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Treat Your Pet Right!


With the holidays approaching, we all tend to overindulge in foods both healthy and not-so-healthy, and want to share the celebration with our pets. Rather than offer “junk food”, here are some fun and healthy seasonal treats for your special pets: BIRDS: cooked and cooled sweet potato, whole nuts in the shell (walnuts, almonds, and […]



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The Learning Never Stops!


Dr. Biascoechea recently spent four days in Atlanta, Georgia at the ABVP conference with other veterinary specialists learning the latest trends in exotic animal medicine and surgery. Keeping up with the most recent developments, cutting edge techniques, and newest treatments is part of what separates us from other clinics who do not focus exclusively on […]



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Where in the World is Jose Biascoechea?


Our doctor gets around, and this week he is at the SCAV Southeast Veterinary Conference in Hilton Head presenting several hours of educational seminars to veterinarians and technicians from around the country. He spent weeks creating customized presentations focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of birds, reptiles, and exotic small mammals, among other topics. His […]



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Deslorelin: What’s That?


In an effort to offer more options for treatment of hormonal disorders in birds and exotic pets, we carry deslorelin 4.7mg implants (Suprelorin). The implant is placed with your pet under sedation subcutaneously (under the skin) between the shoulder blades by our veterinarian. In ferrets, deslorelin is helpful in preventing the onset of adreno-cortical disease […]



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The Education Continues


Our doctors travel a few times a year to conferences focused on the latest developments in avian and exotic medicine.  Dr. Rainwater attended ExoticsCon in September, which included seminars on avian ultrasound, parrot cognition and behavior, small mammal cardiology, and advanced techniques in avian surgery, just to name a few.  Dr. Biascoechea left the hurricane […]



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Traveling with Your Pet


With hurricane season upon us, we are getting many phone calls about how to travel with exotic pets in case of evacuation. We have compiled this helpful guide to assist you. Your pet should travel in a secure, hard-sided carrier appropriate for his size. For many birds and exotic pets, a cat or dog carrier […]



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What to Expect: At Your Prepurchase Consult


The most important thing you can do before bringing a new pet into your home is research. Unfortunately, there are so many sources of outdated or conflicting information, it can be intimidating to attempt to educate yourself, and the difference between good and bad information can mean life or death for an exotic pet. We […]



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Super-Fertile Chameleon: Case Study #8


“Milli” is a veiled chameleon just over a year old.  We met her last year when she was presented with an apparent leg injury, which turned out to be related to calcium deficiency.  Her owner improved her lighting and nutrition and she recovered the ability to use her leg quickly.  She came back three months […]



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Goose With Poorly Healed Leg: Case Study #7


“Henry” is a Canada Goose who was struck by a car and left with a broken leg.  Untreated, the leg healed at a 90-degree angle and he was unable to walk or even eat, and would have died without human intervention.  He was rescued and turned over to our local waterfowl rehabilitator, Mr. Ruby of […]



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ECUN: What’s That?


Encephalizotoonosis (aka ECUN) This is a very common infection in domestic rabbits, guinea pigs and other small mammals. It is caused by an intracellular parasite: Encephalitozoon cuniculi; about 50% of rabbits demonstrate exposure to the parasite.  Spores are shed in the urine and infection usually occurs via ingestion of contaminated food or water. It is […]



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