27: The Kindest Cut



Quirky news again this week, which begins with talk on empathy – can it be learned, is there a genetic factor or who cares? A field study of Mary River Turtles in Australia reveals an ageing population. The cannibal Red Squirrels of Yukon and the death of Australia’s last flamingo are our last news stories.

Our main topic discusses the benefits of desexing, with particular emphasis on small mammals. What are the other benefits of desexing apart from the obvious prevention of breeding and helping control behaviour issues? Mark and Brendan point out significant reasons why we need to desex our small mammals.

Links:

Can you learn empathy?

‘They might just disappear’: warning over ‘punk’ turtle’s future

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26: Smile – Rabbit Dental Disease Part 1



Brendan has lost his mind – literally. He outlines his recent experience with transient global amnesia and a stay in hospital over the Easter period. In other news birds are pests in Melbourne –  or are they?; and the concerns about backyard chickens and human health.

Our main topic this week is dental disease in rabbits. We regard this as such an important (and often requested) topic that this is part one of a series of podcasts on rabbit dental disease.

Links:

Lyssavirus in Queensland

Transient Global Amnesia

Increased numbers of long- billed Corellas in Melbourne

Backyard Chickens and Human Health concerns

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25: Hatch



A dog in a park, Sea Turtles on a Mumbai beach, and a billboard built for birds in Sweden are the varied news items this week. In other news, Mark ponders on how rabies causes aggression.

Our main topic is eggs and incubation. Mark talks us through the process of candling eggs to determine if the embryo is viable, the basics of incubation and tips to maximise the chance of the eggs hatching. We then provide an overview of the approach to infertility in birds – what to do when a client brings infertile eggs into the clinic for advice.

Links:

Priam Parrot Breeding information

Sea turtles return to Mumbai beach after 20-year absence

How does rabies cause aggression?

Photographer captures bittersweet spirit of a dog who has been living in a park for 13 years

Swedish billboard is quite literally for the birds

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24: Sorry!



The news topics just keep on coming: How can dogs help us understand cancer? Can we use cats to control feral rats?; and some quirky facts (and fiction) about platypus. These are the news items this week, together with the sad tale of the last male northern white rhino dying.

Sorry is the title of our main topic this week, as we delve into the complex matter of dealing with complaints. Brendan and Mark outline their experiences with dealing with complaints, and provide some thoughts on the best way to tackle these – something few, if any, people enjoy dealing with.

Our product review is the Spidentify app for Australian spider identification

Links:

Platypus facts (or fiction?)

How dogs are helping us understand cancer

Last male northern white rhino dies

Are feral cats the answer to rat infestations?

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23: Dog Days



How long have you had your pet? We meet a woman who has had the same pet for 56 years. Mark gets the claws out and becomes haughty about declawing, and is anxious about caring for sick pets. In the final news item we put to bed the age-old question – can a newt kill you?

This week’s main topic is how to make the surgical vet visit run smoothly from the client and pet perspective. Tips such as completing as much paperwork as possible before the surgery, having the client leave some favourite food and bedding items, and sending dog and cats home with a bandana are discussed – and more!

We are excited to announce our competition. It’s easy to enter and you can win a signed copy of A Guide to Health and Disease in Reptiles and Amphibians, a text Brendan has co-authored. We will even pay for the postage to send it to the winner! How to enter: email us a funny veterinary story that you have witnessed –  either as a veterinarian or a veterinary nurse/technician. Easy! send your story to vetgurus@gmail.com.  Mark and Brendan will review the entries and announce the winner in an upcoming podcast. Good luck!

News:

Woman has the same pet for 56 years

Can a newt kill you?

Declawing linked to aggression and other abnormal behaviours in cats

Caring for a sick pet can increase anxiety, depression

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22: Guinea Pigs – Top 10 Tips and Tricks



Brendan may have Man Flu but that doesn’t stop the vet gurus from releasing another podcast full of veterinary goodness! He soldiers on, delirious, to warn us not to feed the monkeys, and directs our attention to a cute polar bear cub born in the UK. Mark presents 6 unusual facts about Tapirs and muses over the potential demise of the world’s smallest porpoise.

