Exotic/small/wildlife Vet/@conejovet/CSU Alumn. FYI It's illegal to diagnose/treat pets over IG😉
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Sometimes #LessisMore ... I ❤️ my reptile patients including this vibrant diamond python 😍🐍 Working with exotics is quite different than our domesticated pets and I've learned over the years that the degree of "restraint" necessary for each patient really varies by individual temperament, not just a species' stereotypical behavior (i.e. Anacondas are labeled as aggressive when this is often not the case). -
For example some snakes require 2-3+ people for handling related to diagnostics or treatments while others are very cooperative, requiring what I call the "less is more" technique for their handling. A huge part of working with animals and being able to communicate with them is feeling them out to help guide you in gaging what level of handling suits them best. -
While discussing this individual snake's personality with his owner and gently handling him during my physical examination I learned that this snake was mellow and excessive restraint would create unnecessary stress and only make all of our lives more difficult. Hence, you see a freely moving python, tongue-flickering to learn it's environment and overall stress-free. -
Important to note I only recommend handling snakes and exotics in this way for experienced professionals because it is riskier for obvious reasons-this python could easily turn around and bite me. Also important to note that unfortunately this "less is more" technique is not appropriate for many patients and the higher stress methods of restraint is necessary for me to do my job as their vet. -
In the case of these "not so mellow" patients the pro's (my ability to diagnose & treat) outweigh the con's (incidental stress on the patient and vet staff) so it's necessary. I hope this makes sense to any of you that work with animals 🤔🤓 And have a wonderful weekend!
FYI this python was receiving an ivermectin injection (anti-parasitic medication) to treat a minor infestation of mites. @conejovet
It's still #WolfAwarenessWeek! I don't remember what we were starring at here but I LOVED spending every second with this gorgeous ambassador of wolves! Please respect this keystone species and tag a mate that loves these gorgeous apex predators too🐺🐺🐺 Did you know that dogs evolved from wolves? That means my little Henry and all your pet dogs are kinda lil' wolves too!...🤔...ok not exactly, but they do share a lot of the same genetics so kinda!? 😬😜#wolf #carnivore #predator #keystone #wildlife #conservation #vet #veterinary #henrycantberelatedtowolves #hesjustalittleasshole #butilovehim❤️ #🐺#🐶
Do you YouTube!? I love #YouTube and it gives me the opportunity to share all about the animal world in detail 🤓. I just posted a video regarding my history as an animal lover and veterinarian called "About Me." If you'd like to know more on how I came to do what I do then follow the link in my bio and subscribe to my YouTube channel (Dr. Evan Antin) if you'd like to see more! I'll be posting weekly videos EVERY WEDNESDAY from now on! Happy humpday 😄
#animal #wildlife #vet #veterinary #travel #educational #conservation
#Wildlife animal sanctuaries are very important and many of my most special animal encounters and stories come from places like the @wildanimalsanctuary in #Colorado! Wildlife rescues/sanctuaries help thousands of wild animals (including exotic animals) every year in the US alone. They take in individual animals from the illegal animal trade and illegally and poorly cared for "pets." The Wild Animal Sanctuary does a terrific job at sharing their animals with the public in a constructive and educational way like a good zoo. What sets the Wild Animal Sanctuary apart is the amount of space they give their inhabitants-it was almost like seeing a wild lion roam the Savannah but in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, not Sub-Saharan Africa, lol. Def check out this amazing @go90 story by @vice (link in bio) and see some of these big cats stories 😊 #bigcat #lion #tiger #bear #leopards #cougar #rescue #sanctuary #vice #meatdisc #carnivore #predator #lionsdontmakegoodpets #neitherdoleopards #ortigers #orbears 👍
Celebrate one of my favorite mammalian megacarnivores for National #WolfAwarenessWeek in style 🐺😜 Wolves, loved by many people, but disliked by many more and suffer losses resulting from ignorance, intolerance, fear, misinformation and loss of federal protections which continue to threaten wolves’ recovery and survival. Did you know wolves are actually considered a "keystone species" in many environments they're native to? FYI a #keystone species means that species plays a critical, irreplaceable role in their given ecosystem. The wolf's place in the food chain affects much more than just the animals they hunt. When wolf numbers are low prey animals can get disproportionately high and this can lead to chaos in the food chain and also affect other predators like birds of prey and even cause problems among the plant and fish species of the same ecosystem. Please respect this #Apex predator and realize their importance to all wildlife! #wolf #canid #wildlife #wildvet #educatenoteradicate #predator #hunt #icantbelievemylittlehenryisrelatedtowolves @animaltracksinc
