Exotic Animal Care Center News
Spring 2015

Dear friends, 

Time sure flies, and Spring is here already. We didn't have much of a winter this year, did we? As many of you know, I am originally from New York, and I still have family there. So I like to compare weather reports with my relatives, and tell them about the bright blue sky and sunshine, while they huddle in their sweaters with the heat blasting. I tried to come up with the top 10 ways that we can tell its winter in Southern California, but I only came up with 4: 

1. We turn off the AC
2. We break out the hoodie
3. We wear shoes instead of flip flops (though not always)
4. We can't tell its winter!!

Moving on, we have some announcements.  We have some wonderful new people who have joined our staff. 

Aprile Blair is our new Practice Manager. She is a smart chick hailing from South Carolina, and she is available to help you with any management concerns. We have two new veterinarians that are working part time. Dr. Curtis Eng is a very experienced veterinarian, with over 20 years of experience at the LA Zoo. He is great with birds and rodents, and really loves reptiles. Dr. Michelle Jack is very experienced with all exotic pets, from all of her years working at Wilshire Animal Hospital. Dr. Tiffany Margolin is still working part time as well. 

Thanks to our part-time veterinary help, I can finally visit family in New York again. I will be out of the hospital 4/27-4/30. Hopefully it will be warm enough in New York by then!

Sari Kanfer
Exotic Animal Care Adoptables 




Ringo and Georgia are an adorable bonded pair, born March 2014.  Both rabbits are healthy, with great personalities!






These two sweet bonded pairs, Logan and Kleea and Alvin and Lily, need to find a new home. Their owner is ill and going through personal difficulties. 
Logan and Kleea: Logan was born in early 2010.  He loves to be cuddled and held, and will give you bunny kisses. He loves Kleea! He is a bit stiff but still active. He has a chronic abscess on the left of his face, and needs minor molar snipping every 2-3 months. Kleea likes to be petted but she is more on the shy side.  She loves to be near Logan.

Alvin and Lily: Alvin is a calm, sweet little guy. He has no ears and splayed front legs, but he binkies & gets around well. Alvin was born in late 2011. Lily is very sweet, mellow and loves to eat treats from your hands. She'll come running when you approach her.  Lily has no known health issues.  Lily is approximately 7 years old.






Willow and Gladys: Willow is a 6 year old neutered male brown lop-eared rabbit. He has E-cuniculi and developed headtilt last year. His illness has resolved, and now he just looks at life from a different angle.  He is a nice bunny and loves to cuddle with his girlfriend Gladys. She is a completely healthy 5 year old spayed female white rabbit.



Zorro is a 4 year old gray neutered male Dwarf rabbit. He is very sweet and enjoys being petted as well as racing around and exploring. He has dental issues which require minimal care and will be discounted. He lost his bonded mate and is looking for a friend.

Storm and Wolverine are an adorable bonded pair, both born April of 2012. Storm is a black and white blue eyed Netherland dwarf, and Wolverine is a gray neutered male holland lop.




Marshmellow is a white Satin spayed 2 year old bunny that was dropped by a child and now cannot walk. She is very sweet and enjoys being petted. Marshy is looking for a loving home with a bunny parent that can spend time with her in her wheelchair. 





Nickel is an adorable 2 year old neutered male rabbit. He is sweet and curious, likes to be petted and explore. He was given up by his owner who couldn't afford to treat his dental abscesses. We performed surgery to fix his abscesses, and going forward he will only require minor dental maintenance.  PLEASE NOTE:  Nickel and Turtledove (pictured below) are a bonded pair and need to be adopted together. 









Turtledove is an extremely cuddly bunny! She prefers to be held daily, as much as possible. She enjoys exploring and begging for attention. Turtledove is a 3 year old spayed female rabbit. She had a tooth root abscess that has been treated, and her dental issues are mild.  If adopted, Turtledove's future costs of dental care will be heavily discounted. Turtle just wants someone to love her! And how can you resist those baby blue eyes! PLEASE NOTE:  Turtledove and Nickel (pictured above) are a bonded pair and need to be adopted together. 



