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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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33: The Power of the Ostrich



Calls to ban trade in amphibians from Asia is our first news story. Do therapy dogs like their work? – we find out. The sad story of the Vaquita, the smallest porpoise species in the world leaves us depressed, so in our final news story we are amazed as a crow steals a credit card and tries to buy a train ticket!

We interview Doug Black from Microchips Australia for our main feature this week. We discover the power of the ostrich. Doug has a fascinating story to tell: how he became an Ostrich vet – almost by chance – and he regales us with some stories of veterinary work during the ostrich farming boom. He then talks about his other interests including his wonderful work for male mental health. A great person and a great interview.

Links:

Microchips Australia

Calls to ban trade in Amphibians from Asia.

End Extinction International

Do therapy dogs like their work?

Crow steals credit card to buy ticket

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Episode 6: Full Tilt



In news, we chat about species extinction. Johnathan the giant tortoise, who is over 186 years old, is newsworthy, possibly not for the right reasons. Brendan reveals his medicinal tea secret. Mark reviews the Olympus tough TG-4 camera for in-clinic use. We welcome new subscribers from the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.

The main topic this week is head tilt in rabbits. We put on our thinking caps and discuss the causes of head tilt in rabbits, the diagnostics that may help narrow down our differential list, and debate the effectiveness of potential treatment protocols.

Episode links:

Commentary on species extinction and media coverage. This article by the Guardian from the UK provides some thought provoking reading about the extinction of Rabbs’ fringe-limbed treefrog and the lack of interest of the media to report such events.

Johnathan the Seychelles giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea hololissa) has his own Wikipedia page. You can also learn more about visiting him from the St Helena official website. The New York Post article on Johnathan is amusing reading.

Olympus Stylus TG-4 Tough Camera review. TG Series cameras information here.  Or view the TG-4 on Amazon

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV)

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Episode 1: The Pain of it All!



Our first episode. Employment options for new graduate veterinarians, discussion on analgesia in animals – Do unusual and exotic animals require pain relief? What drugs to use? Do they work?

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Links:

Anne Fawcett’s Small Animal blog

Vet Cook Book