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Warm-a-pet Heart Beat

I would like to introduce you all to the newest product from Warm-a-Pet –  Heart Beat Simulator.

I have been dealing with Judy from Warm-a-Pet for about 13/14 years. I originally bought TWO of their Deluxe Heat Pads in 2000 with Car adaptor at a Pet Shop for $130 each (have seen them advertised for $180 in 2014). I then contacted Judy directly who was thrilled to help wildlife carers and sell the heat pads direct for less than half what I paid.

Over the years her Brilliant partner, John has developed new heat pads, thermostat and now the Heart Beat Simulator. I wish I had asked them about one 13 years ago.

This will not only be brilliant for Orphaned Marsupials it will a life line for people caring for orphaned domestic mammals.

Thank you Warm-a-Pet, John & Judy for supporting Australian Volunteer Wildlife Carers.

 

Warm-a-Pet Wildlife Price List Nov.2014 (2)

 

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SAVING CAR HIT WILDLIFE

If you ever hit wildlife while driving OR you see wildlife that has been hit PLEASE STOP.

  • Remove animal from Road
  • Check to see if it is still alive. If it is alive, IMEDIATELY take it to the closest Veterinarian.
  • If it is dead, for Koalas, Macropods, possums, check to see if it is male or female. If it is female, look/feel the outside of the pouch area for a joey. ALL Marsupials infants are called joeys – koalas, possums, gliders, numbats, bilbies, wombats, and more.
  • If there is a joey in the pouch the next stages are very critical. If the joey is furless, (a pinkie) it is ESSENTIAL NOT to pull the joey out of the pouch (or off the teat). If it is pulled off the teat it will start bleeding into the brain and die.
  • With the joey still attached to the teat, insert a safety pin (paper clip etc.) through the center of the teat as close to the joeys mouth. This is to stop the joey from swallowing the teat.
  • Using scissors, Stanley knife or similar cut the teat as close as possible to the Mother.
  • With two hands clasped firmly around the joey to gently remove it from the pouch.

NEVER PICK UP A JOEY BY GRASPING AROUND THE RIBS AS YOU WOULD A DOG OR CAT AS YOU CAN DO ENORMOUS DAMAGE TO THEIR FRAGILE RIBS.

  • Pinkie joeys can NOT thermoregulate so they need artificial heat. The joey will be kept at 32 degrees. All injured wildlife need extra warm after an accident and stress. I suggest (if there is a female MOP) that the pinkie be kept inside her bra on the left side so the joey hears her heart & gets warmth. If the ‘saver’ is male but the joey against bare skin in the chest area near heart.
  • For a Furred joey – wrap it in a jacket, t-shirt towel.
  • Have your car very quiet (preferably no talking, music etc)
  • Never allow anyone to peek/look at the joeys.
  • Never allow child or pets to hold or get near the joey,
  • NEVER give ‘saved’ wildlife anything to EAT OR DRINK NOT even water.
  • Get the joey to a Licensed Wildlife Carer, a Wildlife Veterinarian or a Wildlife Rescue Group IMEDIATELY.

Following the above steps are essential and will mean the difference between the joey living or dying.

There are instances where the joey could have been flung from the mother’s pouch on impact or a member of the public has already removed it from the mother’s pouch.

Unfortunately, sometimes well meaning members of the public give the joey to their children to play with it, place it into a box or just simply lay it on the floor. These joeys often never recover from the stress of this type of treatment and die.

A joey whose mother has killed may be dehydrated and in shock and could also be suffering from hyperglycaemia and/or hypothermia. So the joey needs to taken to someone who knows what needs to be done.

The below information is essential to be given to the carer so the orphaned joey gets the appropriate treatment.

Before leaving the site PLEASE:

  1. About what time was the Mother hit? Was her body warm?
  2. Identify Mother’s species.
  3. What injuries did the Mother sustain, what areas of her body were hit by the car.
  4. What condition was the Mother in (before accident).

 

 

 

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Killed by a Carpet Python

This possum was killed by a Caret Snake that tried to eat the possum until it realised it was too big to eat & left it close to my patio door to find first thing in morning.

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Brushtail Possums

Brushtail Possums

Dave & Lucky ready for ‘soft release’ into the wild

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Brushtail Possum

Brushtail Possum

Cecilia’s Tummy all healed. Dr Amber at Aust Zoo Wildlife Hospital has been put on notice she may have to plastic surgery to rebuild Cecilia’s pouch if needed.

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Brushtail Possum

Brushtail Possum

‘Cecilia’ Had emergency surgery at Aust Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Post operation (twisted bowel) with ‘staples’

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Brushtail Possum

Brushtail Possum

“Cecilia” growing fast, now having bottles.

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