Why did my bird suddenly die?


One of the most heartbreaking scenarios is when a client calls to inform us their beloved companion bird suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.  Usually this phone call comes with some of the most difficult questions: Why?  How could this have happened? Did I miss the signs of illness? Is there a problem in my home?  Of course, there is no way for … [Read more...]

Why does my rabbit have head tilt?


Here at The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine, we treat many rabbits with varying degrees of a head tilt. Sometimes the symptoms are mild and the rabbit’s head will slightly tilt to one side. Other symptoms are severe and rabbits will roll and spin in circles, not able to distinguish what is up or down. There are many reasons why this happens … [Read more...]

Spaying or Neutering Your Pet Skunk


Skunks are becoming increasingly popular as companion pets in the Unites States. There are many factors to consider before committing to a pet skunk, and one of the most important is the serious problem of biting and the potential for aggression if left intact (not spayed or neutered). Skunks have very long, sharp canine teeth which can inflict a … [Read more...]

Wellness Tips & Signs of Illness: Ferrets

Neville (Ferret)

  While ferrets are technically illegal in New York City, this law does not prohibit veterinarians from treating them. In fact here at the Center, a large percentage of the pets we treat are illegal to own in this City. We are committed to the welfare and wellbeing of all exotic pets and owners should be assured that we will not report them … [Read more...]

Zoonotic disease

Panther Chameleon

Anyone who is considering becoming or is currently a companion animal owner should be aware of the potential risk of zoonoses, which are infectious diseases that can be transmitted from non-human animals to humans (or the reverse, in some cases!). We are fortunate not to have too much firsthand experience with zoonoses here at the Center for Avian … [Read more...]