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You CAN Handle the Tooth! – Elissa, Client Services Representative


My chinchilla “Mama” was shrinking. She’s 10 years old and compared to her daughter “Bebe”, only 1.5 years younger than her, she was growing thin and looked fragile, so I became concerned. As chinchillas are primarily nocturnal, “Mama” would start squealing in the middle of the night and I’d get up to check on her. […]



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Top Ten: Reasons To Let Baby Raccoons Grow Up Wild


Spring is coming, and with it the season of baby wildlife. Every year we receive dozens of calls from people trying to help what they believe are abandoned baby animals of all sorts. The majority of these animals are probably OK, waiting for their parent(s) to return. If however, you are certain (e.g. hit by […]



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Exotic Felid Diets – Abby Duvall, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)


Captive exotic felids are obligate carnivores and require a balanced diet to ensure proper nutrition which meets both metabolic energy demands and provides sufficient vitamins and minerals to promote proper growth and health. There is little information available on nutrition of specific wildcat species, however, generalizations can be made for most species. A diet must […]



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Getting to Know: Practice Manager Kerry Bateman


Our “Getting to Know” series is intended to give you some fun insight into the people behind the medicine here at Exotic Vet Care. We hope you enjoy it! This entry features our Practice Manager Kerry Bateman. 1. What brought you to Exotic Vet Care? Dr. Biascoechea hired me based on my managerial experience. I […]



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Holiday Hazards and How to Avoid Them


Madame Matilda’s Midwinter Maladies  – OR – Holiday Hazards and How to Avoid Them ‘Tis the season for bringing trees indoors, inviting strangers in, and cooking all sorts of traditional concoctions.  It can be a bewildering time for animal companions everywhere.  Some of the things that are brought in can be dangerous to us!  As […]



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Leucistic Alligators in South Carolina – Katie Rainwater, MA, DVM


In March 2014, my husband Thomas, who is a research scientist at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center and Clemson University’s Belle Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown, received a call that several hatchling white alligators had been discovered in a protected coastal area in South Carolina with public access.  With over […]



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We Congratulate Dr. Duvall, DABVP (Avian Practice)


We are incredibly proud to announce our Associate Veterinarian Dr. Abby Duvall has become South Carolina’s second Board-certified Diplomate in Avian Practice. Dr. Biascoechea is the first. This is a huge achievement, and required a lot of dedication and study. Congratulations, Dr. Duvall! ABVP CERTIFIED VETERINARIAN IN AVIAN PRACTICE  Charleston, SC — Abby Duvall, DVM, […]



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Voting Gets Wild


Tired of human elections?  Here are some animals that have run for office in the US! Mayor of Lajitas, Texas – The Clay Henry Dynasty This political scene makes House of Cards look tame!  In the 1980s a goat named Clay Henry (left image) ran against a man from Houston.  While the man won the […]



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All About Beaks


Birds possess an astounding array of beak sizes and shapes uniquely adapted to suit their needs. Beaks must be able to help secure food, preen feathers, help build a nest, and in some species, even build simple tools (check out the New Caledonian Crow!). While the beak might appear to be a static structure at […]



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Exotic Vet Care Appreciates Our Vet Techs!


Happy Vet Tech Appreciation Week! While we appreciate our techs every day, this October 11-16 the whole nation celebrates our vet techs and their work. Vet techs keep our practice moving and we could not do what we do without them. What is a Vet Tech? A veterinary technician (or nurse) is an individual who […]



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