Category Archives: Medicine

79: Blocked Pipes



News

Main Topic

Constipation – a right pain in the #$#. This week we discuss constipation in reptiles; why do they get it, how to treat it, and how to prevent it. Together with some usual crap by Brendan and Mark.

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78: Fishy



News

Main Topic: Basic Fish Care

This week we cover the main things to consider to provide a proper setup for pet fish. The discussion includes thoughts on water quality, filtration systems, water testing and environmental enrichment.

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77: Vegetarian



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Main Topic for the week: Plants for exotic pets – help or hindrance?

Brendan and Mark discuss the benefits of providing plants for your unusual pet, including their effect on behaviour – ie environmental enrichment. What are the risks of these plants? Which are toxic?

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76: Bumble



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Main Topic:

Pododermatitis aka bumblefoot is our main discussion this week. Brendan and Mark stumble (sorry, we couldn’t help it) through the common species seen with this condition, and discuss treatment options.


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74: Piggy Pee



What is it with crossbreed dogs? Why do we have to call them a ‘new’ breed. Brendan get a tad fired up about breed naming conventions. Mark gets all zen with a story on rainfall and prediction of bird colours and wonders why some cats are neurotic. In our final news story Brendan finds a use for old mascara wands…. just in cases you needed to know!

Urinary issues in guinea pigs is our main topic this week. Yes, we have this covered this topic before – in our second ever episode: Ham and Bacon, BUT this is a further update and we have had requests to talk about guinea pig urinary issue from listeners.

Links:

What’s the deal with doodle dogs?

Rainfall and temperature predict bird colouration, study finds

How old mascara wands can help wildlife

If your cat is neurotic, it may be your fault

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67: Snake Top Ten



A good news story – Icelandic goats saved from extinction- and Brendan gets extremely emotional about this story. Mark then gets serious and talks about river systems and culverts for protection of fish. 

This week we have another Top Ten: Tips for dealing with snakes for clinicians who are unfamiliar with reptiles.  

Links

Meet the woman who saved the Icelandic goat from extinction  

Barriers to fish migration

 

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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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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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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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Links:

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