Category Archives: Avian and Exotics

SAVE Saves a Bird

a pet bird sitting on a table and looking up into the camera

As her name suggests, Scarlett is a pet that is red, but not a red setter, a redbone coonhound or a red Abyssinian, she’s an African grey parrot with a red tail. This 25-year-old parrot is also an artist, creating colorful abstract works of art in the bathtub. She was referred to The Animal Medical

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Rat-Bite Fever and Pet Rats: How Concerned Should We Be?

A rat

The recent report of a 10-year-old boy that died from rat-bite fever in San Diego has raised concerns about the risk of contracting this disease from pet rats. The family of the child is suing Petco, where they bought a pet rat two weeks before the boy died after a 48-hour illness characterized by flu-like

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Ruptured Air Sac: A Unique Bird Disease

An x-ray of a bird

In 1984, The Animal Medical Center established one of the first Avian and Exotic Pet Services in a veterinary specialty hospital. At that time, the patients seen by the Avian and Exotic animal veterinarians reflected the most popular exotic pets such as ferrets, iguanas, and exotic cats. Over the years the popularity of various pets

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The Danger of Xylitol to Your Dog and Ferret

A ferret

My regular trip to the grocery store this week brought a health risk for dogs and ferrets to the forefront of my mind. As I was standing in the checkout line, I noticed a number of hard candies and mints with xylitol on the label. Xylitol may help keep us slim and protect our teeth,

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Albus Froggy’s House Call

We have a pet frog. He is a South African clawed frog who we sometimes call Albus, after Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series. Albus is Latin for white, and Froggy, which is his other name, is an albino frog. Albus Froggy’s first home was a 10 gallon fish tank with snails, tropical fish

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