Pet Week: Where to take a sick iguana

At the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine we get a glimpse into the challenges of owning and caring for New York's most unusual animals.

By Salon Staff

Published February 12, 2009 11:06AM (EST)

Birds, ferrets, bunnies and reptiles get their checkups at Manhattan's  Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine. The hospital doesn't see venemous snakes or large farm animals; however, the cases are unique. The veterinarians recently performed plastic surgery on a goldfish whose ornamental wen had grown over its eyes preventing it from seeing (and thus, eating) its food.  We visited the hospital to learn how caring for a bird, a rodent or a reptile differs from caring for a dog or cat.

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