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


Welcome to the Wonderful World of Reptiles!

by Dr. Curtis Eng

Reptiles are fascinating creatures with species specific requirements, and correct husbandry is paramount to your friend's health and happiness. Schedule a visit with a veterinarian who specializes in exotic medicine soon after you bring your reptile home. During this wellness visit, the veterinarian will do a complete physical and will determine if any infections or health issues are present and will also help educate you about proper care to prevent health problems in the future. THE MAJORITY OF ILLNESSES IN REPTILES ARE CAUSED BY IMPROPER OR INSUFFICIENT HUSBANDRY, so it is extremely important to learn how to properly care for your reptile. An experienced exotic pet veterinarian can help to educate you. Information found on the internet should be backed by veterinarians who have experience with exotics pets.
Despite all the differences in husbandry present in the reptile world, there are a few things they have in common and parameters that need to be monitored daily.

TEMPERATURE: Maintaining the correct temperature is extremely important for the health of reptiles. The habitat should provide a temperature gradient, so that one end of the enclosure is warmer, and the other end is cooler. Reptiles cannot control their own body temperature, so they move from hot areas to cooler areas as needed to control their internal temperature. Each type of reptile has its own Preferred Optimal Temperature Zone (POTZ), a range of temperatures at which that species will grow and thrive. Furnishing your reptile's enclosure with rocks or other species-appropriate objects will allow additional temperature gradients, and will allow your reptile to hide or climb to satisfy his natural instincts. 

Generally, the minimum temperature should be no lower than 75*F and the maximum should not exceed 100*F, but remember this will vary with your specific type of reptile. Heat lights should be used to provide the warmth that reptiles need. The goal is to warm the entire environment, including the air in the enclosure. Heat rocks and under tank heat pads can be dangerous, because they do not supply sufficient heat, and the reptile will get burned from close contact. Red bulbs and ceramic heat emitters are recommended to supply heat without light, to avoid artificial daylight 24 hours a day. 

It is essential that a thermometer is used to measure the temperature inside the habitat. The thermometers that adhere to the side of the tank are not accurate and should not be used. Invest in a good digital thermometer and place it in several different areas to make sure that you are creating a temperature gradient consistent with your reptile's POTZ. 

UVA/UVB LIGHT: Reptiles require both UVA and UVB rays. The UVB rays supply Vitamin D3 that allows reptiles to absorb the calcium in their diet. Without UVB, reptiles cannot absorb calcium and will get very sick. Calcium is required to keep your pet at its healthiest and is necessary for almost every bodily function. Calcium absorption is especially important in young, growing reptiles, and females that are producing eggs. Species who live outside get their UVA/UVB requirements from the sun but for those kept indoors, it is critical to provide a source for UVA/UVB rays. The UVA/UVB bulb may mimic sunlight, but direct sunlight is best for all reptiles. Sun filtered through glass loses the important UVB rays, so it is recommended to take your reptile outdoors in a controlled, secure manner for sun exposure several times a week. For indoor UVA/UVB bulbs, ideally get a long fluorescent style bulb so that the entire tank receives the light. The good wavelengths of light will decrease over time, so it is important to replace this bulb every 6 months. When you are purchasing your bulb, make sure to read the box carefully to ensure that it truly supplies UVB radiation in the 290-320nm range. 

HUMIDITY: Humidity requirements vary greatly between reptile species. Sustaining the correct percentage of humidity within the habitat is vital to the well-being of reptiles and will help prevent a host of different diseases. An accurate hygrometer is the only way to measure humidity levels.

