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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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Chameleon with Prolapsed Hemipenes: Case Study


“Elliott”, a 5 ½ month old veiled chameleon, came in for us to assess some pink tissue that was protruding from his vent. On examination it was a hemipene that had become impacted and inflamed. When we tried to replace it the other one would pop out too! “Elliott” was admitted to the hospital and […]



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Macaw Gains Her Independence From Egg-Binding: Case Study


“Scooter” is a 23-year old female blue and gold macaw who came to us as an Emergency Admission on July 4. She had suffered with vomiting and diarrhea for a few days prior. Upon examination she had urate and fecal matting around her vent but after administering some fluids and pain medication she was stable […]



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Fear-Free Practice: What’s That?


Birds and exotic pets are for the most part prey animals. This means that it is their instinctual nature to regard any type of restraint, handling, or examination as a threat to their lives. The fear response can trigger aggression as they desire nothing more than to escape to safety, can cause them to injure […]



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Otitis Media: What’s That?


Rabbits have big ears but it doesn’t mean that they can always hear well… Your rabbit has been diagnosed with bacterial middle ear disease (otitis media). What is this? Inflammation and bone infection (osteomyelitis) of the middle ear caused by the spread of bacteria from the upper respiratory tract and in some cases  through the […]



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COVID-19 and Your Pet


Many people are talking about coronavirus in ferrets, cats, and other animals, and some are surrendering their pets to shelters out of fear. This fear is unfounded, and we want to help ease your concerns. You should take the same precautions with them as with family members, and should you note any respiratory signs in […]



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COVID-19 POLICIES UPDATE 03/23/20


NOTICE TO CLIENTS REGARDING COVID-19, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: For your safety as well as that of our staff, we are providing CURBSIDE SERVICE ONLY. This will reduce the risk for both staff members and clients as human-to-human interaction is believed to be the primary mode of transmission. Here is what you need to know: SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS, […]



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Our Response to COVID-19


As we are all aware, there is a growing public health risk surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we are closely monitoring the situation, including closures and cancellations in our community. Exotic Vet Care will continue to maintain our normal schedule, with your safety and wellness as our priority. Of course, we will continue to sanitize our […]



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Stress Bars: What’s That?


One year ago this 26 yr old Gold-capped Conure came to us for an evaluation. The primary abnormal physical exam finding was black pigmentation of his feathers, it was also noted that he was in a near-constant state of molting. Sometimes called “stress bars”; these are lines that run crosswise through a feather shaft illustrating […]



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