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Why Special Species Of Exotic Pets Require Specialized Veterinary Care

In human medicine, special medical problems typically require specialized medical care. For example, if you have a broken bone, you see an orthopedist who specializes in the care of broken bones. If you have an eye problem, you seek the care of an ophthalmologist who specializes in the care of eyes. If you have a skin problem, you look for help from a dermatologist who specializes in the care of skin. So, logically, if you
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Getting An Exotic Pet

By Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Birds can make great pets in the right situations. However, unlike pet cats and dogs who often enjoy the company of other animals, not all birds welcome other birds into their environments once they have been established there for a while. Some species of birds do well living in flocks, while others prefer to remain as solo birds in homes. Here are some things to keep in
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Holiday Hazards In Exotic Pets

By Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Like human infants, rabbits are very oral creatures; they like to put everything in their mouths to check things out. Unfortunately, also like babies, they put inappropriate, and sometimes dangerous, things in their mouths that can potentially injure or even kill them. That is why rabbit owners are advised to “bunny-proof” their houses even before they bring a rabbit home. One of the very inappropriate objects that
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A Guide to Dental Care for Exotic Pets

February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and just like dogs and cats, did you know that exotic pets need dental care, too? In general, most pet owners don’t brush their animals’ teeth, so tartar can build up, and their pet’s breath can become malodorous. Over months to years, excessive tartar accumulates leading to gingivitis, periodontal disease, and tooth root infection. Bacteria can accumulate in their mouths, eventually traveling through the bloodstream to settle in
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Exotic Pets in the Classroom: What’s Best for Kids?

Pets and kids — for many of us they go hand in hand. I can’t imagine growing up without a pet. Pets teach children so many important lessons: how to responsibly care for another living thing, how to love unconditionally, and how to deal with life and death. I am always saddened when I hear a child doesn’t or can’t have a pet. That’s where the classroom pet comes in. Although certain schools have rules about
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Veterinary Events in 2015

It’s no secret that the team at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics enjoys attending veterinary events, both to gain continuing education and to share knowledge with other veterinarians in the field. We are excited to announce that we will be involved in a number of incredible veterinary events this coming year. Dr. Laurie Hess will be speaking at two well-known conferences, NAVC (North American Veterinary Conference) in Orlando, FL, January 17-21 and WVC
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Why Does My Bird Push Her Tail Side Against Me and Cluck and Flap?

Q: My bird will lean her tail feathers against me and flap her wings. While she’s doing this, she makes clucking noises. What’s going on? A: What you’re describing sounds like bird reproductive behavior. Reproductively active birds (both males and females) will demonstrate their desire to breed by performing a variety of activities (including clucking and flapping) designed to attract a mate, often while simultaneously masturbating on a perch, a toy or even an owner’s hand.
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It’s Not Always a ‘Peaceable Kingdom’ With Exotic Pets

We all love to make new friends, and it’s great to have companionship. But hanging out with others isn’t necessarily the best thing if you’re an exotic pet. Too many well-intentioned exotic pet owners worry that their birds and exotic animals are lonely, so they allow different species to interact with each other and even to share cages. For most exotic animals, however, interacting with other species is a no-no. Here are a few examples
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Have an Exotic Pet? Watch That Thermostat

When it comes to exotic pets — feathered, furry or scaly — the temperature of the world they live in can be critical. Many exotic pets have specific needs when it comes to the temperature in which they are housed, so before you rush out and get one of those pets (or even if you have one already), be sure that you can provide the proper climate to help keep him healthy. Different species have
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Bird and Exotic Pet Boarding: As Fun as Summer Camp

Wouldn’t you love for your pet to go on his own vacation while you go on yours? Well, he can if he goes to a veterinary practice that caters specifically to his needs. Not sure what I mean? Check out this video on what happens when your exotic pet —  bird, ferret, bunny, guinea pig, snake, hedgehog or even pot-bellied pig — spends time boarding at an exotic pet clinic. I bet you’ll be surprised by what goes on
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10 Reasons Why a Rabbit Might Be the Pet for You

Looking for a pet who is as interactive as a puppy but not as demanding? What about a bunny? Rabbits make wonderful pets in the right situations. If you live in a small home, don’t have very young children, and don’t want to have to walk a pet but have time to play with it, you might want to consider a rabbit. Here are some great reasons bunnies are beneficial: 1. Bunnies are quiet. If
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Looking For A Rabbit Vet in NY?

Got a Rabbit?… Get a check-up! To help ensure pet rabbits in NY  stay healthy, as a rabbit veterinarian in NY for the past 20 years, I recommend annual examinations for all bunnies by a rabbit veterinarian.  I see many rabbit owners in NY, CT, and NJ wait to bring their pets rabbits to the veterinarian until they are sick and don’t realize that rabbits should have regular check-ups to detect developing problems early, before they become
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