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Leucistic Alligators in South Carolina – Katie Rainwater, MA, DVM


In March 2014, my husband Thomas, who is a research scientist at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center and Clemson University’s Belle Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown, received a call that several hatchling white alligators had been discovered in a protected coastal area in South Carolina with public access.  With over […]



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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, […]



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Voting Gets Wild


Tired of human elections?  Here are some animals that have run for office in the US! Mayor of Lajitas, Texas – The Clay Henry Dynasty This political scene makes House of Cards look tame!  In the 1980s a goat named Clay Henry (left image) ran against a man from Houston.  While the man won the […]



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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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