Hooray for #AssemblyBill485 Pet Rescue & Adoption Act- Banning pet shops in the state of #California from selling animals that come from high-breeding facilities and requiring them to obtain dogs, cats, and rabbits from only local shelters and rescues 🐶🐱🐰🤙😃 Many cities do this in the #USA and although its not statewide anywhere else it's just a matter of time. Laws like this will help put an end to #puppymills forever! This is a really significant move in the right direction for our domesticated little pets and I'm so thankful for it! Please adopt, don't shop, because there's literally MILLIONS of special pets that need homes. #yay #adopt #adoptdontshop #shelter #rescue #dog #cat #bunny #rabbit #endpuppymills @conejovet
I learned a new word -"Tolerancy!" Endless thanks to you @iamashleyroberts for expanding my social drinking vocabulary🤓😆🍻 And the best part-look at Ashley's 👀 as they awkwardly look to her left after she catches herself say "tolerancy" 🤣🤣🤣 See the entire conversation yourself on @1stlooktv after SNL on @NBC tonight. Have a wonderful Saturday night and be safe 😜 #malibuwinesafari @malibuwines #tolerancy #daydrinking #drinkingresponsibly...withanimals #dontdrinkandvet
#Chameleons are one of the most sensitive reptile species to keep in captivity! Lil' Stryder here recently had a distal tail amputation (distal=further away from the body) because he had a progressive resistant infection. 🦎____________________________________________________
Diagnostics like a bacterial and/or fungal culture & sensitivity are very valuable because they tell us exactly what species of organism (bacteria and/or fungus) are causing infection and then they tell us exactly what medications (antibiotics/antifungals) are effective in eradicating these infections. Culture/Sensitivity isn't always necessary but often recommended. 🦎____________________________________________________
Pet owners are commonly discouraged to do them because it's an expensive diagnostic but if your veterinarian recommends it I would trust their judgement. FYI we didn't originally pursue C&S with Stryder and his infection didn't resolve with initial trial treatment so this diagnostic was very important for his recovery. Lucky for Stryder, his owner is quite responsible and he lives a great life in captivity
Playing with African wildlife, drinking wine and enjoying gorgeous Malibu, California...def a fabulous way to spend a morning 💁♂️ I also happened to be filming with @NBC for @1stlooktv at #malibuwinesafari with @iamashleyroberts and we had way too much fun! Check us out on NBC tomorrow night after SNL. You won't wanna miss "Stanley" the Giraffe 😋@malibusafaris
I LOVE lizards and the #uromastyx is maybe the most unique kind of lizard around😬
Their forms of visual communication amongst themselves forces biologists to get very creative when trying to understand why these lizards do what they do, lol. See the #reptile shenanigans for yourself from the link in my bio @go90 by @vice 🦎🤙
CAPTION THIS!-What is going thru my head right now?😄🤔
Catching & relocating alligators is dangerous but crocodilians (=alligators, crocodiles, gharials, caimans) are my favorite wildlife to work with! They're basically living dinosaurs! Crocs have changed very little evolutionarily over the last hundreds of millions of years and that's for a reason.
They're extremely successful ambush predators and have several adaptations for this including lethal speed (short term bursts), camouflage, thick nictitating membranes (their 3rd eyelids protect their eyes), armor plated scutes/scales, sensitive jaws (to detect movement via changes in pressure underwater), formidable bite force, and the list goes on.
I LOVE CROCODILES!
Photo credit @joey._.brown 😜
And did you know I do standup comedy 🤣👎Regardless, if you like Llamas then def follow the @go90 link in my bio for another super fun & interesting @vice story! And have you ever seen a prosthetic leg on a Llama?? Me neither 😬. Llamas are basically the South American version of a Camel but smaller and without humps. And like camels they might spit when agitated 😲💦. Baby Llamas are called a #cria (pronounced Kree-uh) and they're so stinkin adorable 🙊🤗 Tell me what you think of the full video story! #llama #llaminated #llamagetyou #presidentollama #ollamabinladenisaspitter #llamabefriends?
