Solving Sticky Situations with Dr. K

Exotic animals call for exotic cures and it’s up to Dr. K and Dr. Thielen to fix up every patient that flies, walks, or crawls through their doors. Last time on Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, things got a little sticky: a cockatiel flew into a fly trap, a bunny’s gastrointestinal tract is obstructed, and two sister rabbits just can’t seem to cooperate. Every medical mystery is a race against the clock for the two doctors, and it’s their job to solve the puzzle – even if it means improvising on the spot. Here’s this week’s recap of the Dr. K episode Sticky Pixie and Trixie Too!

Fly Trapped

Photo of yellow cockatiel
Macho the Cockatiel after acetone wash (Photograph by National Geographic Channels)

Owners of a newly-adopted cockatiel needed a professional’s help after their pet bird flew into an adhesive fly trap. With his wings nearly glued together, Macho the cockatiel was left pretty powerless. His sticky feathers and stiff body prevented him from eating for three days. Shocked that Macho even survived that long without food, Dr. Thielen immediately thought of a solution to loosen up the guck: acetone.

Acetone is commonly used to remove the sticky tape off catheters and Dr. Thielen figured it would work on Macho’s feathers without harming the skin.  Luckily, the acetone worked and Macho was set free.

Road Blocked

Freezer undergoing exploratory surgery
Freezer undergoing exploratory surgery (Photograph by National Geographic Channels)

Freezer the bunny was rushed to the ER to remove a blockage in her gastrointestinal tract. Though this was Freezer’s fourth time with this problem, this time called for emergency surgical procedures. Dr. K decided to take Freezer to the operating table to conduct an exploratory surgery to identify what was causing such severe abdomen trouble. Without the ability to vomit, rabbits are more susceptible to obstructions in the digestive tract, preventing the stomach from releasing food. If left untreated, a bunny could go into shock and die.  Though Freezer’s previous abdominal obstructions were cured with medicine, Dr. K informed the owner that a risky surgery is necessary to save Freezer’s life. On the operating table, Dr. K discovered that the obstruction was caused by a wad of hair.

Dr. K was able to successfully remove the matted piece of fur and Freezer’s digestive tract was up and running again.

Friendship Dilemma

picture of two bunnies in a cage
(Photograph by National Geographic Channels)

Rabbits Cindy and Trixie are admitted into Dr. K’s ‘bunny bonding boot-camp’ when the highly territorial sisters can’t stop fighting. The seemingly sweet animals have territorial instincts that bring out a vicious side that could lead to lethal wounds. In the bonding camp, Dr. K will use a splash of water or a shove of a broom when the siblings begin to fight. By repetition, Dr. K is able to train the rabbits to live peacefully in the same space.

Check in with these two warring-siblings after their stay at Dr. K’s Bunny Bonding Camp. See how the two bunny sisters, Cindy and Trixie, are doing now that they’re back home and feeling the love once again:

Stay tuned for next week’s episode of Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER on Saturday at 9/8c to see how the two doctors solve the next batch of exotic puzzles!