Jump to content

Just say you had an Echidna...


  • Please log in to reply
22 replies to this topic

#1 fionah

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:31 PM

... and it had 7 ticks on it.
Would you remove them yourself (almost 10 years of Vet Nurse experience) or wait for who knows how long for the WIRES rescue lady to call back and see what she says?

Fi

#2 Meagan

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:36 PM

If I were a vet nurse, I would, I assume, be ok with removing them myself. The only issue would be do you know how to handle an Echidna?

#3 HRH Countrymel

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

If I was a vet nurse who knew how to do it I would do it myself.

If I were a vet nurse who thought maybe I could possibly, perhaps do it... then I'd probably wait to see what WIRES said..

My Mum was a former Vet nurse, she knew what she could and couldn't do.... trust yourself OP.


#4 DEVOCEAN

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

If you have had 10yrs of being a vets nurse, remove them. The wait for someone from wires could be awhile and allow more of the toxin into his/her system.

#5 Guest_Marquise_*

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:46 PM

remove them yourself.
(and good on you for looking after the little beastie)

#6 DEVOCEAN

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:49 PM

Echidnas can be so cute. I remember the one we cared for when dad found it injured. We called him a really original name 'spike'.

#7 CatMumma

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

Just dont p*ss him off while your doing it

#8 emnut

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

It would depend on how comfortable you are in handling the echidna (I don't necessarily think that having vet nurse experience matters all that much if you have never been in contact with/handled an echidna before personally)

#9 HRH Countrymel

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

QUOTE (~~diz~~ @ 21/02/2013, 05:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just dont p*ss him off while your doing it


It won't do anything... when they feel threatened they just curl up and try to hide.  

What do you think the spines are for?  They are their protection, not an offensive weapon!

A male has a spur but it cannot inject poison like a platypus spur.

#10 fionah

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:40 PM

8 ticks removed, Echidna released and no return call from Wires as yet.

I am very comfortable handling natives, just wanted to make sure others felt I was doing the right thing.

Fi original.gif

#11 Mercurial

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:47 PM

I just tried to like your update - too much time on Facebook today  wacko.gif

Well done - happy echidna!

#12 rainycat

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:52 PM

Excellent work!

#13 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:12 PM

Good stuff.

When we had the local wombat wrangler attend our place to remove a rogue wombat, they also used ivermectin to give the wombat additional protection. It might be worth asking about how you'd treat various natives, for the next time. wink.gif

I love echidnas. wub.gif

#14 kadoodle

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

Yay for the de-ticked echidna.  I've held one once (a school trip as a kid to the zoo) and it was pretty amazing.

#15 unicorn

Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

I haven't had a lot of experience with echidnas, but they are sweet little creatures. Most native animals are fairly immune to ticks, but I would remove them too. You can buy tick twister remover things that are great for removing ticks, especially in harder to reach places.

#16 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:32 PM

well done!

#17 Etcetera

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:51 AM

Any pics?

Good on you original.gif

#18 DEVOCEAN

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:14 AM

Good news.

QUOTE (Mercurial @ 21/02/2013, 06:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just tried to like your update - too much time on Facebook today  wacko.gif

Well done - happy echidna!

Am I worse than you, because as I read your post I silently thought to myself 'Yay we have a like button, where is it."

#19 Therese

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:18 AM

Well done!

#20 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:59 PM

And fi,

where are our pics? Surely you took pics!!!!!!! cool.gif

Edited by *Spikey*, 22 February 2013 - 07:00 PM.


#21 Coffeegirl

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:11 PM

I had to stop in the middle of the road to let an echnida cross a few weeks ago.  In the middle of suburban Sydney.  I've never seen one in the wild  blush.gif   The woman driving in the oppoaite direction stopped too and we just sat there with our jaws hanging while it crossed the road.   I was too gobsmacked to even get a pic.

