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Dr. Susan Kelleher owns and operates one of the busiest exotic animal care practices located in South Florida, Broward Avian and Exotics Animal Hospital. "Everything but dogs and cats. If it will fit through the door, I'll treat it!" is Dr. K's motto. And through the door they come. Rabbits, reptiles and birds of all shapes and sizes, foxes, ferrets, fish, marsupials, and even primates all on Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER.
Dr. K tackles a series of tricky surgeries including a bunny nose job with a precarious power tool entry. Dr. K must carefully calculate measurements to avoid boring a hole into the bunny's mouth or brain. The doctor also sees a bird with a broken leg that requires a series of tiny pins to stabilize the bone. Finally, Dr. K removes an overgrown tooth from a prairie dog, and new doctor Lauren Thielen attempts her first rat neuter.
Dr. K must quickly perform an intricate surgery to remove more than a dozen eggs from the tortoise. An owner expects to hear the worst when she brings in her corn snake with some discolored scales. Finally, Dr. K has a galago as a patient for the first time! Also known as a bush baby, this one comes in for neutering, but other things become apparent once the surgery begins.
Dr. K treats Cece, a veiled chameleon who is clearly egg-bound. The only way the eggs are coming out is through surgical intervention. But a veiled chameleon is a very small patient, making the procedure difficult. The doctor also sees long-time patient Fletcher, a red lored Amazon, who has a mass in the sinus cavity. She takes Fletcher to surgery for an endoscopy, but quickly realizes that he is too weak to handle the anesthesia.
While Dr. K and Dr. Diaz are at a veterinary conference, Dr. Thielen will be on her own. The minute the seasoned doctors are off to the conference, Dr. Thielen gets an emergency call from a client with a lemur! Dr. Thielen doesn't have much experience with primates, let alone lemurs, and this one has a broken toe. Next, Dr. Thielen has her hands full dealing with a chicken with a prolapsed cloaca, an itchy guinea pig named Lucky and a wellness check with a litter-box-trained Russian tortoise.
Dr. K starts this challenging day with Chloe, a 6-year-old guinea pig who is having a seizure. A catheter is inserted to get fluids and medications into the guinea pig. Dr. K then moves on to Jed, a ferret who was once bright and active, but now has a fever and is completely lethargic. Dr. K thinks he may have perforated his intestine, but it is even worse than she feared. Suddenly a cockatiel arrives, bleeding from the mouth. Dr. Diaz rushes her to the surgery room, with Dr. K close behind. At the end of the day, Dr. Thielen must help a woman say goodbye to a cherished pet.
Some days are more about educating pet parents than treating patients. Dr. K confronts an owner who is taking their marmoset on public outings. This is extremely dangerous for the marmoset and humans, as diseases can pass between them. Dr. Diaz sees a kinkajou with a breathing problem. The owners are making a husbandry mistake by keeping their house too cold for her. Kinkajous are from the much warmer climates of southern Mexico and Central and South America. Finally, Dr. K gets to see the fruits of her labor as she joins the South Florida Wildlife Center for a rehabbed pelican release.
Dr. Susan Kelleher(Dr. Susan Kelleher)
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