Yesterday was #WorldHabitatDay and I'd like to carry that over today to spotlight a habitat in peril, #PuertoRico . PR has been through the ringer this hurricane season and all of their "habitats" have been destroyed. These poor people and pets and wildlife are barely finding the resources they need to survive and my heart goes out to them. One of many organizations doing everything they can for animals in need is 'Veterinarians for Puerto Rico' (Facebook @VetsforPR). Their info is on the first image of this post and they'll thankfully accept any help they can get. Idk what the world is coming to but I'm proud of all the support from you guys during these crazy times! Stay safe 👍 #hurricaneanimals #hurricane #PR #shelter #rescue #veterinariansforpuertorico
Connecting with animals is all about getting on their level and being able to read their behaviors. I've learned that the real Dr. Doolittle's of this world don't speak to pets, they "listen" to them. And by that I mean you must observe the animal's behaviors very closely and that directs you how to interact with them. Different species can exhibit very different behaviors and the #1 thing that has helped my "communication" and handling of animals is simply experience. The more time you spend with these creatures, the better you can work with them. #vet #veterinary #babytalk #furbabies #exotics #wildlife #mammal #reptile #bird #medicine #listen #gentle #experience #doctor #doolittle @people @peoplepets @conejovet @wildlifelearningcenter
I'm so proud and thankful for what @vanderpumpdogs / @lisavanderpump and Dr. @johnniesessa do to help save dog & cat victims from the tragic #yulin dog/cat meat festival. They've risked it all to literally go to Yulin, China and document this horrendous event (#TheRoadToYulin documentary) on top of saving 1000's of animals from imminent death by torture. 🐶___________________________________________________ Some things you need to know about #yulindogmeatfestival -it's not ancient tradition, it started in 2010 to bring commerce to this city claiming to celebrate the Summer solstice. Most of the animals acquired for slaughter come from kidnapping people's freaking pets! Could you imagine??...I won't go there; and the remainder of animals are homeless street animals captured by "meat" traders too. 🐱____________________________________________________
The absolute worst thing about this "festival" is how mind-boggling the inhumanity is regarding their slaughter- beaten to death, skinned alive, lit on fire while alive, thrown in boiling water, chopped up alive, etc. Festival-goers believe that spiking the animal's adrenaline immediately prior to killing them will give the consumer energy, vitality, libido, etc. The truth is it won't-zero scientific evidence supports this nonsense. 🐶____________________________________________________
Simply stated-kidnapping people's beloved pets and torturing & killing them to celebrate Summer and get boners is F@CKED UP! This festival needs to change its methods or be terminated. Please bear in mind 10-15 Million dogs and cats are consumed in several Asian counties every year and less than 10,000 of these come from Yulin. Most Asians do not consume dogs/cats or agree with it but it does still persist in many cultures and rural areas. 🐱____________________________________________________ I can't comprehend a culture eating dogs or cats but torturing ANY ANIMAL is completely unacceptable under any circumstance; I don't care what culture or country this happens-it must end and the best thing we can do is spread awareness! Share this with others, the world needs to know!
