What's That?

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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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 […]



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PDD: What’s That?


The disease, originally known as “Macaw Wasting Disease”, was initially reported in the late 1970’s in the U.S. and Europe. The term “Proventricular Dilatation Disease” was given to the disease in a 1983 report describing “impaction, dilation, and degeneration of the proventriculus”. The new term for this disease is Avian Bornaviral Ganglioneuritis (ABG) which is […]



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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 […]



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ECUN: What’s That?


Encephalizotoonosis (aka ECUN) This is a very common infection in domestic rabbits, guinea pigs and other small mammals. It is caused by an intracellular parasite: Encephalitozoon cuniculi; about 50% of rabbits demonstrate exposure to the parasite.  Spores are shed in the urine and infection usually occurs via ingestion of contaminated food or water. It is […]



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