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112: UPAV 2019 Melbourne Conference



News


Main Topic: Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarian Conference 2019

Brendan is back from the Australasian UPAV (Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians) conference. This year it was held in Melbourne – Brendan’s home town. The Gurus discuss some of the presentations from the conference, the wet labs and more.


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77: Vegetarian



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News

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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75: Feeling Seedy .. again



News: We get serious and discuss saving of Australia’s native animals and debate culling methods for feral species. Brendan gets centred performing Yoga with friends, and we note an outbreak of a calicivirus variant in the UK.

Main Topic:

Grass seeds – Yes, those annoying little bits of plants. What species do we see grass seeds issues in, and why? Mark and Brendan discuss their preferred techniques and surgical approaches to treating grass seed abscesses. Spoiler alert: it does include the toothpaste method of removal.

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Links:

Saving Australia’s native animals from extinction

Culling noisy miners fails in NSW trial, study

You Can Now Do Yoga in a Field Full of Cute Alpacas

Owners urged to vaccinate rabbits after RHDV-2 outbreak

Hunter Economic Zone: Ask the Federal and State Environment Ministers and Shadow Ministers to protect HEZ and the Tomalpin Woodlands


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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50: Say hello to my little friend



We dig deep into the sticky issue of the reported medicinal properties of Manuka honey.

Our main topic this week is Unusual Pets: more specifically, we outline common unusual pet species and debate which make good pets, and which species should not be kept.

Brendan competes his review of the Clarius veterinary wireless ultrasound system. He gives its a high 9.4

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Links:

Manuka Honey -science or snake oil?

Unique pollen signatures in Australian honey could help tackle a counterfeit industry

Why do Canberrans pronounce Manuka differently?

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45: It’s not a tumour… (or is it?)



Dogs prefer reggae when stressed… apparently. Or did you already know that? How about teaching birds to collect litter? Or did you hear about the Dengue fever outbreak halted by the release of mosquitoes? So many great news stories this week we decided to finish with 20 things you may not know about Zebras. Once you’ve listened to all this news you will be ready for your local quiz night, or to bore your family or partner.

Mammary tumours in rats and mice is the main topic this week. Brendan and Mark discuss their approach to the these neoplasms in rodents: from diagnosis, to treatment, and prevention.

Links:

Stressed dogs prefer reggae and soft rock

French theme park teaches birds to collect litter

Dengue fever outbreak halted by release of special mosquitoes

20 things you may not know about Zebras

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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

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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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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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