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Do you let your exotic pets outdoors? (8 replies)

Dave Baker
3 years ago
Dave Baker 3 years ago

We're in the throes of summer, and that means all kinds of dangers for exotic pets. How do you deal with pesticides, containment and the heat with your exotic pet?


Melissa Smith
3 years ago
Melissa Smith 3 years ago

While I don't have any exotic pets, I can say that I try to be aware of pesticides for all animals' sake. I use a mixture with white vinegar and a few drops of dish soap, to make a non-lethal form of weed killer that is safe for animals but gets rid of weeds. It works pretty well, but I have to apply it often otherwise those weeds just sprout right back up. It's worth it though. There are a lot of rabbits living in my yard, as well as neighbors' pets who come in and out. I would feel terrible if any of them got sick!

Kristine Lacoste
3 years ago
Kristine Lacoste 3 years ago

We had an injured female mallard duck appear in the backyard last month, and she's been hanging out and recovering ever since (if female ducks don't have a designated mate who protects them during mating season, all males go after her -- and she was in bad shape after all the mating attacks).  We created a few shaded areas around the backyard and always keep water available in several spots (Louisiana heat and humidity = torture). We don't use any pesticides in the grass or surrounding areas, so she's got nothing to worry about (or the Great Danes, either). 

Dr. Pippa Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS
3 years ago

This is Gravos, our bearded dragon. In the summer he goes out on my shoulder, so he can feel the sun on his scales. He's a little wary, especially as there are hawks in our area. Together we keep a close eye on the sky, but with me to protect him I think the benefit of all that lovely Vitamin D outweighs the slight risk. 

Kirsti Stephenson
3 years ago
Kirsti Stephenson 3 years ago

I'm so glad you bring your Dragon outside Dr. Pippa! My baby girl Karma is outside with me in the summer all the time. I let her climb my small trees, she goes for walks with me to the park and runs around the sand in the playground on a soft body leash. She samples the clover and veggies from my organic garden. She sits on a blanket with me and enjoys the sun. As long as you are careful,there is nothing wrong with taking them outside in a controlled setting. Xo Kirsti and Karma

Dr. Pippa Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS
3 years ago

Hi Kirsti, 

What a great name for a bearded, Karma! They are such chilled characters and seem so wise!

I'm in the UK so it's not often it's warm enough for Gravos to go outside, but he has twice in the past week. I adore the idea of Karma grazing on clover and foraging on wild plants, that is such a healthy thing for her to do. Not better way to get a wide and varied diet than dining on Nature's larder. 

6 months ago
TysonsMommy2017 6 months ago

We had an Iguana when I was about 14, my sister named him Tito. We got him a soft ferret harness and took him outside all the time in the summer. He loved to climb the tree the front yard and his favorite place to sun bathe was on the picnic table. 

Melissa Smith
6 months ago
Melissa Smith 6 months ago

LOL I love his name, Tito - that's awesome!

4 months ago
charlesden17 4 months ago

Awesome bearded dragon. I want to have one but of course that would be hard for me to maintain. 

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