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Wild Wools and Where to Find Them


Madame Matilda here again. The weather is getting chilly and everyone wants to be warm and cozy! While not all have a luxurious coat like mine, there are many animals whose luscious locks make the wool for many people’s favorite snuggly sweater. Here are some of the more… unusual fiber animals: Angora Species: Oryctolagus cuniculus […]



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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 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 […]



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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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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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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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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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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 […]



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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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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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