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Summer is here, along with it the heat and humidity of living in Queensland. Fortunately our feathered friends can handle the heat a lot better than most mammals, their normal body temperature ranging from 40 - 41 Celsius. Unlike us, birds don't have sweat glands, so are at risk if they become over heated with out proper care. Birds do like a lot of light and sunshine, but adequate protection in needed to keep them healthy and safe.

Here's some tips to keep your feathered friend happy and comfortable this summer.
  • Provide Adequate Shade
  • Good Ventilation
  • Fresh Clean Water
  • Clean Cage or Aviary
During summer our feathered friends will go through a molting period, molting is a the shedding of old feathers and producing new ones. Adult birds will molt at least once a year, in some birds species in can be 3-4 times a year.

Proper housing is a must for birds, and need to provide protection from the natural elements. Keeping the environment clean will avoid insects and undesirable smells. There is numerous items in the market to assist in keeping your bird cool during summer ranging from misters, aviary fans, to bird baths. When these are used and installed correctly our feathered friends can self cool.

Misters as the name suggests spray a fine mist that our birds can sit under, or fly through, when the mist cools the bird by contacts with the skin.
Fans are a great way to keep the air moving, but should be treated with care, strategically placed, with protected coverings, and kept at a "low breeze".
Bird baths are another awesome option. As long as the Water is kept clean, and changed regularly.
Only mist or fan part of the cage/aviary. That gives the bird the choice of when they want to make use of them.

Fresh drinker water (separate to the bath water) should be provided daily, and checked and replaced when necessary to make sure your birds have adequate amount through out the day.

Mosquitoes can bite your birds, which is uncomfortable and in extreme cases can cause anemia. Cover you outdoor cages to reduce the risk of mozzie's biting your bird.

 

 
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A dogs ear should look and smell clean, with out any visible wax or dry skin. Next to their keen sense of smell, hearing is a important sense. Evolution has given dogs the ability to hear much higher and lower frequencies than us humans.
The ear canal is a long slender tube that extends downwards towards the ear drum at the base of the skull. This tube has a sensitive layer of skin that produces wax, the skin continually moves this wax and other debris away from the ear drum. Which makes it self cleaning. But some times this isn't enough and our furry friends need some assistance.


Common Symptoms of Ear Infections.
  •   Scratching and rubbing of the ear or area around the ear.
  •   Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge
  •   Odor in the ear
  •   Redness &/or Swelling
  •   Crusts or scabs on inside of the outer ear
  •   Hair loss around the ear
  •   Head shaking or head tilt
  •   Loss of balance
  •   Unusual eye movements
  •   Walking in circles
  •   Hearing loss
When the ear canal becomes inflamed with infection the delicate lining becomes thickened and produces more wax. The Natural cleaning mechanism stops working efficiently, and the canal builds up with the waste product.

Common causes of Ear Infections.
Ear infections in dogs can have multiple causes.
  •  Foreign bodies, grass seeds for example.
  •  Ear Mites
  •  Bacteria & Yeast
  •  Allergies & Health Concerns
  •  Health Concerns
Diagnoses
A Veterinarian can diagnose a ear infection by an examination of the ear canal. This examination may need the canine to be sedated. A sample of any discharge may be examined for bacteria, yeast, parasites, or foreign objects to determine the type of infection. If the Veterinarian suspects bacterial, a sample maybe sent to a laboratory for further testing.

Treatment
During the examination, the veterinarian will clean the canal by gently flushing the ear canal, generally while the canine is sedated. Once the eardrum has been thoroughly cleaned, antibiotics may be be given. Why Sedated? good question, a healthy ear canal is sensitive to touch, a inflamed and infected ear is extremely painful. It's important that the canine doesn't move while the procedure is in progress, to prevent further damage being done by the animal moving.

For more information on cleaning and treatment check out our
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Our pets are precious, and we want the best care and protection for them everyday. It doesn't matter how much we care and love for our pets, accidents and illness's happen. What would you do if your dog got hit by car, or your cat got a serious illness?
You could be out of pocket hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for treatment and care. With pet Insurance the financial stress is taken away from you.
PetPlan is a reputable insurance company specializing in providing the best cover for your pet. They offer affordable cover with monthly or yearly payments. Premiums are low cost and your can choose a that suits your budget.
 
How it Works..
When you choose PetPlan as your pet insurance company, you are able to choose a plan that will suit your budget and your pet's needs. There are multiple types of cover, depending on what your needs are, check out the website for more information.  Once you have chosen the plan that suits your best, you then choose the excess which is going to be affordable to you and is payed to the vet at the time of your pets visit. The excesses are very affordable. The more excess you opt to pay the less your premiums will be. If you are making a claim, all you have to pay is the excess, and then PetPlan will pay the remaining amount.
 
What does PetPlan cover?PetPlan covers Veterinary fees for illness and injury. Depending on the type of plan you choose, your amount will cover you from $10,000 to $20,000. PetPlan will also cover death from illness, death from injury, boarding fees, advertising and reward, loss by theft or straying, holiday cancellation and third party liability. These types of cover will depend on the type of plan you choose. Third party liability is covered in all plans and is increasingly important in the case of legal action.
Your pet can be covered from 8 weeks of age and up to age of 4-8 years depending on the breed. Once you have PetPlan insurance your pet will covered for life. 
PetPlan also cover for Horse Insurance and have policies tailored to suit your needs, with a number of benefits that you can mix and match including illness cover for horses, horse floats cover and third party liability. 
PetPlan also offers 4 WEEKS FREE for pets from 8 weeks of age, up to 1 year. In the four weeks free you will be covered for up to $3500 worth of accident or illness. If you have to make a claim in that period, all you have to pay is $150. If you do not make a claim the 4 weeks free, you do not pay anything and there is no obligation to take up the insurance policy.
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Poochie Pupsicles
by Modern Dog

BASIC RECIPE:
1 ripe banana
4 cups orange juice
1/2 cup plain yogurt

Puree all ingredients in a blender - or simply mash the banana by hand and combine with the juice and yogurt - then pour into a pupsicle mold, freeze, and serve to your hot dogs.

VARIATIONS:
Switch up your fruit. Try subbing in:
Blueberries
Strawberries
Peach
Watermelon
Or mix in some peanut butter.

You can also vary the juice you use. Try pineapple juice or apple juice; just check to be sure the juice you use is all-natural and has no added sugar.

Modern Dog pup-approved combinations include:

* watermelon, strawberry, pineapple juice, and yogurt
* peanut butter, banana, apple juice, and yogurt

Savory Pupsicles
Homemade (no salt) chicken-broth pops

Had barbecued chicken for dinner? Don’t chuck the carcass! Throw it in a large pot, cover with water, and let it simmer for an hour and a half. Cool, then pick the meat off, discarding the bone but keeping the cartilage, meat, and broth. Left over cooked carrots and/or peas? Mash them up and mix them in! Pour the chicken broth into your Popsicle mold (save whatever’s leftover as a tasty addition to your dog’s next few meals) and freeze. Best served outside.
 
Feeling lazy?
Simply cube some Watermelon, chuck it in a Ziplock baggie, and toss it in to the freezer for a natural, on-the-go “freezie” you and your dog can share.
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