Blog Archives

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, […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?


Why did the chicken cross the road? To visit our avian veterinarians, of course! Over the past decade, backyard poultry have become increasingly popular as not only egg producers but also as pets. As a result, we are frequently being asked to examine and treat backyard chickens. Chickens have their own unique set of common […]



Read More

Great Blue Heron with Leg Fracture: Case Study


This Juvenile Great Blue Heron presented with a leg fracture. Because herons are wading birds and have very long leg bones, fractures like this present a great challenge. Dr. Biascoechea performed an orthopedic repair yesterday using several surgical pins to properly position the bone for healing. We hope to get this fellow back in the […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More

Goose With Poorly Healed Leg: Case Study


“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 […]



Read More

Black Vulture with Broken Leg and a Surprise Inside


The Center for Birds of Prey called us regarding a black vulture with a broken leg. We brought him in and took a radiograph and discovered that in addition to his fracture, he had at some point eaten carrion that had been previously shot and had a lead pellet in it, which remained inside the […]



Read More

Amazon Parrot with Throat Cancer: Case Study


“Pooh” is a 41 year old Yellow-Naped Amazon parrot. He came to our clinic because he was having a hard time breathing for a few days prior and had begun breathing with his mouth open. He had greenish discharge from one of his nares, indicating possible infection.



Read More