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Dr. Biascoechea Maintains His Board Certification in Avian Practice


CHARLESTON, SC – Jose Biascoechea, a veterinarian from Mt. Pleasant, has successfully maintained certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in Avian Practice. ABVP requires Diplomates to maintain certification every ten years. This process demonstrates that Diplomates have kept up with changes and advancements in veterinary practice. ABVP is […]



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Taking the Squeeze Out of Fees


Veterinary care is one of the inevitable expenses that comes along with pet ownership, but not one many consider when bringing a new pet into their family. When you are faced with a sudden illness or injury in your pet, it is a relief not to have to stress over how you will cover the […]



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Shining a Light on Laser Therapy


LASER THERAPY IN EXOTIC PETS: We offer the latest technology in health care for your exotic companion. This FDA cleared, deep-penetrating light allows pain relief through endorphin release and stimulates the injured cells to heal at a much faster rate through a process called photomodulation. It promotes increased blood flow and decreases inflammation at the […]



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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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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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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 1/2 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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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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