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Vanessas_Pet_Ron_New1.jpgBoisterous Lorikeet

Hi Doctor Alex, I have a two year old male rainbow lorikeet. He is very clever and talks to us all, but he gets very demanding and when he does not get the company he wants he screeches and sometimes bites. How can I protect the neighbours from this noise, and us from the pain, other than giving him time out indoors? He lives in an open aviary on the verandah with his wings clipped and I fear I am looking at more than 20 years of this behaviour He is well endowed with toys and has a close friendship with the cat (he cleans her ears). I did wonder if this racket might be seasonal, since he clearly wants to mate with anything that moves. (His toys are taking a beating). Camille of Ponsonby.

Budgie Lumps

Hi there Alex.

I have a very old budgie that has in the last few months suddenly got very fat. I don’t know if he’s developing a growth, or if his weight has just shot up. How can I tell? I looked underneath, under its feathers and it seems swollen and white with many veins. He still seems to be acting ok, but I don’t like his chances of getting air born!

I was wondering what I should do?

Thanks Aaron & Biggles.

Guinea Pig Skin

Hi Alex, Sadly, two of my lovely guinea pigs have died recently. Both of them had large amounts of hair loss and scratching, they had skin sores and were losing weight, and now my other two guinea pigs are showing the same symptoms. Is there anything I can do? Jane, Pt Chevalier.

Pushy Bird

Hi Doctor Alex, I have a two year old male rainbow lorikeet. He is very clever and talks to us all, but he gets very demanding and when he does not get the company he wants he screeches and sometimes bites. How can I protect the neighbours from this noise, and us from the pain, other than giving him time out indoors?

Rabbit Vaccines

Hi Alex! My girlfriend and I have just got a little brown lop eared rabbit, 4 months old. He seems to be doing really well. I hear we need to get it some shots. Is this right, do you guys do vaccinations for rabbits, what are they for and what else should we be getting checked? G. OneNet. Herne Bay.

Rat Lumps

Hi Alex, bit of a strange one but here we go. The kids and I noticed a lump on the side of one of their rats about 3 or 4 weeks ago, half way up the chest and it seems to be growing really fast. The rat, “Mr Ratty” to them, is 5 years old and is otherwise totally fine; eating, drinking from his bottle, exploring and running around rapidly as they do.

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