43: That’s unusual!



Is it a fish, is it a bird – or is it just a toxic mess? We look at the amazing fish-bird found in China. A kelpie sells for a record price in Australia. In our last news story Mark gets angry, very angry, about some ‘facts’ of the Jurassic world film.

Our main topic this week is in response to an email from a long-time subscriber. Tom asks ‘how do I encourage veterinary staff to get excited about unusual and exotic pets?’ Listen on and we will try to help answer this, and more questions or is that answers?!

Links:

Half-fish half-bird found in China

Working dog sells for record price

Fact checking Jurassic world

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42: Heavy Breathing



A new species of armoured dinosaur has been identified and we report on this gorgeous, yet extinct, animal in our first news story. Brendan is sad, and his dogs know it; Mark is excited about a sun bear birth in the UK and is the pet trade killing off species? We find out – because we get the big stories.

Respiratory diseases in rats and mice is our main topic this week. An important topic, chronic respiratory disease is endemic in pet rodents – certainly a topic not to sneeze at.

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Links:

Scientists discover new species of armored dinosaur that lived 76 million years ago

Dogs know when we are sad

Birth of a sun bear cub in UK

Trading in extinction: how the pet trade is killing off many animal species

Chemical Essentials. Cleaning and disinfection products and solutions for a wide variety of industries throughout Australia, as well as specific markets in New Zealand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. The sole importer of the internationally acclaimed F10SC Disinfectant and its related range of advanced cleaning, personal hygiene and animal skin care products.

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41: Spewing!



Welcome to the VetGurus podcast! Where else can you find out how to stop seagulls getting drunk, learn about a new species of venomous snake, hear about breeding rhinos in Australia and debate the pros and cons of animal research? Nowhere else! That’s why you listen (sometimes) and why we provide you with the best (or maybe the most obscure) news items.. and keep the emails coming in with news items for us to share.

Our main topic this week is vomiting in dogs. Brendan and Mark chat about cases of ‘garbage guts’ – acute vomiting in dogs. They discuss their top 10 – or maybe 20 – tips for dealing with these cases, such as how long do you ‘rest the gut’? What diagnostics to consider (or not)?

Links:

Drunk seagulls

Rhinos in Australia?

New species of venomous snake discovered

Animal research: Necessary evil?

The Joint Conference of the Asian Society of Conservation Medicine (ASCM) and the Wildlife Disease Association Australasia (WDAA) in Bali Oct 28th to 29th 2018

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40: You bought a what?



A flight crew springs to action to help a French Bulldog. How smart are birds? – we find out – sort of; and a discussion of wild animals helping us in the garden are news items this week. Our final news item is about an incursion of the varroa honey bee mite into Melbourne, Australia.

This weeks main topic? Here it is: Illegal pets. Brendan and mark discuss the complex factors at play when dealing with illegal pets – from the massive money involved in the trade of these animals, the threat they are to ecosystems – both from zoonoses and competing with native species, and the decisions to make when presented with these animals at a veterinary clinic.

Our product review this week is the Clarius C7 wireless portable veterinary ultrasound. Brendan had the opportunity to trial this ultrasound in his practice recently and he found it very user-friendly, in fact a joy to use compared to traditional ultrasounds. Brendan checks out another Clarius ultrasound soon and he will score these products in a later podcast.

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Links:

Clarius C7 Veterinary Ultrasound

Illegal trade in wildlife

Flight crew helps French Bulldog

How smart are birds?

Wild animals help guard your garden

Varroa mites detected in Melbourne, Australia

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39: Sweet



Here we go again with topical veterinary news, information and lame jokes. Mark is seeing a run on nutritional deficits in patients presented to Sugarloaf Animal Hospital, which leads to a discussion of home made versus commercial foods for pets. Flat faced rabbits are in the news for all the wrong reasons, and we find out how bees may save elephants from train collisions. Poncho the Police Dog in in the news for his resuscitation play. On our final news story we chat about snail-sucking snakes- why not?

