12 Years Since Adding Exotic Section

In spring 2011 we announced the opening of the Exotic Section. Now, one year later, we can summarize the work done so far, so good. We visited 671 exotic animals, including 1 slow loris, 1 goat, 1 Japanese squirrel, 1 dove, 2 pythons, 2 peacocks, 2 bearded dragons, 4 chickens, 4 zebra finches, 5 iguanas, 9 cockatiels, 11 ferrets, 16 macaws, 19 canaries, 29 lovebirds/parakeets, 42 tortoises, 50 cockatoos, 65 terrapins, 88 rabbits, 319 African grey parrots. We have learned a lot on how to advise owners on feeding, welfare and exposure to artificial or sunlight and other environmental factors.We were asked to determine the sex in most parrots, tortoises and bearded dragons and we did it.We are committed to prevent the spreading of transmissible diseases (zoonoses) from birds to humans, so we performed diagnostic tests for chlamydiosis in house when requested.Diseases diagnosed more often were: swollen eyes syndrome in terrapins, paramixovirus type 1 (Newcastle’s disease) and psittacine beak and feather disease viral infections in birds, mange in rabbits, black mites in canaries, giardiasis in ferrets, psychological feather plucking in African grey parrots, trichomoniasis in cockatoos and chlamydiosis in macaws.One week ago a peacock in very poor conditions and infected with lice, aegyptianellosis and trichomoniasis was found abandoned in a cartoon box and is now recovering fast after receiving intensive care and specific medications. We are looking for people interested in adoption!

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