Good on you for caring for it!  Wires can be a bit slow here to respond to calls as well.  Probably because there is only one woman in the whole area and she works as well sad.gif

#22 kadoodle

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:20 PM

QUOTE (*Spikey* @ 22/02/2013, 07:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And fi,

where are our pics? Surely you took pics!!!!!!! cool.gif



+1

#23 MeerkatMum

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:30 PM

Most native animals are immune to tick toxins  original.gif




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Get over 40% off selected products, including prams, baby carriers, cloth nappies, sleeping bags and much more! 24 hours only, on May 6 - register now for your special code.

Kelly Clarkson shares first photos of son

Kelly Clarkson has shown off the first photos of her son, Remington Alexander Blackstock.

5 childbirth myths that need to be busted

Birth is an unpredictable, mysterious process that intrigues us all, and there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Mum of three fatally shot by toddler while driving

A US mother has been shot by her toddler while driving on a highway in Wisconsin.

All you need is one minute to work out

The seven-minute-work out is old news. Research shows the effectiveness of going hell-for-leather for just one minute.

Pregnant women needed to join diabetes study

Pregnant woman in country Australia will help Adelaide researchers figure out why cases of type 1 diabetes have doubled over the past two decades.

Just announced: the Mountain Buggy Unirider

It's the perfect solution to combat those toddler meltdowns when they no longer want to be in a pram but can't walk long distances.

Authorities euthanise dog that fatally bit a newborn baby

A pit bull mix that fatally bit a 3-day-old infant last week has been euthanised, authorities said.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Why it's perfectly natural to dislike other people's children

Members of a popular forum are fiercely debating whether it is acceptable to dislike a friend's child.

Woman gives birth on plane, names baby after airline

A pregnant woman who unexpectedly gave birth on a flight has named her new baby after the airline, Jetstar.

Heartwarming photos show the joy of adoption after foster care

Children living in foster care can feel like their future is less than clear. But that uncertainty disappears the day they are adopted by their "forever family" 

'Oh my god, it's a baby!' Mum shocked to give birth

When the cramps started to kick in, Klara Dollan just assumed a painful period was starting.

Mum's Facebook plea: 'Help me find my daughter's father'

Kerryn has a unusual present planned for daughter Imi's 13th birthday celebrations - she hopes to be able to be able to give the soon-to-be the teenager her first ever photo of her dad.

Is it possible for your house to be too clean?

Our houses are cleaner than ever before. But how clean is too clean? Could a sterile home be putting your family's health at risk?

Millions of Monkeys: puzzles that grow with your toddler

Here's a puzzle that grows with them; the Puzzle Grow Pack by Millions of Monkeys.

Baby names from Britpop

If you grew up in the 90s you might want to look to the genre of Britpop music for baby name inspiration.

What to eat and drink when you have gastro

When you catch a bug that causes acute infectious gastroenteritis (gastro), your stomach and intestinal tract become inflamed, causing diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and pain. The last thing you probably feel like doing is eating.

'To this day, I owe her my life'

Would I have survived if I hadn't crossed that street?

Why baby Sonny needs you to vaccinate your children

Caitlin is a firm believer in the importance of immunisation to protect children from harmful and deadly diseases.

Five-year-old's photo captures beauty of motherhood

There is no make-up or special outfits and hairdos, but the five-year-old boy who took this picture captured the essence of motherhood as well as any professional photographer.

Babies know whether you are naughty or nice

Studies have shown that infants in the first months of life try to avoid dealing with social wrongdoers - for example, sharing less with them and helping them less - and they expect others to, too.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Get over 40% off selected products, including prams, baby carriers, cloth nappies, sleeping bags and much more! 24 hours only, on May 6 - register now for your special code.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

ENTER NOW

Do your kids love bananas?

This is the comp for you! We have $800 worth of Myer gift cards and boxes of Australian Bananas to be won. Entry is simple: just post a pic of your little one enjoying a banana in the comments of the FB post to enter.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.