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Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet

Trude Mostue is a TV veteran and her CV is impressive. But as she says, going into the wild, is more often than not about technical hitches rather than animal magic. Taking an exam is hard enough, studying for it while under the non-blinking eye of a TV camera must be a nightmare – but then the trick is acting as if the camera is not there. Trude Mostue managed that through 111 episodes of Vet School ...

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A Day in the Life of

Learning to be a vet is hard enough _ to do the training in a language that is not natural to you is even more astonishing. Here Norwegian Trude Mostue talks about her early days and the life and times of being a practising vet in the South West of England. So you want to be a vet? You know what it’s all about because you’ve watched the successful BBC series of vet programmes that have been runn ...

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Behavioural Problems

LIKE people, animals come in all shades of moods. There are the meek and themild as well as the happy and snappy. But, like humans, temperament can becontrolled and bad vibes channelled into positive energy. With animals, as it is for humans, it is down to training. And obedience training is one of the best things you can do for your dog andyourself. Obedience training will not solve all behaviour problems, ...

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Keep That Tail Wagging

Looking after your dog is a big responsibility and you need help. Let your vet keep an eye on your dog’s health by giving it regular check up. You want a happy, tail-wagging dog, don’t you? Keeping your pet well is a big responsibility – but it is one that is well rewarded. The number one priority is vaccination to keep nasty – and crucially – avoidable diseases at bay. Inocula ...

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Moggy or Pedigree

Choosing a cat is hard enough, but before you are introduced to your new, pet you need a good idea of what type of cat you would like to own. Will you go for moggy or pedigree? So you have made half a decision – you are going to have a cat as a pet. The next question is of Hamlet-like proportions; to be a moggy or not to be? There are plenty of cats in this world and there are plenty to choose from. O ...

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Fishy Business

Keeping a tank full of fish is a relatively maintenance-free way of enjoying a pet but that doesn’t mean no work at all. Plenty of planning is needed before you make your first buys. If you thought an aquarium was someone born between January and February and a goldfish tank was something they used in World War II you might be surprised at how simple it is to create and keep your own little window to ...

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Small Furry Animals

In the world of pets small can be beautiful and loveable. RABBITS RABBITS, symbols of innocence and life (the Easter Bunny) and playfulcunning (Bug’s Bunny), make excellent pets. If you’re buying a pair, makesure they’re not of the opposite sex: they breed S well, like rabbits.It’s a good idea anyway to have your rabbit spayed or neutered to make itmore docile and reduce spraying, ch ...

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Nutrition

The right diet and the right food are essential for the well being of your pet. There is a lot more to caring for your animal than opening a tin or ripping open a sachet of pet food. Cats Nutrition THE history book suggests the only truly balanced and complete diet for the cat is the one provided by nature - freshly killed prey. Cats evolved as pure carnivores and this means their nutritional requirements a ...

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A Bird in Hand

THERE are a bewildering number of bird species available for the modern day bird fancier but the most popular birds are finches, budgerigars and parrots. Before choosing a bird there are several important factors to consider. The life spans of birds vary enormously. While the average life span of a pet Budgerigar is between seven and nine years, some parrots can live for 100 years or more. So if you decide ...

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Carry on Vet

TAKING an exam is hard enough, studying for it while under the non-blinking eye of a TV camera must be a nightmare _ but then the trick is acting as if the camera is not there. Trude Mostue managed that through 111 episodes of Vet School _ she was a natural. So natural that after Vet School came Vets in Practice _ 11 of them, Vets in the Wild _ two series of eight programmes for Discovery, Vets to the Rescu ...

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