Timeless stories from veterinary professionals for pet owners, veterinarians and vet nurses uploaded each and every week.
Keeping Pets Safely Warm In Winter - Nadia Crighton
Feeling the chilly weather yet? Well if we're feeling the cold so are our pets! - And most domestic dogs and cats want to do just like us and curl up in front of the fire - whether it's an open one, gas or electric.
But there are dangers all pet owners need to be aware of as Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia explains!
Chinese Herbs For Pets - Dr Barbara Fougere
These days our pets have just about as big a choice of food as we do! But what about medicines?
The way we look after our pets is changing every year. Conventional veterinary science continues to allow us to treat all kinds of ailments in our pets from skin conditions, dodgy tummies, anxiety and more. But did you know many of the things prescribed by both human doctors and veterinarians actually originated from plants?
Take Aspirin for example… apparently the ancient Egyptians used willow bark as a remedy for aches and pains yet we take that medication for granted.
Dr Barbara Fougere from All Natural Vet explains how she uses both holistic and conventional methods for treating animals in her practice at www.naturalvet.com.au
Hervey Bay Pet Friendly Caravan Parks Update! - Jade Wellings
There are big changes coming to Fraser Coast’s hugely popular caravan parks – thanks to ‘people power’.
In late 2020 the Hervey Bay Council asked locals to take part in an online survey to provide feedback on which of a number of proposed changes should get the green light and there was an unexpectedly large response giving councillors a very clear insight into what people view as priorities.
To find out more we caught up with
Jade Wellings - Councillor Division 5, Fraser Coast
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How Well Do Vets Handle Pets? – Dr Kersti Seksel
Being a veterinarian or vet nurse can be pretty challenging at times. With so many different animals to deal with every day - all of which they might never have seen before - can be 'challenging' to say the least. Bites, scratches and often upset pet owners means a less than perfect 'consult'.
But a new program aimed at improving the animal handling techniques of vets and nurses is underway here in Australia - Veterinary Specialist Behaviourist Dr Kersti Seksel from Sydney Animal Behaviour Services - www.sabs.com.au - explains.
Easter Dangers - Chocolates & Lillies - Nadia Crighton
As the Easter bunny gears up for another busy night of delivering eggs to all the children around the globe, Pet Insurance Australia is reminding all pet lovers that Easter can spell disaster to an unsuspecting dog or cat.
“This is a great time of year to celebrate with friends and family,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “However it’s important to take some simple steps to ensure you don’t end up spending your precious long weekend, highly stressed at the local veterinary hospital.”
With the main ingredients of Easter celebrations being chocolate it’s a good idea to remind the children and the older chocolate lovers that this delectable treat needs to be kept out of reach from the family pet. In 2016 over 1000 pets were treated for Theobromine/Chocolate poisoning.
“Hiding a box of chocolates behind the couch cushion won’t suffice for a curious hound,” Crighton says. “Master scavengers will go to no end to find the hidden chocolates that can lead to a very sick dog.”
PIA is also advising pet owners to be careful with flowers.
“If your lovely Easter bouquet contains lilies it is vital you remove them or showcase them in an area your pet cannot access,” she warns. “Lilies are highly toxic to cats and dogs and can cause adverse reactions that can lead to death.”
Many pet owners will also be travelling with their beloved pets around this time of year. Ensuring you are prepared will keep your pet safe.
“Keeping pets safely secure in the car is not only paramount for their safety, but also for yours,” Crighton suggests. “Use specially designed seatbelts, harnesses and cages and don’t forget your updated tags and leashes.”
COMMON EASTER COMPLAINTS;
•Foreign Object removal
GREAT PET EASTER TIPS
•Get your dog involved in all the fun! Don some bunny ears and enjoy a nice long walk in the Spring sunshine.
•Yes, your dog can join in the egg hunt. A great tip is to pop the Easter eggs inside boxes or plastic containers to prevent them finding the treats before the children!
•Make some doggy safe treats and encourage your guests to treat the dog from this ‘safe’ jar and not their plate.
•Use Easter baskets and have a special safe place you put these to keep them out of reach from the dog and cat. Don’t forget to pick up all wrappings too!
Dealing With Dry Eye Boogas - Dr Barbara Fougere
Ok let's get technical here... Do you know what 'Eye Boogas' are? It seems that all of us at some time have had crusty eyes that we often call 'boogas' and think very little of it...
For animals and humans as it happens - dry eye can also be a serious health issue that really needs to be "looked" at (sorry about the pun!) as soon as possible.
Dogs, cats rabbits and yes even birds can all have 'dry eye boogas' as Internationally renown Complementary Veterinarian, author and lecturer Dr Barbara Fougere from All Natural Vet explains in this lighthearted chat we had with her.
We used to listen to these two when they did PetTalk Radio a few years back... Still sounding great with some good stories as always. Keep it up guys!