One of the MANY feathered friends I spent time with today was Mallory the Mallard duck! She has more personality than I see in most people anymore and she LOVES attention (hence her excitement when I greet her). She likes to be pet but loves to nibble (not that it hurts at all) especially if you have shoelaces, luckily I wore boots (right after recording she chased me down and didn't want me to leave).😂👢💡 It's very easy to notice that something is different about Mallory. She has a condition known as Angel Wing in both wings that affect the joints. It can be either hereditary or due to lack of nutrients that are essential to bone growth, causing the wings to deform and bend outward. It can possibly be treated if it is a young duck still in development, but as an adult, it is for life which unfortunately is the case with Mallory. Without the proper use of her wings, she cannot be released into the wild. And quite frankly, I think she's too spoiled to want to be let out into the wild. 😍💖👑
My brother's favorite animals has always been the lizards, when we were little we had a lizard called Rex.
Since then I always liked them 😊.
Colombia had one of the most beautiful I've seen in my life.
#DentalDisease in #beardeddragons appears to be more prevalent in captivity than in the wild. These images show severe periodontal disease. There is inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), recession of the gums and calculus buildup on the teeth. X-rays show lytic lesions indicating osteomyelitis.⠀
It appears there are a few factors which contribute to dental disease in lizards:⠀
1. Inappropriate nutrition – overfeeding of softer foods such as fruit and insects can lead to plaque formation as the food accumulates around the teeth. ⠀
2. Infection – as plaque builds up, this leads to infection and gingivitis of the gums. Typically, in early infections, gram positive cocci are present then as plaque matures organisms include anaerobes, gram negatives and spirochetes⠀
3. Trauma- such as nose rubbing on glass or bone weakened by nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism (MBD) can lead to facial deformities (rubber jaw) or malalignment of the jaws. ⠀
Treatment usually involves the following: ⠀
1. Addressing the underlying causes – husbandry and diet modification⠀
2. Culture and sensitivity – for appropriate anti-microbial choice⠀
3. Dental x-rays – to assess for boney lytic lesions suggestive of osteomyelitis⠀
4. Anesthetized oral exam and dental cleaning – to remove the superficial calculus buildup and deep debridement of bone⠀
5. Long-term monitoring and home care with chlorhexidine oral flushes and tooth brushing. ⠀
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