Exotic Animal Care Center News
 March/April 2011

Dear Friends,

I hope you will stop by at our Exotic Pet Fair this Saturday, March 12. We will be celebrating our one year anniversary with an event that highlights the joys of sharing our lives with unique species. There will be pets for adoption, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas. You'll be able to meet wild animals from Whittier Narrows Nature Center, including an opossum, an owl, a snake, and other critters. Ferrets Anonymous will be present to promote their furry weasels, and a hedgehog rescuer will discuss hedgehog care. You can give a belly rub to a pot bellied pig and ask it to sit on command. There will be lots and lots of toys and treats to get for your furry buddy from Bunny Bunch and Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue. There will be snacks and drinks available, and a raffle to raise money for the sick homeless exotic pets that our hospital has taken in and treated, performed surgery on as needed, and adopted out to new homes. We will also have exciting talks as well - learn how to bond your bunnies or guinea pigs, or find out more about caring for an exotic pet you've been thinking of getting. You can also find out how acupuncture works, and when it can be used to help animals.

We have been so busy that we have had to open up another day! Starting March 7, we will be offering Monday hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Because we have been busy, please try to call a week or several days in advance to schedule routine appointments, and two weeks in advance to schedule routine surgeries. We will always work in emergency appointments, so if your pet is sick call us right away and we will squeeze you in.  And please call us when your pet shows the FIRST signs of being abnormal, however minor it seems. Exotic pets are notorious for hiding signs of illness until they are deathly ill, and they can go downhill very quickly, within a few hours, and die. Annual wellness exams are helpful because we can discuss how best to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Spring is coming, and with it comes warmer temperatures. Please be careful to avoid overheating and heat stroke, especially in rabbits and little furry creatures. Ideally, keep these pets indoors in an air conditioned area. If you have outdoor rabbits, make sure they always have access to shade and protection from the sun, as well as constant access to water. In the wild, rabbits spend the midday hottest hours snoozing in underground burrows, which are very cool. Some people set up a misting system to help their rabbits remain cool. Contact us or a rabbit rescue group for more information or advice on preventing heat stroke.

Dr. Sari Kanfer


EACC Exotic Pet Fair
Saturday, March 12, 2011, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Meet rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, reptiles, pot-bellied pigs, opossums, birds and many more!    


Who Will Be Joining Us? 

Zooh Corner, Bunny Bunch and Bunny Bunch Boutique, Ferrets Anonymous, LA Pet Rescue, and Orange County Cavy Heaven.  Whittier Narrows Nature Center will be bringing an owl and some other wild critters. 


Fascinating Talks too!

   At noon, Caroline with Bunny Bunch will tell you how to get your bunny a honey!  At 1 p.m.,  Dr. Sari Kanfer and Dr. Tiffany Margolin will help you decide what pet is right for you.  And at 2:30 p.m, Dr. Margolin will discuss Eastern Medicine for the Western Pet.    We hope you can join us for this informative, fun filled day!  


Come See Dr. Kanfer...


Ferrets Anonymous Annual Round-Up   

Saturday, March 26, 2011, Pasadena Humane Society, 361 South Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105. 626-792-7151.  Event starts at 10:00 a.m.  First speaker starts at 11 a.m. and potluck lunch is at noon.

The Round-Up is Ferrets Anonymous' only fundraising activity of the year. 
Guest speakers and Pot Luck Lunch-paper goods and lemonade and ice tea provided.  Dr. Kanfer will be speaking at 2 p.m.  

Vendor tables - please let Claudia know if you are interested in selling at the phone number below. 

Photo contest - bring your favorite pictures; Silent Auction; White Elephant - used ferret items you may no longer need but someone else would want.

For more information, call Claudia at 626-358-6027 or call 626-327-2917 the day of the event.  Entrance Fee is $10. 

 Animal Adoption Update at EACC and Other Animals for Adoption!



  2 SINGLE guinea pigs for adoption.  Scooter and Max, males both about 1.5 years old, shy. 

    Cinnabun is a 5 year old spayed female lionhead, very sweet. Owner had to give her up because he couldn't afford to take care of her - she had a bladder stone and some calcification in her kidneys. Her bloodwork shows her kidneys are functioning fine, & she recovered quickly from her stone removal surgery last week. 

     Chlorine: A red eared slider water turtle, found at Cal Tech. She had head trauma and is now blind. But, she still swims and suns herself, and appears happy. She needs to be hand fed a few days a week, but it's fun to feed her and she loves to eat her little shrimps! 

     Loki:  A male neutered rabbit, reddish tan in color, he was abandoned at Dr. Domotor's Animal House as a baby, with both rear legs fractured. He is very healthy and sweet, and is eager to get a girlfriend. He flirts with and grooms whatever rabbits are penned nearby.