Ferrets are our main topic this week. In particular, we discuss insulinomas in pet ferrets. We cover the diagnosis, treatment options and possible causes of this relatively common condition. And, as usual, Mark has a theory….

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Links:

Brachycephalic rabbits – information here and here

Elephants colliding with trains and how to avoid

5 new species of snail-sucking snakes discovered

Poncho the Police Dog

Cockatiel that speaks guinea pigs

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38: WildVet



How should we talk to dogs? We finds out all about ‘dog speak’ in our first news item. Dachshunds are popular pets in the UK –  should they be? A good news story to finish: a dog saves a young boy from a dryer.

Dr David Middleton is our star guest and main topic for this week. David is the owner of Mt. Mary vineyard in the Yarra Vallet wine region of Melbourne, Australia. Not only is he famous for his wonderful wines, David mentored Brendan when he was a zoo veterinarian. We sit down with David to discuss wildlife medicine, tell a few stores, and David tells us a wonderful story from his days working as a zoo veterinarian in the field. A wonderful man and a person we could chat to for much longer. We expect we will have David back on our podcast in the future. The interview was done at the Australian Veterinary Association annual conference.

Product review Mark scores a 8.6 for the : Alivecor vet ECG monitor  

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Links:

Mt. Mary Winery

European Wasps

Dog Speak

Dachshunds as pets in Britain

Dog saves boy from tumble dryer

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37: I am Gout



Bees get stressed – really! Good news about the wild jaguars of Mexico, and Mark is talking to dogs and trying to stop cats eating wildlife. In other news Brendan and Mark finally catch up on some emails, and we announce or new sponsors.

Gout in reptiles is the main topic this week. We discuss what it is, the signs of gout in reptiles, diagnostic steps and treatment options.

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36: Death can be Fatal



Birds can see Earth’s magnetic fields – we find out how. A dog saves a child lost in the Australian outback, predators help farmers and mushrooms kill dogs. A mix of news stories this week to get things started. Thanks to Doug Black for the link to the Bird article.

Euthanasia is our main topic. Specifically, we walk through the 2-stage process for euthanasia of unusual pets, and also discuss the logistics of how to help our clients during the stressful time of the planned death of a loved pet.

Our review this week is a non- veterinary topic: the film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Brendan gives it a 6 out of 10 and Mark scores a 6.2. Both of us were very disappointed with this film and suggest anyone considering watching it wait until it is out for viewing at home via streaming on on DVD/Bluray.

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Links:

Birds can see Earth’s magnetic fields

Dogs die for eating poisonous mushrooms

Dog keeps child safe in Australian wilderness

Helping farmers: the benefits of predators

Pushing animals to be more nocturnal


35: Smile again – Dental disease in Rabbits Part 2



Did you know blue-tongued skinks have UV emitting tongues? Now you do. Who is Pizza the polar bear and why should you care? Why are most dolphins called Bruce, and what’s with all the questions??  All these questions and more are answered in our news section.

Product reviews:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury gets a 9.451 out of 10 from Brendan.

Fencing wire for use as an endotracheal stylet gets a 10 out of 10.

The main topic this week is Part 2 of Dental Disease in Rabbits. We dive into the gear recommended to perform dental treatments in rabbits, and also describe the methods for extracting incisors and burring cheek teeth.

Links:

Blue-tongue skinks and their UV emitting tongues

Pizza the Polar Bear

Bees and nothing

Male dolphin names

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34: Unusually Common



Does the human race do anything right? Well, we are very good at eradicating other species. Greyhound racing is banned in the Australian Capital Territory and giant predatory worms have invaded France! So what exactly is the Icarus project and why are we excited about it? Listen to our news section to find out.

A rapid fire discussion of 10 conditions of unusual pets is our main topic this week. Brendan and Mark point out some common reasons why various unusual pets are brought to see a vet – including some conditions you may be seeing, but not noticing.

Links:

Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things

Greyhound racing and trialling in Australian Capital Territory banned

Giant predatory worms have invaded France

Where do songbirds go when the music’s over? The Icarus project

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