We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragons, also known as Beardies are one of the most popular of the pet lizard species. Bearded Dragons need special care to ensure a happy, healthy life. When considering your Beardie’s enclosure, it is best to start with a larger aquarium, preferably a 75 or 120-gallon aquarium with a screen top. Bearded Dragons can grow to be 18-22 inches.

Choices to use as a substrate (surface material for the enclosure) are; newspaper, reptile carpet, or tile. We advise avoiding wood chips, cat litter, sand and/or walnut shells as beardies can potentially eat the bedding, which can result in impaction or foreign body. Bearded Dragons enjoy spending time on low branches for climbing, rocks to bask on and shelter as a hiding area. Beardies go through sheds on a regular basis, so providing a shallow water dish for drinking as well as to help with their sheds is key.

Bearded Dragons are ectothermic, meaning they require outside heat sources to thermoregulate properly. They require a basking light as well as a UVB light to synthesize Vitamin D, which then absorbs calcium properly. Without a proper UVB light, Bearded Dragons can develop metabolic bone disease.

Juvenile Bearded Dragons eat mainly protein, such as mealworms, crickets, or super worms and eat little veggies. As your Beardie gets into his or her adult stage, they will eat mainly veggies and legumes and only have protein as a snack.

Although Bearded Dragons have some special requirements, they make great pets! They are curious and intelligent, and they are social creatures. They can be by themselves, or with another bearded dragon.

Written by: Arlene (RVT) and Victoria (RVT)

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.443.9385. One of our staff members will obtain a history either via phone or from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return your pet to you outside once the veterinarian discusses a recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN but are now working with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday 10am-7pm; and Saturdays from 10am - 2pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will take payment over the phone and place the items in a pickup bin located just outside our front doors.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Fairview Animal Hospital