Exotic/Small/Wildlife Vet👨🏻⚕️ @conejovet near LA🏥 CU Boulder⛰& Colorado State🐏 Alumn👨🎓▫️🇺🇸▫️💥New YouTube Video every Wed 6p PST 🎥 ✌️
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Please think twice before deciding to let your cat go outdoors. I know they want to explore and there’s benefits to doing so but in my opinion the potential risks outweigh those benefits. These risks include: fighting or being attacked by other cats or wildlife, infectious diseases (ie viral diseases like Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or Feline Leukemia Virus), being hit by a car, acquiring parasites, and the list goes on. House cats are also impeccable predators and keeping them indoors reduces their impact on wildlife! Thanks to @ughitsjoe for helping me spread this message
#cat #vet #veterinary #indoorsisbest #willyballzismylilindoorexploerer
I’ve got nothing on this thexy thilverback
I still can’t believe I had this experience, seeing wild Gorillas in Rwanda, in 2018 so far.
It’s pretty amazing as well to see just how habituated this individual is to people too. @gorilladoctors and the ecotourism industry is doing an impeccable job at preserving these gorilla’s habitat and their health and giving animal nerds like myself the opportunity to spend time with the gorillas. This #Silverback is capable of easily making a rag doll out of me btw and you can see by his demeanor he’s completely comfortable by my presence . Silverbacks (aka adult male gorillas) are nature’s bodybuilders. Every muscle is extremely developed and powerful and this dude inspires me to get my butt to the gym!♂️
#goals #gorilla #Rwanda #africa #nature #wildlife #conservation #vet #veterinary # #bucketlist #
The #BirdOfPrey is a fascinating group of birds! These predators of the sky have some neat adaptations making them successful hunters including sharp beaks for flesh tearing, great hearing and vision (especially certain owl species), talons that grip tight and stay closed with a ratchet-like muscle/tendon mechanism, and owl species even have specialized feathers that break up air turbulence against them, making it nearly impossible to hear them swooping in! They’re ultimate predators from above . Thanks to @cedarrunwildlife rescue for taking great care of the wildlife they treat and permanent residents they look after!
#wildlife #conservation #rescue #owl #talon #igottalon’donce #itF’inghurt!
#youtube #Cloacal #Prolapse is common condition I see in reptiles and sometimes birds too. The cloaca is an organ that’s essentially the shared terminal space of the urinary, gastrointestinal, and reproductive tracts of birds and reptiles and the contents of all these body systems exit through ONE hole known as the vent.
That’s right, poop, pee, and sperm or eggs all goes to the cloaca and exit via the vent. Sometimes the cloaca and even other organs can prolapse through the vent (i.e. urinary bladder, colon, intestines, ovaries) and these patients need some degree of surgical intervention to correct this.
Often an underlying cause is the culprit (i.e. trauma, mass, metabolic disease, parasites, infection, reproductive disease) and needs to be diagnosed and treated to prevent prolapses from recurring. To learn more and see a temporary surgical correction please scope out my new YouTube video, link in bio ⚕️ #reptile #surgery #snake #python #vet #veterinary #nopeopledonthavecloacas #buttheycanprolapseotherorgans #dontcontactmeifyouveprolapsed #contactyourdoctor #actuallyprobablydial911
#TBT 3 years ago when I got one of my favorite toys over the holidays. I love working with my hands and this lil beast has helped me produce some of my favorite creations ever! As you can see, my new drill is a lil more powerful than it’s predecessor...
#drilling #construction #handyman #iloveprojects!
Some of my patients just don’t belong on the exam room table, lol. This adorable #mastiff loved the attention when I laid on the floor with him and it also gave me a chance to get a good look at him!
Tbh, I often don’t use the table for many pets that would otherwise be appropriate for it. I find that some of my pet patients tend to be less stressed at their doctors visit when I get on their level whether that be the floor or even the exam room seating bench designated for pet owners.
A big part of being an animal doctor is connecting with your patients. For you young vet techs and vets-remember the importance of bond you share with your patients. Sometimes we get caught up with complicated diagnostics and intensive treatments but please don’t forget to greet the animals you’re caring for and remind them you’re there not just to make them physically healthy, but to be their buddy and provide emotional support too.
As is true with people AND animals, love & affection is important in the healing process and helps our kiddos get better on top of the medical and/or surgical treatments they undergo. (*This does not apply to most wildlife btw).
#vet #dog #veterinary #animal #doctor #emotionalsupport #loveheals #whencombinedwithindicatedmedicaltreatment @conejovet
Like big Bob Barker always said “Have your pets spayed or neutered!”
As veterinarians, we have many reasons for neutering our pet dogs and it’s for theirs and your best interest. I don’t recommend neutering for 100% of dogs but def most of them.
Please watch this video if you have a young male intact dog and feel conflicted about neutering him. And more importantly, contact your local vet for further consultation on why that may be a good idea for your fur kiddo.
#dog #surgery #neuter #puppy #bobbarker
It’s BREH-ISH BON-AH TOYME
Nah idn’t it!
I just had a splendid week in London and was totally inspired by the OG Natural History Museum! And you know what that means...MORE BONES FOR YOU BONER BONEHEADS!
I hope you enjoy my #BritishBonerSpecial series starting today . Another magical Friday for magical boners everywhere
Remember: Boner = “Bone Lover”
and Sconer = “Scone Lover”
#bone #bonerfriday #bonersforsconers #bonah #isthataboneinyourknickersorareyoujusthappytoseeskulls #tiddlywinks
On @thismorning today sharing the #AlligatorSnappingTurtle and other animals and having a blast!
How crazy is that Vermiform Tongue!? It’s a little worm-like projection that actually draws his prey items to his mouth; usually this is fish and taking place under water. This turtle grows up to be the largest freshwater turtle in North America and maybe the gnarliest looking turtle in the world!
