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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]



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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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