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Valentine? Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve But Hide The Chocolate In The Fridge!

Valentine? Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve But Hide The Chocolate In The Fridge!

“Roses are red, violets are blue... Skip the chocolate and roses…buy me catnip or liver instead!”

Okay – here at VETtalk TV, we really love romance and Valentines Day…we just know that right around the world, there are Vets and nurses gearing up to spend a less than fun-filled time, cleaning up vomit and poos…

Of course nobody in their right mind would feed a pet chocolate these days, unless they’re the modern day equivalent of Tom Hanks in ‘Castaway’ (i.e. no access to any information whatsoever) because everyone knows chocolate contains Theobromine which is poisonous for pets… and the darker the chocolate the more dangerous.

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Latest Pet & Animal News - 6th Feb 2016 with Kaye Browne

Latest Pet & Animal News - 6th Feb 2016 with Kaye Browne

This week...
* Health tracking technology has gone to the dogs…
* 3D printers continue to improve prosthetics
* Bald eagles trained to 'body slam' drones
* Scientists uncover source of animal 'pie-bald' patterns

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Latest Pet & Animal News - 23rd Jan 2016 with Kaye Browne

Latest Pet & Animal News - 23rd Jan 2016 with Kaye Browne

This Week
- Single Chemo Tablet Trial Spikes Cancer Fighting T Effector Cells!
- Brisbane Hi-Rise Cat Puzzled By All The Attention 

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Ticks – How To Tame Oz’s Worst Killer  

Ticks – How To Tame Oz’s Worst Killer  

It's a weird looking insect and you could be forgiven for thinking it doesn’t look in the least bit scary.  

A tiny dot half the size of your little finger-nail with 6 teensy legs near its head. To be honest - it’s highly unlikely Hollywood would ever consider making a block-buster with the title "Tick Dundee” or “Tickman” or “Teenage Mutant Ninja Ticks”.

Which is a pity because when it comes to killer Aussie predators…the Paralysis Tick is right up there alongside our poisonous snakes and killer spiders.

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Lovin' Lavender.... But is It Ok For Our Pets?

Lovin' Lavender.... But is It Ok For Our Pets?

The Good…

Do you grow lavender at home? Do your dogs or cats love its fragrant smell? 

Our 'old boy' Cosmo - (Min. Poodle sadly no longer with us) would often spend literally hours rolling in or brushing up against the rows of lavender bush in our back yard.

Cosmo was a ‘busy’ dog. Always up to something. But after his ‘lavender loving’ sessions, he’d come inside covered in bits of purple flower, happy as anything then lay down and sleep for hours!

We know various aromas can affect people and help de-stress so we thought we’d check out what research had been done into pets and how various smells affect them, and sure enough – a study by Dr. Deborah Wells in Ireland looked at the effect of Lavender oil on dogs, in particular whether it could have a calming effect on dogs and reduce excitement.

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Attack Of The Killer (toy) Poodle!

Attack Of The Killer (toy) Poodle!

OMG – I’m mortified. Worse. I feel ridiculously guilty.

You see, my dog nearly caused an elderly Asian lady to have a heart attack.

I’d just gone outside to bring in the rubbish bins and thought nothing of letting my little gal accompany me so she could sniff the grass and enjoy whatever odours other passers by had left. It was mid-afternoon, nobody around, benefit of working from home.

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Rainy Day Soggy Doggy Solutions!

Rainy Day Soggy Doggy Solutions!

It's raining cats and dogs! Well, not really but across South-Eastern Australia right now it almost feels like the annual wet season. 

And that can mean 'soggy doggies'.

You see, most dogs these days are 'inside dogs' but they’re trained to go outside to do their 'business'.

But what happens when it’s raining?

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Accidental Poisoning... Minutes From Death!

Accidental Poisoning... Minutes From Death!

Have you ever stored a poison in a recycled water bottle? You might never do so again, after you read this – I know we won’t.

Good friend and life-long ‘ferret rescuer’ Sue O’Keefe was minutes away from becoming a widow yesterday… the culprit? A plastic water bottle…more precisely the substance in it.

Apparently Sue’s husband Mick was feeling a bit thirsty after feeding breakfast to the couple’s pack of rescue ferrets and grabbed what he thought was his re-purposed Gatorade bottle and took a big swig from it.

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No Sun? You Can Still Have Doggy Fun... Here's How...

No Sun? You Can Still Have Doggy Fun... Here's How...

When the temperature drops… does your enthusiasm for outdoor doggy walks drop too?

I have to confess – mine does – but when I get the ‘doe-eyes’ from little Ms Troublemaker that it’s ‘that time of the day’, well, what’s a little -10 degrees icy wind chill factor compared to a happy dog? (ok – so maybe that’s a slight temperature exaggeration). 

But depending on your location, the fair-dinkum outside weather conditions and your breed of pet, there are some fun indoor alternatives to walkies which will get you over the winter hump without fear of frost-bite.

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Max's Jaw Dropping Operation! (Podcast!)

Max's Jaw Dropping Operation! (Podcast!)

We know some people would prefer to listen to some of our 'veterinary procedure' stories rather than watch and this is a good one to start withMax - an 11yr old Labrador had part of his lower jaw removed... but why? 

The owners of Max - an 11yr old Labrador had been keeping an extra close eye on him given he’d already undergone several surgeries to remove lumps from his body… one of which was a ‘mast cell tumor’ – the type with the potential to spread rapidly to other parts of the body. 

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Leash 'Freak Out' Aged 3... Why?

Leash 'Freak Out' Aged 3... Why?

It's not only puppies that have problems learning to walk nicely on a lead. Here's a quick recap of a problem we were asked to provide some guidance on.

Molly the Moodle who used to be so good walking on lead - suddenly will walk a little way and then won’t budge!

So, your Moodle Molly has become something of a mystery, eh?

Maybe acting like a sulky teenager, maybe?
 

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To Cuddle or Not!

To Cuddle or Not!

Dogs are pretty cute right? –  and there are some of us who just can’t resist getting up close for a cuddle. And that’s the problem,  you see we might think we’re smart because we can talk… but most of us get a D minus when it comes to doggy speak… better known as canine body language.

Hands up if you’ve ever seen a child or an adult intending to hug a dog, putting their face up close to the dog… nose to nose, eyeball to eyeball, wearing a big toothy grin.

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