#ambush #predator #turtle #reptile #newworld #vermiform #iloveturtles
FACT: BABY PORCUPINES MAKE THE CUUUUTEST SOUNDS EVAAAAA!
#WoodlandCritter .. Doesn’t this baby African Porcupine look like the demon spawn on the @southpark “Woodland Christmas Critters” episode!? And she was an aggro lil’ tyke too!
Adult African porcupines are big rodents, weighing up to 60 lbs (almost 30 kgs). They’re herbivores and their diet, as well as their dentition, is similar to guinea pigs.
African Porcupines are native to sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Northwestern #Africa and even #Italy !
Thanks to @animaltracksinc for brining her in for a visit!
#exotic #rodent #porcupine #cheekteeth #africa #spikes #herbivore #wildlife
Pigs are EXTREMELY vocal animals! And to be honest, total #DramaQueens ♀️ I think pot belly pigs can be terrific pets but you absolutely must know what you’re getting into!
These piggies are very intelligent, almost too much for their own good, and will throw temper tantrums.
On top of that, they often grow to be much larger than people expect. There’s no such thing as a micro pig and I know many potbelly pig owners that hoped their piglets would stop growing at 20-30 or even 40 lbs and these pigs are well on their way to 200 lbs, some getting even larger. I don’t mean to discourage anyone from owning pigs because they can make amazing animal companions, but again, DEF know what you’re getting into if you decide a pig might be right for you.
#pig #piggie #piglet #oink #vet #veterinary #porcine #swine #screamers #bloodymurder #butreallyjustdivas #
#HappyValentinesDay And how fitting on #humpday? To answer my last post’s question, #deeznuts are from an OPOSSUM
Opossums are North America’s only native marsupial (not to be confused with “possums” which are marsupials native to Australia) and technically marsupials are a considered mammals btw.
Opossums not only have unique anatomy but neutering them is also a very different procedure compared to most other mammals. We perform a technique called “scrotal ablation” and that basically means surgically removing the nutsack and everything in it . FYI for dogs and cats we don’t remove any scrotum at all. For dogs we don’t even incise into it, but rather in front of it (= a “prescrotal incision”). I can’t think of anything more romantic than talking ‘scrotums’ on Valentines Day...you’re welcome 🤲
#berriesinfrontofthetwig #lovesack #manpouch #hairybeanbag #coinpurse #funsack #berrybasket #marblesatchel #chickenskindufflebag
The #Tortoise and the #Hare...MEME THIS!
While tortoise and rabbits have many differences (mammal vs reptile; fast vs slow; high alert vs relatively "chill"; fuzzy vs scaly+shell), they have something very much in common!
And that's their #gastrointestinal tract and they're both #herbivores !
Both tortoises and rabbits are "Hind Gut Fermenters." The hind gut, in reference to their large intestines, is extremely important because billions of bacterial colonies, essential to their daily livelihood, actually ferment all that grass and hay and plant material they ingest (aka consume aka eat). Grass and hay innately have very little nutritional value yet tortoises and rabbits still need the exact same macronutrient building blocks that we as humans (as well as our pet dogs) need for daily metabolic function: Proteins, Carbohydrates, & Fats.
It's this valuable fermentation process that converts low-nutritional value plants to digestible proteins/carbs/fats and the bacteria doing the fermenting need "food" everyday to maintain proper health and function. Hence rabbits and tortoises eating CONSTANTLY.
FYI for this same reason, many antibiotics that are ok for carnivores and omnivores are in fact fatal for hind-gut fermenters because they can kill off the "good" bacteria in their guts (ie penicillins, cephalosporins, most macrolides). Isn't gastrointestinal physiology just fascinating!? Another FYI, "turtles" ARE NOT hind gut fermenters because they're omnivores or carnivores so "turtle" is NOT synonymous with "tortoise."
Last FYI, horses and guinea pigs are also hind-gut fermenters!
#nerd #GI #health #digestion #vet #veterinary #tortoiseandthehare #exotics #didwelearnsomethingtoday #dontjudgemynerdlevel #itsbadsometimes #
English Bulldogs may be have their fair share of health issues as a breed but my goodness...do they make for some ridiculously adorable puppies or what!??
Tag a mate that NEEDS some bulldog in their life. Even a little apathetic one like this #puppy munchkin here ♂️
#bulldogpuppydontgivea$hit #ilovepuppies #english #bulldog #vet #veterinary #puppiesarebasicallylittleraysofsunshinethatpee&shiteverywhere #
EXTREMELY VENOMOUS SNAKE: Gaboon Viper! Also one of my favorite snakes and I love getting the opportunity to work with them! This kiddo just needed a general exam.
I could easily rattle off a couple dozen fascinating facts about these Vipers but the one I'm discussing in this video is this species' capability of RECTILINEAR motion (not "centripetal motion", sorry about that, idk where tf that came from, lol). This gorgeous specimen is a captive living snake in @libassa_wildlife_sanctuary and is a terrific ambassador for her species and reptiles in West Africa! Thank you @libassa_wildlife_sanctuary for taking great care of her
Ok fine, you want facts!?... -Longest fangs of ANY venomous snake >
-Thick body and extremely fast strikers
-Native to Sub-Saharan Africa
-Prey items are primarily small mammals, birds and frogs
-Primarily "Hemotoxic" venom (aka flesh destroying)
-NOT a 'pit viper' like it's Crotalid snake relatives in North America (ie rattlesnakes). Thanks for watching and remember: snakes, including venomous snakes, are far more afraid of you than you are of them!
#snake #gaboon #viper #africa #liberia #reptile #exotics #travel #oldworld #thiiiiiiick