SUBSTRATE: The bottom of your tank should be covered with a species appropriate substrate to help maintain heat and humidity. Many types of substrate are available but generally, reptile carpet is preferred. This carpet can be removed from the tank, washed, disinfected and then reused. Sand in any form should be avoided, as it commonly causes impaction when the reptile ingests it. Bark can be a problem as well, if it is small enough to fit in your reptile's mouth. Sometimes reptiles will accidentally ingest bark or bedding material while they are eating their normal food or prey item, so you may need to feed them in an area without bark or other small bedding types. 

FURNITURE: Reptiles need a place to hide within their enclosure. This will decrease stress if your reptile feels threatened and needs a place to get out of sight. Ensure the hiding place is big enough for the reptile's entire body to fit in. Furniture is needed by some reptiles to help them shed, especially snakes and lizards. There are many options available at most pet stores but something as simple as a coconut shell, thick foliage from a non-toxic plant, or a good sized tree branch can be used. 

WATER: As with all living creatures, reptiles need access to clean water. A good, fresh water source should be available at all times. The way reptiles drink is varied. Some will not drink from a water bowl, and others will submerge themselves completely. Chameleons drink drops of water hanging from leaves. It is important to learn about the particular needs of your reptile.
Education is key to the health of all reptiles, and proper care and husbandry will allow a long and enjoyable relationship with your pet. 

"Reptiles and amphibians are sometimes thought of as primitive, dull and dimwitted. In fact, of course, they can be lethally fast, spectacularly beautiful, surprisingly affectionate and very sophisticated." -David Attenborough


Meet Chiquita Banana.....


Chiquita on the mend!
....the newest addition to Kanfer Rescue! She came to us in early March with a large abscess on her lower mandible which her former owner could not afford to treat. Chiquita required surgery as well as radiographs, bloodwork, and post-operative care, including oral and injectable medications, syringe feeding, and numerous medical progress exams. After receiving a course of antibiotics, pain medications, and being fed all the right foods, Chiquita was healthy enough to undergo surgery. 

At the time of surgery, Dr. Kanfer discovered the abscess was located at the root of her left incisor (her front tooth) which had to be extracted. Some of her molars (the back teeth) had to be trimmed down because they were too long, most likely caused by a poor diet before coming to EACC. After surgery, Chiquita had to be syringe fed every 3-4 hours since she was not able to eat on her own, and received a number of oral and injectable pain medications and antibiotics. Now, she is recovering well, eating on her own, and taking only a few medications! 

Chiquita before her abscess surgery.  Look at the size of that abscess!
Kanfer Rescue occasionally will take in needy animals such as Chiquita in the hopes to nurse them back to health and find them forever homes. In cases such as Chiquita, the costs can add up quickly, and any donations to Kanfer Rescue at EACC for Chiquita's care would be greatly appreciated!  



  Mark Your Calendars!  


Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue Presents 2015 Free Rabbit Care Seminars at Exotic Animal Care Center, hosted by Dr. Sari Kanfer of Exotic Animal Care Center and Cat Logsdon, founder of Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue. Download the flyer for 2015 dates and for more information.  The next seminar in the series will be held Sunday, May 17th, from noon to 3 p.m.


Prescriptions and Prescription Refills
In order for us to serve you better and have your prescription ready on time, please give us 24 hours notice on all prescriptions and prescription refills.  Thank you for your cooperation!  
 Donations to Exotic Animal Care Center  
We occasionally admit 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 always 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.  

And, we also have some animals, such as Chiquita, shown above, that are relinquished to us that have major health issues, which can become costly.


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!

Towel Donations


We are in need of new or gently used towels, of any size, at the clinic.  If you are able to make a towel donation we would very much appreciate it!  We use them many times a day, for appointments, grooming, and inside the enclosures of pets that are staying for the day at the clinic. 



There is a comment box at our reception desk. Please feel free to write down your comments, suggestions, or feedback for us. We are always looking for ways to improve ourselves to better serve you and your pets.

Thank You For Letting Us Take Care of Your Exotic Pets!

2121 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91107