take good care of your pets. keep them warm and happy. feed them the right stuff. pet them and tell them how much you love them and how good they are. you are all this animal has. they love you and their life is in your hands. don’t take your pets for granted.
Any good reptile vet worth their salt would not say
‘As long as the lizards needs are met they would be fine on sand’
Impaction is always a risk no matter what, do not risk ur reptiles health for a 'natural’ look that isn’t even their natural habitat.
Keep ur reptiles on safe substrate like tile, paper towel, etc.
That is all.
went over to my buddies house and visited with his kids.
chroma is a rescue adoption, he has mbd and is missing part of his foot. today i showed his dad how to bath him and he really liked it. tepid at first but lots of splashing and scrubbing after.
nova is his little leo. she doesnt really like being handled but she is her dads diva lizard. she was getting fed when i came over.
About two-ish months ago, I made a complaint on the petco Facebook about how baby beardies and leopard geckos were on sand. They responded, took my information, and said they’d look into it. I figured I’d never hear from them again.
A few days after that, I got a call from the regional director for my local store, and we had a half hour chat about the research petco has done and how sand has no impact on the deaths on animals in stores, and how she had never heard of using tile for her own personal reptiles. I was upset with this finding, and told her, and how I would never be inclined to buy either from them if housed on sand (this was before I knew breeders were a thing, stick with me here, I’m learning) due to potential for future risks. She said she definitely understood, and would talk with the stores to get them off sand, because it is better to be safe than sorry. She asked about Archimedes, Deryn, and Winston, and was generally interested in how we had our 3 reptiles set up, just to learn. But I thought it was her just being nice, and never expected to see change.
Days passed. Weeks passed. Still nothing. Then, I walked in to get mice for Winston last week. And lo and behold, the leopards and beardies are on reptile carpet. I was so freaking happy. Seeing these animals on carpet can prevent them from being on sand in their future homes. It’s a big step.
It felt good to have a hand in this small change, and I encourage you to speak up and do the same. There is currently a petition to get RES’s out of petco and to have them support adoption instead. I’ll post a link later as I’m on my phone right now.