Monthly Archives: March 2020

31 03, 2020

Chameleon Bone Disease

2020-04-01T17:06:12-07:00March 31st, 2020|Reptile|

Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD), also know as Nutritional Secondary HyperParathyroidism (NSHP), occurs in many reptiles that are non-carnivorous. This page talks about MBD in chameleons, although it is most common in the green Iguana. This is what the bones should look like in a normal and healthy chameleon Same healthy chameleon in a different view. Use these two radiographs as a basis for comparison when we show you one with MBD.  There are differences in why chameleons get this problem as opposed to MBD in the green iguana, but the main problem of inadequate husbandry stays consistent. You should visit

31 03, 2020

Macaw With a Bell Stuck On His Tongue

2020-04-28T20:50:35-07:00March 31st, 2020|Avian|

This guy literally bit off more than he could chew. His owner brought him in before he could do any long-term damage to his tongue. If you have ever watched a bird like this you will know that is uses its sensitive tongue for many things. A Macaw with a damaged tongue will not be able to eat. This is an emergency due to the important role that tongue has in all species, especially a bird like this. The bird could easily panic and lacerate his tongue severely, injuring  it so that he cannot use it in the future, or

31 03, 2020

Gecko Tail Amputation

2020-04-01T19:26:55-07:00March 31st, 2020|Reptile|

It is not uncommon for reptiles to be presented with trauma to either the tail or one of the digits of the feet. In most cases they are brought in by their owners after the disease is well established and it is impossible to salvage the traumatized area. This page shows a case in a Leopard Gecko (do you recognize him? His picture is at the entrance to the reptile section). Treatment This is the tail upon presentation to our office. Initially we treated it with antibiotics to save it but the problem progressed and we were worried about infection

30 03, 2020

Bird X-Rays

2020-04-28T20:26:42-07:00March 30th, 2020|Avian|

It is not easy to take a radiograph on a bird that is ill and stressed. It is a team effort, and our staff excels at it.  As you can see from the Eurasian Eagle Owl above our veterinarians provide routine and emergency care for a wide variety of avian, exotic, and domestic animals. In many cases our vets take an x-ray on pet that is an emergency, and it can be a life-saving diagnostic tool. This budgie is in respiratory distress, and needs a radiograph to determine what the problem is. He is first placed in 100% oxygen in

30 03, 2020

Scaley Face Mites

2020-04-28T20:56:41-07:00March 30th, 2020|Avian|

Birds are occasionally infected with a mite called Knemidicoptes (if you want to make an effort at pronouncing this word the K is silent). We usually encounter this problem in parakeets (Budgies) at our hospital. This parasite causes extensive crusting and hair loss on the face and vent.  Fortunately, it is readily treatable. Birds with cases as severe as this are miserable He cannot even walk as evidenced by his overgrown nails Cause Scaley face disease is caused by a mite called Knemidicoptes that is spread from bird to bird by contact. Some birds acquire this parasite while young and

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