BUT, they expect us to pay for it ourselves, which will end up somewhere between $160-$250 depending where we go. They also expect all staff to have it done if they have not already, but the difference there is that the uni will reimburse staff for the costs.
Ummmm, last time I checked, most of…
Our only mandatory vaccine was rabies, which we paid for. And was about 5x as expensive for the series. Sigh.
Yup, I remember getting mine done. Had such a massive reaction to the vaccine that I almost passed out in the shower :(
In dogs who are prone to severe ear infections, such as cocker spaniels and bulldogs, the constant inflammation and infection in the ear can result in thickening of the ear skin and cartilage over time. The abnormally thickened tissue makes it harder to treat the ear infection inside, and the inflammation continues. The upper ear still has an opening into the ear canal, though the opening is swollen and difficult to insert medication into. The lower ear, however, is an end-stage ear. No amount of anti-inflammatory steroids or medications or antibiotics will fix that ear now. At this stage, surgery such as a total ear canal ablation to remove the ruined ear canal and bones of the middle ear is warranted. This option was discussed with this owner, but they have declined at this time.
This is why it is so important to go to the vet when you first notice a problem and not wait.
Asked by niiic0lee
Hey =] Thanks for the words of encouragement, it’s not usually this bad, I think I just really need a holiday from the rest of the world, haha!
You will get into Melbourne, go kick some ass =]
Asked by Anonymous
PSA from Manchester Animal Shelter (FB):
Is this a cute picture? Do you see “cute” pictures of your friends’ kids on FB? No it isn’t cute, it’s an accident waiting to happen. That is not the look of love in that dog’s eyes, it’s the look of stress. Everything about this dog’s body language says he wants some space. The wide eyes (known as whale eye), the ears back and the tense body are all indicators that the dog doesn’t like what’s being done to him.
A relaxed dog would have soft eyes, ears in a neutral position and body would be loose. Placing your dog and your child in situations like these are not only dangerous but setting your dog up for failure - it’s not just “aggressive” dogs that bite. Even non-aggressive dogs can get scared or lose patience.
Let’s be clear this can be ANY breed dog.
As ambassadors of bully breeds it is our responsibility to protect our dogs (and the children of course) from situations that could affect their livelihood. One bite regardless if accidental only adds to the stigma we all fight so hard against. Teaching children how to respect a dog’s space is the first step in teaching bite prevention. Remember all dogs have their limits, why test it?
Boba Fett - his eyes do this every once in a while, no clue why
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looks like anisocoria. i wouldn’t chill as easily as you do, because even if your cat doesn’t show any sign of pain, it is still important to take him to the vet. take a look at these links for more information: x x x
no but seriously, it’s p shit to take these sort of things lightly. you can’t just ask your cat whether he’s just fine or not, so how do you know? cats are masters when it comes to hiding their pain, but even so, this is still an abnormal thing to happen ”once in a while”, and it baffles me that you’d take this lightly. just see your vet for this, gosh.
Good grief, please see your local vet for this. I’m stressing out over here just looking at this.
Asked by awasama
Omg congratulations!! UQ is pretty awesome, with all its new flashy facilities and campus. It currently has the best world-class vet hospital in the southern hemisphere, and being AVMA accredited makes the graduates pretty employable.
If you’re not sure if you want to go into smallies or largies yet, UQ is a great choice, because it has an equal focus on both streams, and a growing focus on exotic pet medicine.
The first 3 years are your preclinical years, so its mainly theory. First and second year are based on learning normal anatomy/physiology, and third year is learning everything that can go wrong. After that, fourth year is learning more pathophysiology, and more practical skills. Fifth year is the bomb, with only several weeks of lectures, and being on practical rotations all year.
As far as I know, most of the other universities now do a pre-vet year, so it’ll be six years rather than five. I have a friend studying in Murdoch, and it feels like they know more about small animal surgery than UQ graduates.
If you do come to Queensland, I’d love to meet up with you!
Washoe was a chimp who was taught sign language.
One of Washoe’s caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation:
"People who should be there for her and aren’t are often given the cold shoulder—her way of informing them that she’s miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing "MY BABY DIED." Washoe stared at her, then looked down. She finally peered into Kat’s eyes again and carefully signed "CRY", touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human (Chimpanzees don’t shed tears). Kat later remarked that one sign told her more about Washoe and her mental capabilities than all her longer, grammatically perfect sentences." 
more about Washoe:
after the death of her children, researchers were determined to have Washoe raise a baby and brought in a ten month chimpanzee named Loulis. one of the caretakers went to Washoe’s enclosure and signed “i have a baby for you.” Washoe became incredibly excited, yelling and swaying from side to side, signing “baby” over and over again. then she signed “my baby.”
the caretaker came back with Loulis, and Washoe’s excitement disappeared entirely. she refused to pick Loulis up, instead signing “baby” apathetically; it was clear that the baby she thought she was getting was going to be Sequoyah. eventually Washoe did approach Loulis, and by the next day the two had bonded and from then on she was utterly devoted to him.
*information shamelessly paraphrased from When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson.
Even more interestingly, after Washoe and Loulis bonded, she started teaching him American Sign Language the same way that human parents teach their children language. It only took Loulis eight days to learn his first sign from Washoe, and aside from the seven that his human handlers learned around him, he learned to speak in ASL just as fluently as Washoe and was able to communicate with humans in the same way she could.
now if y’all don’t think this is the tightest shit you can get outta my face