#FilmingUnderTheInfluence is never a good idea but it's undeniably fun 🤣😛🙀 See me enjoying a nice bottle of wine (or 3) in our latest @vice story @Go90 👍(link in bio!) and let me me know if I look like a fun drunk 😵 I'm more of a whiskey guy but wine can be nice 😬 And who would've thought cats love wine too!? FYI cat wine is basically cat-nip infused beet juice, NON-ALCOHOLIC of course, and many cats can't get enough of it 😻😹@denvercatco #cats #getwasted #brulesrules #drstevebrule #partytime #catnipslips #justthenip #offthewagon #nipandtonic #longislandcatpee #catlady #catman #friskyginger #whiskerontherocks #clawedyasoda #pawale #whiskeyandlitters #whatseemstobetheofficerproblem #wino #catconnoisseur #mywinewasrealbtw #dontdrinkandvet #dontdrinkandhost #dascute
It's #WorldAnimalDay 😃
Meet my animals, they're my best buds and I'd do anything for them! Today's not just about pets though, let's appreciate all the wildlife in the world too! They need every bit as much support so please take a moment to reflect on what significance wildlife has to you and maybe make an effort to support your favorite wild animals ❤️👍. Thanks for celebrating with me and enjoy your #humpday ...just a thought-are camels the theme of World Animal Day this year because it fell on a Wednesday 🤔? #animal #wildlife #pet #conservation #loveonananimalforme😘
As you may know-I LOVE to travel and see what nature has to offer around the world 🌎 That being said, I also think it's important to appreciate what's in your own backyard! And I love to enjoy natural areas everywhere I've lived (#California , #Colorado , #Kansas ). 🌲____________________________________________________ However, littering and polluting can take something beautiful and turn it into a dump and moreover, its hazardous to wildlife. I see this problem allover the globe btw. I'm not insisting you go pick up litter (although that'd be terrific 😁) but please think twice before leaving your trash anywhere other than a trash bin. It's not hard to litter but it's a pain in the rear to clean it up. 🌺___________________________________________________ It's also not hard to put garbage where it belongs. I know most of you guys appreciate Mother Earth and take care of her but make sure to remind others how important it is to keep her clean.
#dontlitter #trashbinsarethereforareason #Britishpeoplecallitarubbishbin #isntthatadorable?🤗 #motherearth deserves #respect #southpark #goobacks #losangeles #WORLDANIMALDAY
I want to share something I've been working on with @vice the last few months and I'm super stoked on it!-"Das Cute"-a fun and very informative online series I hosted for @Go90 😃 We cover animal stories all over the country from different animal rescues to special interest animals and neato medical cases too! Today's episode is all about pigeons-who would've thought these common little birds could be so fascinating!? The link is in my bio and I hope you watch and enjoy! #dascute #pigeon #animal #vice
Charity event at @heiferinternational for promoting, funding and teaching agricultural sustainability and self-reliance in extremely rural and destitute communities around the world including regions in many of my fav countries in #southeast #asia 👍 Many of us take potable water, readily available food, and many luxuries for granted everyday. I can't imagine going to bed hungry and not knowing when my next meal is. I'm thankful for organizations like @heiferinternational that make a difference to end starvation for people living below their means around the globe! #putsthingsinperspective #blessed #thirdworldproblems @elexmichaelson
Red Eared Slider Turtle with 12 eggs! This was a pet but the #RES happen to be an "invasive species" out here in the wilds of California as well as Washington and Oregon. This is because they're considered non-native turtles out west and they're actually native to the Midwest and the South and Eastern continental #USA . 🐢__________________________________________________ The RES's found in California were likely in captivity and then released into the wild. I NEVER recommend releasing pets from captivity into the wild, especially if they're not native to where they're released. Please DO NOT ever release a pet into the wild. It's not fair to that pet and can have extremely negative consequences on that given ecosystem like outcompeting the true natives such as the Western Pond turtle that truly is native to California. 🐢____________________________________________________
Introduced species can wreak havoc on ecosystems they don't belong to for many reasons including outcompeting natives, hunting/killing wildlife (ie Burmese pythons in Florida), being toxic to carnivore natives (ie cane toads in Australia-very poisonous during their breeding season and thereby killing monitor lizards and native predators that eat them) and these problems can destroy the delicate balance of ecosystems and wipe out native species. 🐢____________________________________________________
Did you know that non-native species, including foxes, mice, rabbits and cats, have led to the extinction of >50% of Australia's native marsupial species in the last 200 years! 🐢____________________________________________________
