Follow Dr. Fred in his work at the zoo

Saturday, July 01, 2006

avain radiology with out isoflurane

I was taught this technique at my local clinic in Seattle, Bird & Exotic Clinic.
Its only con, is that it requires 2 people.

Vancouver Aquarium

An aquatic getaway, with the fabulous Beluga whales. The small children were just glued to the underwater window!

A disproportionate Chinese box turtle

This Chinese box turtle had been fed an improper diet as young, which had stopped its shell development. It therefore had curved shell edges and a disproportional large body compared to shell. If this had been a wild turtle, it wouldn’t have survived as it would be unable to tuck itself into the shell

The Zoo experience

Yvonne and Michael came to the zoo and enjoyed the backstage tour! They saw everything from small spiders to feeding the giraffe!

Parrot: Nail trim with out anesthesia

This parrot was so well trained that it turned its head to the left, lifted its right leg, and let you trim. But just like any bird, it would react, but this one only did it in a nice way. A loud call and a nudge with the beak. And after it was all over, it enjoyed playing catch with a paper cup, getting all the attention it could get.

Monday, June 19, 2006

AAZV conference poster

Here is my rough draft for my poster for the AAZV conference in September. The colors will change, and the text updated.

Lizzard: constipation

As with many reptiles, constipation may lead to a chronic weak lizzard, with decreased appetite.

Treatment consists of a rectal lavage, to wash out any feces, urate mass, or other material.

Just remember, this is a stinky process, and if the lizzard is this big, a very heavy process!

Ball python

A 3 month old Ball Python, with the following clinical signs

1. Thin : vertebral spinal processes are easily palpable

2. Pale mucous membranes

3. Decreased appetite

Diagnostic technique

1. palpation: spinal processes, empty gass & fluid filled intestines

2. spatula: pale pinkish white mucous membranes


bacterial infection

What do you think?

So, what is wrong with this turrtle?
If you cant see it, don't worry. I didn't eaither.

THe problem was......
Submandidublar edema

Avian feather picking

Avian feather picking is a common problem among parrots and the result may often be dramatic for the owner to observe. This case is a clear example that with proper testing and treatment recovery is possible, but it may require constant observation. Keeping the bird as a clinic pet will simplify this problem, if the bird is social with customers and observers! A collar may be required, as in this case.

Lizzard skin burn

The lizzard had an enclosure with no place for the lizzard to escape the heat lamp, so its entire body was burned.
During its shed, one should always ensure that the legs and eyes shed properly, as any excess skin on its limbs will cause tissue constriction and thereafter tissue hypoxia.
Lizzards with out vision are unable to view their feed, and will therefore not eat.
Proper treatment therefore consists of superficial tissue removal and Silvadene cream in this case.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

ICE 2006

Back from Ft.Myers Florida, paradise, or simply a very nice place. You make the call. No matter what you decide, the ICE (international conference of exotics) was with out doubt more exotic than ever. The lectures were good, the atmosphere relaxed, the entertainment wacky, the food appetizing, and the evening entertainment even wilder! Just check the images for proof! I came back less rested than before I left. Will also try to make a short movie to capture the spirit, as soon as I collect all the images.

The week was simply great! Hope to see everyone I met there next year!

For info of next years conference check www.exoticdvm.com , they will post information on next years event in a few months. I hope the conference heads back to Key West! The further south, the better!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Local bird&exotic clinic, and going to Reno

Hi! Going to Reno tomorrow, to help the Bunny Rescue Project (http://network.bestfriends.org/greatbunnyrescue/news/). Will post an update once I get back, as I allready have squared eyes today due to my Tree Kangaroo project. Visitng the local exotic pet clinic (http://www.birdandexotic.com) is much better for my vision!, and the people working there are really friendly. They even have a parrot named P.J., who is up for adoption. If this was the end of my stay, I might have gotten him. He is simply amazing!

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Velvet/antler amputation

Here are the images from the elk, which had broken its imature antler, also known as velvet.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Ferret quarantine exam

2 female, a few weeks old, ferrets had no abnormalities. Performed: rectal swab and blood collection (CBC, Chem, Heart worm).

Elk, antlers

The elk antlers to be treated tomorrow, as they are growing toward the orbit!

Wallaroo, quarantine exam

1. examination: observation, palpation
2. radiographs: whole body, especially jaw for detail
3. blood: CBC, Chemistry
4. rectal swab

Findings & treatment
1. left torn/bent off (=avulsed) toe nail :
a. removed by tearing it off, clipped, cleaned, left open,
b. cultured fluid from wound,
c. antibiotic (enrofloxacin inj, s.i.d., continued with trimethoprim sulfadiazine),
d. anti-inflammatory : metacam
2. enlarged cardiac silhouette :

Boa, lethargy and mass examination

History: slightly week, partly paralyzed, mass
Finding: 28cm from head there is spinal osteomyelitis, and a rotated rib has lead to an indention. No mass
Tx: vit B to stimulate appetite, flagyl for potential flagellates. Prognosis: disease is not curable. Should eventually be euthanised. Not to be adopted.

On my few days off…..

I try to see the rest of the city and its surroundings! So I got sunburned for the first time last weekend at the beach! These local fishing vessels is were a few Norwegians have become large men!

Axolatls, quarantine examination

1. radiographs: the least amount of water gives the best image as their body density is similar to that of water.
2. observation: microscopic evaluation of their exterior.

Ocelat, endoscopic, ultrasound examination, specialist ER clinic visit

Endoscopic findings:
1. gastro-esophageal iatrogenic intusseception
2. stomach and colon are fine
Ultrasound findings
1. slightly enlarged liver: portal vein: normal bl.pres
2. slightly enlarged mesogastric lymphnodes : ca. 4mm
3. abdominal fluid : aspirated sample was colored weak yellow
4. GI: normal

Monday, April 10, 2006

This weekend off became completely different than planned, as one of the zoos elephants was to be inseminated. To entire procedure turned out to be a longer than expected as the follicle ovulated almost a day later than expected, and there are only 3 elephant bulls in the US (1 in Canada) that have the ability to serve as sperm donors. So in order to accomplish this, an expert (sperm collector) from Florida was flown in, along with 2 German reproductive specialists. All seemed well until our first problem came up: the Department had sent as the wrong permit. They had allowed us to bring sperm from the wrong specie, from a large sea mammal. All thanks due to government cut backs. Maybe they (the government) can wait, but the follicle certainly will not. Then the sample from the first backup bull in the US couldn’t arrive back in time. The third bull delivered some OK samples, but the swimmers kept dieing in transport. So until the elephant is checked by ultrasound in a few months time, who knows how successful this procedure became.
So all in all, I got to go on a roadtrip t to see the sperm collection, and I got to see plenty of insemination procedures here at the zoo. Elephants are wonderful large animals, but their gestation period is the longest of all animals, 22 months. In return, they are over 10 feet tall, and weigh from 8000 -13000 pounds. (female is smaller). I can show the complete picture series of everything later, as this would take way to much space on this site.