65: Heat



How does chicken soup make you feel better? Brendan explains. Mark dives deep into the question of how to monitor waterway health via monitoring fish sounds and investigates Turtle Rain. in the final news story Brendan summarises a recent publication on anaesthetic deaths in pets.

Heating is our main topic this week. We discuss the details of how to provide adequate heating for unusual pet enclosures – reptiles, birds and mammals. There is also a short discussion of heating for critically ill patients and Brendan and Mark also touch on heating requirements for amphibians and fish.


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How chicken soup makes you feel better, according to science

Study investigates anaesthetic- caused deaths in pets

Turtle Rain


64: Curmudgeon



In this New Year’s special we interview James Harris. We interviewed James at the Adelaide UPAV conference and it was a pleasure to chat to him. James is universally known and loved as a living legend in exotic pet medicine, with a phenomenal reputation as an exotics and wildlife veterinarian. He outlines his journey from the UK to the USA, and eventually Tasmania, where he now resides. James was awarded an Order of Australia medal for services to wildlife care.

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63: Ho, Ho, Ho!



It’s our Christmas special with Mark and Brendan getting into the holiday spirit (literally) as they reminisce over the happenings in 2018 and look forward to 2019.

News: The winners of the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Awards are out.. and, not surprisingly, they are quite humorous. In other news, a dog digs up a bone.

We wish all our wonderful listeners a safe, happy and restful holiday period and a wonderful 2019.

Links:

Exuberant digging dog unearths 13,000-year-old woolly mammoth tooth

Squirrel can’t believe who won the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Coral Reefs Around The World Are In Grave Danger

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62: The show must go on



We’re back!!! Brendan is back for his pilgrimage to the far reaches of India, and he shares a few stories about his adventures.

We catch up with some news: Will our generation be remembered by the chicken bones we leave behind? What is the background of China’s legalisation of the rhino horn trade? Brendan muses over animal societies thriving without males, and Mark investigates the hairy business of the illegal market in tarantulas.

The UPAV (Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians) conference, recently held in Adelaide, South Australia, is the main topic of discussion this week. We chat about just a few of the excellent presentations from the conference.

Links:

Future archaeologists will remember us by the chicken bones we left behind

China’s legalisation of rhino horn trade: disaster or opportunity?

Termites: Advanced animal society can thrive without males

The illegal market for tarantulas is hairy business

The Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)

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61: Stumped



Its goats and more goats this week: Brendan talks about weedbusting goats and a list of things you didn’t know about this fascinating species. A good news story with heroic huskies rescuing a hiker in Alaska, and are cities making animals smarter.

Main topic: Limb and tail amputation in reptiles. Why is this such a common procedure? Mark and Brendan give their thoughts, and tips for performing partial limb and tail amputation in reptiles.

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Weedbusting goats

Heroic husky rescues injured hiker in Alaska

Things about goats you may not know

Are cities making animals smarter?

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60: Alcatraz – Adrenal gland disease in Ferrets



Brendan is intrigued with camel beauty pageants and the shenanigans undertaken to enhance the chance of winning. Mark is looking even more radiant than usual after discussing advances in drugs to increase longevity, and he discusses some difficult ethical decisions veterinarians make when pressured by clients. In the final news story this week Brendan ask’s the age-old question: Can dog’s tell time?

Adrenal disease in ferrets is the main topic of this episode. What is it? How do ferrets get it? Can we treat it? Are there prevention options? We discuss these questions and more. WE have touched on this subject previously but not in an episode on its own.

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Inside the world of million-dollar beauty pageants for camels

Many veterinarians have ethical qualms about what some pet owners ask them to do

Scientists discover drug cocktail that doubles the lifespan of animals

 

 


59: Fluted Cats



How can a chimney save birds? When they are fake. Mark explains. Brendan is hot under the collar about leaf blowers as he continues to turn into a cranky old man! In other news Mark and Brendan marvel at the wildlife Photographer of the year awards for 2018, and we are glad to see that Lee Burger has won an award.

The main topic this week is fluted cats – or FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease).

Links:

How fake chimneys can help save birds

Wildlife photographer of the year awards 2018

Fighting frog fungus: Lee Berger wins PM’s Life Scientist 2018 award

Why we should ditch leaf blowers

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58: Pirate



We report on the rebound of a Mountain gorilla population in this week’s good news. Mark discusses whether pets can get seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and wonders if elephants are evolving to lose their tusks. Brendan then gets a bit angry when he reveals 87 elephants have been killed by poachers in Africa.

Movie Review by Brendan: The Predator 2018. Don’t bother. 2 out of 10. It’s that bad.

Eye diseases in unusual pets is our main topic this week. Brendan and Mark talk about commonly seen (pun intended), and some not so common, eye problems in rabbits guinea pigs, rodents, ferrets, reptiles and birds.

Links:

Can pets get seasonal affective disorder?

Mountain gorilla population rebounds

Some elephants are evolving to lose their tusks

87 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Africa’s ‘Last Safe Haven’

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57: Legless



Could Llamas be the answer to the ideal human flu vaccine? Scientists had no idea where the world’s tiniest flightless bird came from, until now- Mark explains. In our final news story we debate if the era of greyhound racing is coming to an end.

Limbs. Or lack thereof. That is the main topic this week: amputation of limbs of various species is discussed by Brendan and Mark – what species do we commonly remove limbs from, and why? What species cope without a limb and what species don’t?

Product review: Opsite Flexigrid transparent film dressing. Brendan is enthusiastic about this versatile dressing. He particularly likes to use it for reptile skin lesions and post- surgery. He gives it a solid 8.3 out of 10.

Links:

Llamas could one day help prevent the flu

Scientists had no idea where the world’s tiniest flightless bird came from, until now

Is the era of greyhound racing finally over?

Opsite flexigrid transparent film dressing

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56: Feeling Seedy



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Mark is on location this week – playing in a basketball tournament! While he ices his dodgy knee, Brendan decides what to do with dog faeces in our first news story. We also discuss if a wind farm monitor to prevent bird deaths would likely work, and marvel at some amazing photos.

Basic pet bird nutrition is the main topic this week. Brendan and Mark give the lowdown on what to recommend for clients to feed their feathered friends.

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Wind farm monitors to warn of approaching wedge-tailed eagles in bid to prevent bird deaths

What should you do with your dog’s poop?

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