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November Melbourne Cup News 2017
This month, learn more about diabetes in pets and what you can do to reduce the risks.  Learn a few interesting facts about horses - who knows, they might just help you pick the Melbourne Cup winner! Not to be outdone, Baby regales you with tales of super-parrot senses and talents. Happy reading!!!!


Puppy Preschool Grads:

Check out these Puppy Preschool Graduates Nugget, Ringo, Ace and Diesel - aren't they just too cute?? They have been working very hard along with their owners over the last 4 weeks, studying how to become polite pets. Each puppy performed a trick to graduate and made their "people parents" proud! Go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/moffatbeachvet/ to see more cute photos.

November is Diabetes awareness month.  

 November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Even in humans, this disease can go unnoticed and untreated until it is quite advanced. This is even more of a problem in our pets. The most common signs of diabetes are increased thirst and urination. Many of us have no idea how much our pets drink during the day while we are at work and the increased urination is usually only noticed when pets start to wet inside overnight (and this is frequently not noticed in cats who are able to use a litter tray rather than having to go outside). Follow these simple tips to help reduce the risk of diabetes in your precious pet.
  • Feed a healthy, balanced diet to maintain a lean body weight
  • Exercise regularly - this is easy enough for dogs but a little trickier for cats. Encourage cats to play with toys for a few minutes each day, feed your cat upstairs so they have to climb the stairs daily to get their food. Install shelving to encourage your cat to jump and perch.
  • If your pet is overweight, seek advice from your veterinarian or trusted veterinary nurse to formulate a safe and effective weight loss plan
  • Ensure your pet has a physical examination with the vet once or twice a year and make use of wellness blood testing to monitor your pets blood glucose levels.

Interesting "Horsey" Facts

 With Melbourne Cup upon us this month, we thought you would like to learn some interesting facts about horses - they really are amazing creatures!!!
  • Newborn foals can walk and run just a few hours after birth
  • There are 205 bones in the horse skeleton
  • Domestic horses live an anverage of 25 years, but the oldest on record is "Old Billy" who lived to be a whopping 62 years of age
  • The top speed of the average horse is 27 miles per hour. The fastes horse on record could reach 55 miles per hour!
  • When a horse is galloping, there is a point when all four feet are off the ground at once (sounds like they really do "fly" down the track on race day!)
  • Studies have shown that horses have excellent memories - possibly even better than elephants.


Baby Blog: 

So it's Melbourne Cup again - big deal! What makes horses so great anyway???? Yes, I've read the newsletter this month, and yes, I suppose some of the "horsey" facts are cool - sort of. But compared to a horse, we parrots are literally super-heroes with AMAZING talents. Check out these interesting parrot facts....
  • Parrots are incredibly intelligent birds - the African Grey Parrot is thought to have an IQ similar to that of the average 8 year old human child. They can be taught to count, recognise shapes, letters and more!
  • The parrot is the only type of bird that can bring food to its mouth using its feet - we should seriously be invited to more dinner parties because we really have exceptional table manners
  • Parrots can see UV light (ok, that's not quite as cool as super-man's xray vision but it comes pretty darn close in my books)
  • Large parrots (like cockatoos) can live for more than 75 years and even the small ones (like me) can live up to 15 years!
  • Parrots don't have vocal cords. They have amazing control over the trachea/wind pipe and can alter the shape and depth of it to produce noises of different pitch (so yeah, maybe don't laugh at me the next time I blog about trying out for "birdie idol" or "the voice" you puny humans!!)
  • A parrot's beak can close with a force close to 160kg psi (don't stick your fingers in my cage - I will draw blood

Good luck at the races....

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