For the next few weeks I have the pleasure (and I use that term loosely) of bird sitting my brothers Alexandrine Parrot named Richie. He is rather noisy and there seems to be bird seed spread everywhere as he enjoys throwing it around. But the noise, so very loud, the talking, screeching and whistling, it seems to never end (especially if you get on the phone). His favourite sayings consist of repeating “Richie birdman” or squawking “Jack, Jack, Jack” (which is his canine brothers name).

Amongst all of Richie’s chatter my eight year old asked me why do only some birds talk and how do they learn to talk, so I thought I would share the answers (and more) with you all.

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Have you ever wanted to own a “different” pet? Do you want something other than a cat or dog? Well how about one of these weird but wonderful pets!

Australian Tarantula
  • live for anywhere from 5-25 years
  • don’t require much space
  • only need to be fed once or twice a week
  • unique and interesting
  • venomous - although their bite is not deadly to humans it will cause pain
  • won’t interact with humans 
     
    

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Occasionally during an emergency or for a serious illness a dog may require a lifesaving blood transfusion. This is most commonly needed due to internal organ bleeding caused by trauma, from ingesting a toxin, particularly rat baits or illnesses like anaemia.

Some veterinary clinics have their own canine blood bank set up with stores of blood on hand for these situations. Other veterinary clinics may have a list of potential blood donor candidates that they can call on to give blood in the case of emergency. Like humans, dog’s do have different blood types and can even have more than one blood type in their system. Cross matching of blood type between donor and recipient will be undertaken before giving a transfusion.

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Oh My Mozzie! They are everywhere. The big ones, the small ones and every size in between. You don’t dare leave the house without insect repellent for fear of being carried away by them. And they will only continue to get worse over the next few weeks.

After lasts weeks deluge, courtesy of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie, we were inundated with flood water, which although mostly subsided it has left some still water and puddles behind and this is providing the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to multiply.

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I saw a snake the other day near our garage. After the initial jumping, squealing and running away, I calmed down enough to realise it was only a green tree snake and I just left it alone and it went on its merry way.

Living on acreage in South East Queensland means we do occasionally see snakes, so it wasn’t the first time and certainly won’t be the last time that I will have a snake encounter. But it got me to thinking about first aid for snake bites and what I would do if someone or one of the animals were bitten.

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The beautiful hot and humid Australian Summer weather has well and truly arrived! Here are a few things to remember to keep your pet happy, healthy and safe this summer.

Parasites
In the hot summer months parasites like fleas, ticks and worms thrive and can be detrimental to your pet’s health. It is important to keep flea treatments up to date, even if you don’t see any fleas on your pet. It is much easier to prevent a flea outbreak rather than eradicate one. Also be sure to use tick prevention, especially if you live in a tick area. The deadly paralysis tick can kill a pet within days, so be sure to use a tick treatment product and check your pet daily. With more mosquitoes around during summer it means that there is a higher risk of heartworm being transmitted, so be sure to stay compliant with your pets heartworm prevention. Also make sure your pet’s intestinal worming program is up to date.

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Moving house can be a very stressful time for your cat. Here are a few tips to follow when moving to help your cat adjust to their new home.

* When you first arrive at your new home do not release your cat until all visitors and movers have left. Ensure that all doors, windows and possible hidey holes (like open fire places) are closed.

* Introduce them to the house slowly by keeping them confined to one room for a few days. Put all their familiar things in that room including their bed, blanket, toys, scratching post, litter tray, food and water. This will allow them to become accustomed to their new surroundings, smells and sounds while feeling safe with their own familiar things.

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Everywhere I look at the moment there is fireweed, on the side of the road, in paddocks, in people’s backyard.img_1009

But what is fireweed? The botanical name for fireweed is Senecio madagascariensis and if you didn’t know any better it could just be overlooked as a normal weed with a pretty yellow flower, something like a dandelion. It is a small weed that grows to 50cm in height and in dry or harsh conditions it will often only reach 20cm. The leaves are bright green, narrow and about 2-7cm long. The flower is small (1-2cm in diameter), yellow, has 13 petals and found in clusters at the end of each branch. Each plant can have anywhere up to 200 flowers.

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Femal groom cleaning horseWhether you are showing your horse in competition, riding around at home or just have a horse standing in a paddock here are some top grooming tips to keep your horse always looking their best!

  • Do not over bathe your horse. Only shampoo when necessary as over-shampooing can make the coat dry and appear dull. You can just rinse sweat of them, spot clean and often brush dirt out.
  • Brush the hair in the direction that the hair grows.
  • Curry comb your horse every day to help remove dead hair and dirt. This will stimulate natural oil production.
  • Clean your horse’s feet our daily and use a hoof oil or dressing.
  • Brush the mane and tail starting from the bottom and working up. This helps removes knots and tangles easier. Use a detangling spray if needed.
  • Keep your brushes clean. Clean soft brushes after every few strokes by brushing them on a curry comb or metal brush to remove dirt and dust. Disinfectant and wash brushes on a regular basis.
  • If it is too cold to bathe your horse use a sponge to wipe of their face, neck, saddle and girth area to remove any sweat.
  • Rug your horse to minimise dirt, dust and fading from the sun.
  • Feed a good quality diet and add oil supplements like omega oils to bring out a shiny healthy coat. 

Remember that grooming your horse shouldn’t be a chore, it is a great time to bond and spoil your equine friend with some extra love and attention.

Until next time,
Bec