Category Archives: Reptile

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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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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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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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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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 16: Reptile SSSSurgery Feb 2 2018



In news Mark talks about his sighting of the Regent Honeyeater, a critically endangered bird. Brendan reviews the Fujifilm Instax SP-1 Smartphone printer, a great promotional tool for clinics.

The main topic for this week is something we are frequently asked about: the basics of reptile surgery. The discussion includes fluid therapy, suture selection and patterns, and heat retention and loss.

Links:

Regent Honeyeater

Regent Honeyeater tank by Mark with a very heavy, long lens...

For more information on the use of vascular clips for surgery: Hemoclips and Ligaclips

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Episode 15: There be Dragons! Jan 26 2018



It’s the Australia Day holiday down under and Brendan and Mark are in a festive and feisty mood.

News

Mark jumps in the deep end to ponder on the meaning of Australia day – and what exactly should we be celebrating? Another load of news stories this week: Songbirds struggling with noise; banning of circus animals; and animal welfare campaigners protest a proposed dog breeding facility. in lighter news we jump on the treadmill with baby sea turtles and discuss a fishy story about tapeworm infections in humans.

Book Review

Brendan is good at sniffing out obscure titles and this week is no exception. Following on from the discussion in Episode 5, he reviews the educational, lighthearted, and fun book ‘Does it Fart?’. He scores it an aromatic 8.0 out of 10.

Bearded Dragon Care

The main topic is the iconic Australian reptile commonly kept as a pet world-wide, the Bearded Dragon (Pogona spp.). We outline the basics for keeping these as pets, and the common problems encountered when unwell bearded dragons are taken to veterinary clinics.

Links

Does it Fart? The definitive field guide to animal flatulence.

Songbirds are struggling with noise pollution

Baby sea turtles on treadmills for science

Tapeworm acquired from eating raw fish

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Episode 13: Lucky for some



Here we are already half way through January. Brendan and Mark are both back at work fighting the good fight against pesky parasites, belligerent bacteria, vexatious virus, and cranky clients.

In news, snake eggs are found in a school sandpit in Australia, pumas (or wild mountain lions) are picky when choosing their sleeping sites, and the Mekong region reveals over 100 new species. Mark fires Brendan up with a story about the animal inspirations behind the newest Star Wars creatures, then brings us back to earth with an article about the mental health of animal shelter workers.

Since this is our 13th episode – lucky for some – we decided to make our main topic a chat about the lifespan of pets. How old can we expect our small mammals, birds and reptiles to live for? No spoilers – subscribe and listen to learn the answers.

Links:

Snake eggs found in Australian school sandpit

Pumas sleeping habits revealed

Mekong region reveals 115 new species

Greater Mekong region

Animal inspiration behind the Last Jedi creatures

Why do animal shelter workers burn out?

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Episode 9: Turtle Soup



This pre-Christmas special of the Vet Podcast is for the week ending December 22, 2017.

In news, the genome of the Tasmanian Tiger has been sequenced and we discuss the consequences. Mark reveals that an extinct marsupial has been ‘rediscovered’, and we list 8 things about Guinea Pigs that you may or may not know. Spotted recently in Tibet has been Snow Leopards.

The Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) syndrome in Turtles is the main discussion this week. Brendan and Mark chat about calcium and Vitamin D metabolism, the diagnosis of, and treatment options, of MBD in chelonians. Included is a discussion of turtle diets – and the poor prognosis of turtles presented to clinics as ‘turtle soup’.

Links

Tasmanian Tiger genome sequenced

Crest-tailed Mulgara rediscovered

Snow Leopards spotted in Eastern Tibet for the first time. Also see these stunning photos of snow leopards.

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