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Karma Chameleon: Case Study


This tiny chameleon came to us because after only 1 day of ownership, his new family noticed he was favoring his right rear leg. Upon examination, we found the leg was not only swollen but broken, and created a tape splint to hold things in place while the little one heals. It has stayed solidly […]



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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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Goose With Poorly Healed Leg: Case Study


“Henry” is a Canada Goose who was struck by a car and left with a broken leg.  Untreated, the leg healed at a 90-degree angle and he was unable to walk or even eat, and would have died without human intervention.  He was rescued and turned over to our local waterfowl rehabilitator, Mr. Ruby of […]



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Black Vulture with Broken Leg and a Surprise Inside


The Center for Birds of Prey called us regarding a black vulture with a broken leg. We brought him in and took a radiograph and discovered that in addition to his fracture, he had at some point eaten carrion that had been previously shot and had a lead pellet in it, which remained inside the […]



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Duck with Broken Leg: Case Study


“Quackers” is a Muscovy duck. He was brought to us after his owner noticed him limping on his left leg for a week. Radiographs showed a closed fracture of the leg with some early callous formation due to his attempts to walk on his broken leg. We performed orthopedic surgery on “Quackers”, removing the excess bone […]



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