This rabbit presented for difficulty eating and was found to have multiple dental problems.
House rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas often require dentistry. The procedure is done with the animal anesthetized using a special positioning board, a high-speed drill, bright light and magnification as shown in this photo.
Rabbit positioned for dentristry procedure (before treatment).
Rabbit positioned for dentristy - after procedure.
Kristen with the rabbit.
This Argentine tegu presented to the Exotics Service for lethargy and lack of appetite. She was found to have an intestinal obstruction and a large mass of developing eggs.
Radiograph (xray) confirmed intestinal blockage (dense white material in abdomen).
Ultrasound confirmed presence of numerous eggs in the ovary. The spherical gray areas are eggs. Colored areas represent bloodflow.
The tegu underwent surgery, known as an enterotomy, to remove the intestinal blockage. The surgeons were Dr. George Coronado and Dr. Angela Gifford.
The tegu’s ovaries and uterus were also removed to prevent future reproduction and to ensure a speedy recovery. Egg production requires a large amount of metabolic energy in reptiles.
Ovary and eggs removed at surgery. Within a few weeks of surgery the tegu was once again eating and active.
Psittacine birds like this conure are prone to a condition called egg binding, in which they have trouble laying an egg. Most patients respond to warmth, rehydration fluids, and calcium therapy, and pass the egg on their own.
As this radiograph shows, the size of a bird’s egg is relatively large compared to it’s body.