I say this again-NEVER RELEASE ANIMALS INTO THE WILD UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE NON-NATIVE. Thank you, end soap box 😬 And thanks for playing! #happysunday #native #turtle #reptile #ecosystem #balance @conejovet
ARMADILLO! This was a tough one but many of you were correct on yesterday's video post 👍! Armadillos have a unique pelvis for a mammal and a wide tail at its base. Btw-the armadillo featured here IS NOT the same as the skeleton from yesterday 👍. Armadillos are primarily carnivores, insects and invertebrates make up the majority of their diets and they have a thick leathery shell supported by bony plates (aka scutes) supporting it to protect them from predators 🛡. Did you know the Giant Armadillo can grow up to be well over 100 lbs? And did you know their closest relatives are sloths!? Thanks for playing #guesstheanimal and you bonelovers have an awesome weekend! #armadillo #shield #mammal #newworld #skeleton #bonesforboners
Who would've thought a #goat and a #crow could be friends!? My #goatyoga experience combined 2 things I like but never imagined involving one-another. I guess it makes sense considering goats love to climb and yogi's can be considered climbable at times👌🏽😆. FYI this is a #nigeriandwarf goat. Did you know they were originally imported to the US to feed large carnivores in captivity!? These days they're popular among goat hobbyists and make great pets IF you have the space and time and proper diet and patience for them. #goatsarenotherbivorousdogs #theyareherbivoresthough #showmeyourgoat #baaaa @liberationyoga @partygoatsla
THANK YOU to everyone that supported Rhinos over #WorldRhinoDay weekend! And a BIG Thank you for those of you that donated!!! You guys donated >$1000 so I made my $1000 donation today😄. It warms my heart that so many of you care about the plight of the Rhino like myself. I plan to visit #SouthAfrica again, sooner that later, and I'll of course keep you all posted on mine and @rhino911npo 's efforts to conserve Africa's Rhino 🦏🤙🙏 Thanks again and have a wonderful week 😜
THANKS FOR CELEBRATING #WorldRhinoDay WITH ME THIS WEEKEND! I'm still matching donations through tomorrow 🤙☺️And tell me, who would love to give a #Rhino a #bellyrub 🤗🦏?? I can't thank @rhino911npo enough for helping save little orphaned Rhino babies like these ones now being cared for at the @rhinopridefoundation in #SouthAfrica . Breaks my heart that they've all lost their mothers because of a cruel, illegal industry but at least they have a second chance. Thanks again to all of you that have donated to @rhino911npo so they can keep saving Rhinos! And again, I'll personally match donations (up to $1000 from me; FYI vets-to-be: pursue your dreams but don't get into this career for the money 😜)! The link to donate is in my bio and myself, @rhino911npo , and the African Rhinos want to thank you endlessly for your help 🦏! #conservation #africa #saveourrhino #babyrhino #rhinohorndoesntmakeyouhorny #rhinohorndoesntcurecancer #rhinoplacebo #keratindoesntsavelivesorsatisfyyourwoman #modernmedicinesaveslives #viagrasavesboners #alsothankstomodernmedicine #pleasedonate #rhino #thankyou
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Trimming #Rhino horns may be controversial but I can confidently say that a Rhino without it's horns is better than a dead Rhino and we should be thankful for @rhino911npo for helping to protect one of #Africa 's most important mammals. And it's not painful at all, just like trimming your fingernails 😉🦏____________________________________________________
Rhino's horns are indeed one of their adaptations for fending predators, competing for mates, protecting young, digging, and breaking branches for food but that's not their only means of survival and they survive without them. Remember, Rhinos other adaptations for survival include their massive size, heavily armored bodies, incredibly strength, and impressive speed for their size (>30 mph (almost 50 km/hr), much faster than people)! 🦏____________________________________________________
And FYI their horns are simply made of keratin. The same organic material as hair, fingernails, bird beaks, turtle/tortoise shells and more importantly they serve NO, ABSOLUTELY ZERO, medical purposes. Unfortunately, certain Asian cultures believe that consuming Rhino horns can improve your libido and even cure diseases like cancer...there is NO scientific evidence of this because it is NOT TRUE. 🦏____________________________________________________
Regardless, many ignorant people are willing to pay $30,000/pound for Rhino horn and that black market drives poachers to slaughter Africa's Rhinos just for their useless keratin. Please help amazing conservation organizations like @rhino911npo that work to stop poaching and save Rhinos lives (link to donate in bio). 🦏____________________________________________________
I'll be matching donations personally over this weekend because I'm passionate about saving this species and I know our money is going straight to the Rhinos in need. Thank you for viewing, thank you for caring, and a big thank you for donating if you can 🙏 Much love ❤️🦏. Btw, this Rhino was trimmed at @mankwereserve in #SouthAfrica .