    Isis:  Also abandoned at Domotor's, Isis is a healthy spayed female rabbit, reddish tan, about 2 years old. She is outgoing and friendly. She is a medium sized rabbit with big feet.       
   Peanut:  If you want a cute older bunny that thinks the litter box is just there to hold the hay, then Peanut is for you. He is a 7 year old, neutered brown dwarf with those cute little ears. He was a classroom bunny until his left eye was injured. It healed with a scar, but he doesn't notice.
  Rosebud: She survived Santee Alley and bottle feeding, then was attacked by a cat. Her back was broken, she was in shock and had a bad wound on her head but she survived! Because she was so young and the back injury was so far down her back, she has completely recovered. She races back and forth at high speed, and loves to perch on top of a box. She is about 7-8 months old, and is an adorable petite little white bunny with red eyes.
   Petie: Is he really up for adoption? If the right person came along, that could give him the care he needs. Petie is an 8 year old neutered black and white rex rabbit who is an ex-classroom pet.  He has a spinal injury and can't use his hind legs. He needs his bladder expressed twice a day, and needs his butt bathed and shaved regularly. What he really needs is someone to spend time cuddling him and perhaps even get him into a bunny wheelchair.         

Please call us at 626-405-1777 or email Kim if you are interested in any of the animals above. 

photosPhotos of Animals for Adoption

RosebudRosebud Scooter


Contributions to EACC
We are always getting in local wildlife that needs our help and in these cases, EACC pays for the care and medications to make these animals well again.  Additionally, we have a few individuals who are struggling to cover their EACC bills, as well as rescue organizations whose bills mount up quickly helping rescued and homeless animals.


If you have a few dollars or more to spare, EACC welcomes donations to help cover the costs of care for these animals.  We appreciate any help you can give.  Thank you!

Adjusting and Needling Your Pet
A Real Solution to Pain

By Tiffany Margolin, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, NAET Certified


I am writing this article because so many of your pets suffer quietly with hip and back pain.  The great news is that there are non-pharmaceutical options that really work.


Are those of you with Maltese or Shitzus about to skip reading this?  Don't.  It's not only the large breeds or long-backed breeds that suffer from back pain.  In fact, almost all active dogs have some degree of back or neck discomfort over time, because they're all "weekend warriors" at heart!  But don't expect your pet to whine or complain; perhaps the most you will ever see are a tail that isn't wagging, a slower gait, or stiffness when getting up.  Just because your dog forgets his pain when he's running and excited doesn't mean he or she doesn't feel it.


Chiropractic treatment evolved when doctors recognized that some types of  pain were related directly to joint immobility. ANY JOINT can experience such dysfunction, inlcluding all of the fibrous joints of the spine, and the "seams" between the flat bones of the skull.  In the spine, small "subluxations" of joints are actually partial dislocations.  Ouch!  You can imagine the body's reaction to that.  Your pet's back muscles and ligaments spasm and they walk stiffly, with tail down, or a slightly rounded back.  No, your dog or cat will not whimper, they just grit their teeth and bear the discomfort.  In this case, chiropractic treatment may be the ideal choice. Even severe arthritis in an older pet's back may do well with chiropractic manipulation. This is because it is not the bony arthritis itself causing the pain, but the soft tissue around the arthritic areas, and that can be moved.  In veterinary chiropractic, often a spring-loaded "activator" is used to gently tap the vertebrae back into place with minimal distress to your pet.



Used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine, acupuncture  could still not be fully explained by modern scientific methods.  Now, however, studies have found that the actual nerve endings, receptors and neurotransmitters are affected by acupuncture.  There are definitely endorphins and pain-blocking substances released when the tiny needles are inserted properly and by a knowledgeable professional. 


Prior to a first acupuncture consult it is important to have a thorough physical exam on your pet and any bloodwork or xrays indicated to help define the problem.  Your  integrative veterinarian will offer the most appropriate treatments, of which acupunture may be one. 


Acupuncture may be the best option when disc disease, soft tissue muscle or ligament pain, or inoperable arthritis is present.  In addition, chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer or a seizure disorder may respond well to acupuncture in combination with Chinese herbs.  This becomes the arena of the veterinary acupuncturist.  He or she will review the diagnosis and reexamine your pet to complete the assessment.  Then the first session may be conducted.  In most cases, even a nervous pet will readily accept needle placement.  The needles are tiny, and inserted swiftly and gently.  Once the needles are in place, you and your furry child can relax and sit together for 20 to 30 minutes, an experience most animals aren't used to having at an animal hospital.  They appreciate the nap, and when you come for the next visit, are often much less nervous about the experience.  The effects of the treatment will be evident from immediately to 48 hours after your visit.


You can call our offices to schedule an appointment for acupuncture services, or call us to learn more. 


Thank You for Supporting Exotic Animal Care Center!  We truly appreciate you and your precious pets!

2121 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91107