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The Horror of Hormones


Hormones are important for growth and development, but as our pets mature they can result in many unwanted side effects. Rabbits may mount and spray, charge, dig, and bite. Birds may scream incessantly, become aggressive towards others, feather pick, and self-multilate. For most pets, spaying and neutering is the best method of addressing and avoiding […]



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A Teste of Our Skills: Case Study


Spaying and neutering your pet is almost always advised, especially with rabbits. Today we had a very special little guest. He was found in a parking lot, and his new family wanted an exam and spay or neuter. Dr. Duvall told the owner to sit tight until we determined gender by physical examination. She was […]



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Getting to Know: Client Services Coordinator Claudia


Our “Getting to Know” series is intended to give you some fun insight into the people behind the medicine here at Exotic Vet Care. We hope you enjoy it! This entry features our Client Services Coordinator Claudia. 1. What brought you to Exotic Vet Care? I was looking for a change of environment. I wanted […]



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Into The Dragon


Dental and Oral Disease in Lizards February is Pet Dental Health Month.  While dogs and cats usually take the spotlight, lizards have toothy smiles to protect too! Normal Anatomy Lizards have lips, gums, and salivary glands similar to mammals.  They also have many mucous glands in their mouth.  The combination of mucous and salivary glands […]



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PE Or Not PE? It’s Not Even a Question!


Every day, we get calls from loving pet owners wanting to have their rabbit, guinea pig, rat, or other pet spayed or neutered. We tell every one that we HIGHLY recommend every pet be given a physical exam prior to surgery. They always ask why. Surgery involves anesthesia. Anesthesia carries risk. Patients who have underlying […]



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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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Top Ten: Reasons To Let Baby Raccoons Grow Up Wild


Spring is coming, and with it the season of baby wildlife. Every year we receive dozens of calls from people trying to help what they believe are abandoned baby animals of all sorts. The majority of these animals are probably OK, waiting for their parent(s) to return. If however, you are certain (e.g. hit by […]



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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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