking to open up your home to a new pet, consider adopting an animal without fur. Some of your options are fish, turtles, bearded dragons, geckos, and more fur-less and featherless animals.


April 15, 2017 0

Rabbits are some of the cutest and friendliest creatures that you can own as a household pet. Many people who live in Anaheim have opened up their homes to rabbits, primarily because they are a good option for people who don’t have the resources or space to have a dog or cat. Rabbits are known for their fun personalities which makes them great companions.

The furry little guys are extremely entertaining and fun-loving. They are very social, so they will want you to spend time with them! On top of that, rabbits can live anywhere between 10-12 years – with the proper care of course. This is especially wonderful, because studies have shown that petting a rabbit can significantly reduce stress levels. Other benefits include small living spaces and fairly low maintenance.

On that note, if you are thinking of adopting a pet bunny, it is important to consider that:

They Are A Financial Responsibility

Owning any kind of pet comes with a financial responsibility. Initial fees include the adoption fee which are usually inexpensive.  Additional costs include housing, food, and supplies to bunny-proof your home.  On-going costs include food, litter, and visits to the veterinarian. It also is very important that you invest in getting your bunny spayed or neutered.

They Are Social Animals

They don’t like to be alone. They love spending time with you, but you will have to make time for them every day. Since they are social creatures, rabbits will tend to get into trouble if they are not entertained.

They Don’t Like Change

Rabbits get stressed out when they travel or are placed in an unfamiliar environment. If you plan to travel often, you may have to consider getting a pet sitter. Airlines do not often allow rabbits to fly in-cabin. If you travel often, getting a rabbit may not be the best option for you.

They Don’t Just Eat Carrots

Contrary to popular belief, rabbits cannot live solely on carrots. These colorful vegetables are very sweet, and should be given to your pet rabbits as an occasional treat. For regular meals, rabbits should be fed fresh hay and salads.

They Will Chew

If you plan to keep your rabbit inside the house, be aware that they will chew on anything that they can get their paws on. Investing the time to bunny-proof your home is necessary to prevent any accidents with electrical wires and furniture.

When you start thinking about adopting a bunny, consider both the benefits of having one as a pet, but be sure that you’re able to take care of one before bringing him or her home. Many rabbits have been abandoned, and are constantly searching for loving homes.

Every year after Easter, animal shelters find themselves with an overwhelming amount of abandoned rabbits that were meant to be gifts. For that reason, the decision to bring any kind of pet into your life is very important. They are delightful little creatures.

For more information on caring for rabbits, contact Dr. Lopez at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center. As a leading veterinarian in Anaheim, Dr. Lopez provides excellent care to all kinds of exotic animals.



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