Are you worried that you might have a sick ackie monitor? Do you want to learn about potential diseases and conditions that may affect your pet? Welcome to ReptiFiles’ table of contents for all things pertaining to ackie monitor health.
Signs of a healthy ackie monitor:
- Clear eyes
- Robust, muscular body
- Plump, rounded (but not overstuffed) tail
- Straight spine and limbs
- Firm, dark poo with a small white urate
- Eats regularly
- Breathes with mouth closed
- Moves freely and easily
- Overall active, alert, and curious
How to monitor your ackie’s health:
In the wild, a sick or weakened reptile is a target for predators, so they have become experts at pretending to be well. They do the same thing as pets. This means that you need be extra diligent in order to notice changes in your ackie that may indicate illness.
- Weigh your ackie monitor regularly – sudden weight loss often indicates illness.
- Keep a record of weight, feeding habits, defecation, shedding, behavior, etc.
- Prepare a reptile first-aid kit so you won’t be left scrambling if your pet becomes sick or injured.
- Schedule annual wellness checks with an experienced reptile veterinarian.
Prevention is the best way to combat health problems. Most health issues in reptiles can be traced to something off about their husbandry, so make sure to follow the parameters set forth in this guide.
Disclaimer: I am not a reptile veterinarian nor a reptile health expert. This guide to ackie monitor diseases and general health topics is to be used as a set of guidelines, not professional medical advice. If you have an emergency, call your vet ASAP.
Ackie Monitor Diseases & Other Health Topics:
Ackie Monitor Care Guide:
- Introduction to Ackie Monitors
- Varanus acanthurus Subspecies
- Shopping List: Supplies You Will Need
- How to Select and Buy a Pet Ackie Monitor
- Enclosure Size & Roommates
- Lighting & UVB Requirements
- Heating Requirements
- Humidity Requirements
- Substrate Options
- Environmental Enrichment: Decorating the Enclosure
- Feeding Your Ackie Monitor
- Handling Tips & Behavioral Notes
- General Health Guide
- Additional Resources