I don’t necessarily mean for a stuck spec on a ball python or stuck shed on a king snake. These are all some pretty obvious ailments that are generally easy to fix after some experience. If you’ve had to take an animal to a vet for one of these types of problems please don’t think I’m trivializing your efforts: great job on finding the help your animal needed!
One example of a less common reason I’ve had to seek out a vet was for a cloudy eye on an aging ball python (turned out the poor old girl was developing a cataract). I needed some help confirming and getting eggs out of a rescued beardie once, too.
I’ve also had some terrible experiences: a $200 bill for a vet to use tongs to look at a Savannah’s vent and tell me they were fine. Another vet trying to prescribe Baytril injections for a mild stomatitis on a new animal.
The vets I have now are $68 per visit, thorough, and excited to see the animals.
Between some irresponsible advice of “reptiles are cheap,” “failure to thrive is common,” “it’s natural order,” a certain YouTube celebrity buying a Tesla but loudly and publicly claiming exotic pet care is expensive and useless, the “Facebook expert” advice of skipping a vet and shoving more PetSmart junk into an aquarium, and certainly some sub par vets in the past… Do you seek healthcare for your animals?