Our review this week is a movie – or make that 2 movies: BladeRunner and the recently released BladeRunner 2049. Both of us award it over 9 out of 10.

Top Tips and Tricks about Guinea Pigs is out main topic this week. We provide some fun facts and figures regarding our piggy friends, including the fact they don’t come from guinea, a disturbing picture of geriatric male guinea pig rectums, and the composition of uroliths in this species.

Links:

Please don’t feed the Florida Monkeys

First Polar Cub born in the UK in 25 years

Earth’s tiniest porpoise approaches extinction

Tapir Facts

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21: Dystopic Dystocia in Reptiles



Mark is looking resplendent in his Lacoste Polo shirt this week – trying to convince us he wears it for a good cause. In other news dogs are in the bad books – threatening wildlife and wreaking havoc on beaches, whilst Brendan ponders the choice of colour in a newly discovered giant slug.

Mark’s book review is 1Q84, a dystopian novel. You can find more information here. He rates it a 7 out of 10.

Brendan’s Melbourne Veterinary School Class 30th Reunion  – can you see him?
The main topic this week is dealing with dystocia in reptiles: What works? Medical or surgical or a combination of both? Oxytocin use, incubation of eggs, and an alternative use of the Toothpaste Technique is discussed.

Links:

Domestic dogs threaten endangered species worldwide

Dogs and leashes, birds and beaches

Lacoste swaps out iconic croc logo for endangered species

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Episode 20: Wildlife Worries – 2 March 2018



Mark is angry about dogs licking their faces, yet happy about horses roaming free. Brendan flexes his muscles with talk about a squirrel glider gym and is pleased that the 1st International Snail Grand National has been cancelled – ready, set, escargot for this and more from the VetGurus!

Wildlife care is our main topic this week. A discussion on triage of wildlife brought into veterinary clinics, including decisions on when to euthanase, analgesia options, and the debate about who pays for wildlife care.

Links:

Przewalski’s horse: 10 things you didn’t know

Squirrel Glider rehabilitation

What do dogs licking lips tell us?

Snail race cancelled

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Episode 19: Bunny Belly – 23 Feb 2018



We marvel at the 2017 Wildlife Photo competition winners, watch some 3D with our praying mantis friends, and a cow joins a herd of wild bison in the news this week. A subscriber puts Brendan and mark on the spot by asking about the ethics of keeping unusual pets – or any pets for that matter.

Our main topic this week is gastrointestinal stasis in rabbits  – often referred to as gut stasis or ileus. The contributing factors of this condition in pet rabbits, together with treatment options are discussed, as well as preventative measures.

Book Review: Exotic Animal Formulary 5th Edition can be found at BookDepository or Amazon. Brendan gives this essential reference text for exotic and unusual pets 8.9 out of 10.

Links:

2017 WildlifePhoto Competition Winners

3D vision in Praying Mantises

Cow joins a herd of wild Bison

Oxbow Critical Care for Herbivores

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Episode 18: Itchy and Scratchy – Feb 16 2018



Mark is back from a holiday in Fiji, refreshed, tanned, and full of hot air.

The news is mostly about birds this week, where we learn about bird brains, the pros and cons of feeding wild birds, and the sad life of a New Zealand Gannet. In brighter news, the invention of an edible 6-pack may help protect marine mammals.

Our book review this week is a reptile text of great value and use for general practitioners, though Brendan refuses to give it a score out of 10: Listen to the podcast to find out why!

Our main topic this week is ectoparasites of small mammals. We scratch the itch to discuss mange in guinea pigs, fur mites in rabbits, and rodents that can’t stop scratching. Just thinking about these topics is making us itchy.

Book review: Reptile Medicine and Surgery in Clinical Practice

or find it on the USA Wiley site here

Links:

Ecology expert to bid feeder

Brewery’s edible 6-pack protects marine mammals

Bird Brains

No Mates Nigel the New Zealand Gannet 

 

This is the Fiji resort that Mark stayed at. And here is a picture of one of his crabs!:

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