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“Give Wildlife a Brake!” Week


Next week is “Give Wildlife a Brake!” week, but we want you to be aware of wildlife all year ’round.  Today we are treating this box turtle, who was run over by a car and brought to us for care by another veterinary clinic.  While we do not normally treat wildlife, we are working with […]



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Kemp’s Ridley Turtle “Blu” Recovering Well


In July, the South Carolina Aquarium brought a Kemp’s ridley turtle to our clinic because it had been hooked by a fisherman and swallowed the hook.  Dr. Biascoechea surgically removed the hook and the turtle was returned to the Turtle Hospital at the Aquarium for continued care.  We recently received the good news that “Blu” […]



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Dr. Biascoechea and the Shark


Dr. Biascoechea recently worked with Dr. Shane Boylan and a team of biologists at the South Carolina Aquarium on a male sand tiger shark that had been circling in the SCA’s ocean tank for several weeks. They anesthetized him, performed a comprehensive physical exam, an ultrasound, took blood samples and also took radiographs which showed […]



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Goldfish Swimming Upside-Down: Case Study #4


“Sherman” is a 4 year old Black Moor goldfish.  His owner called us because he had been swimming on his side for about a week and a half, and that morning had started swimming upside-down and his left side was swollen.  The owner had the aquarium water tested and corrected any issues in water quality, […]



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Digital Radiography Comes to Exotic Vet Care!


We are excited to announce that we have invested in a new iCR 3600+ digital radiography system.  With a majority of our patients weighing under 5 pounds, standard x-ray equipment does not provide the detail needed.  This high-definition equipment provides improved resolution and image clarity, as well as the ability to magnify and adjust images […]



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Chameleon with Ovarian Follicles: Case Study #3


“Napoleon” is a 6 month old female veiled chameleon. She was brought in because she had been sitting near the bottom of her enclosure for 2-3 days and breathing with her mouth open over the past day. After an external physical exam and discussion of her diet, care, lighting, and housing we did an x-ray […]



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Guinea Pig with Uterine Tumor: Case Study #2


“Claire” is a 4 year old female guinea pig. She was presented to us with a history of undesired reproductive behaviors, including mounting her cagemate and having a wet bottom. Upon examination, she was found to have a lump in her abdomen. An ultrasound verified the presence of a 2.5cm uterine mass requiring surgical removal. […]



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Duck with Broken Leg: Case Study #1


“Quackers” is a Muscovy duck. He was brought to us after his owner noticed him limping on his left leg for a week. Radiographs showed a closed fracture of the leg with some early callous formation due to his attempts to walk on his broken leg. We performed orthopedic surgery on “Quackers”, removing the excess bone […]



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‘Tis the Season…


The first stranded sea turtles of the season have been rescued and admitted to the South Carolina Aquarium, and Dr. Biascoechea was there to help with the treatment. photo courtesy South Carolina Aquarium Read more about it here: http://seaturtlehospital.blogspot.com/2013/05/first-live-sc-strandings-of-2013.html



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Dr. Biascoechea: Book Reviewer


The duties of a veterinarian go well beyond diagnosing conditions and prescribing medications; there are papers to be written, case studies to be presented, and publications to be reviewed.  Dr. Biascoechea recently reviewed a book on aquatic veterinary medicine.  This is not his first review, but it is his most recent.  We are proud that he […]



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