Archive for the ‘INDUSTRY’ Category

Beach Butchery: Sperm Whale Disposal

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The squeamish should look away now. A team from the Australian Museum was recruited to dispose of a dead Sperm Whale.  Dismembered into more manageable pieces, the carcass was then buried on site…. Read more

Dumbing-Down our Pets with Insecticides?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Three recent articles have revealed exposure of the fetus to Organophosphates (OPs), a class of insecticide commonly used on our food crops and pets, stunts cognitive development  throughout… Read more

Effects of Bowel Flora on Wellbeing

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

The ecosystem that lives in your gut is complex, dynamic, amazonian in scale  and poorly understood. It’s affected by genes and what we put in our mouths: food, bacteria, probiotics and antibiotics…. Read more

Georgie Crawford: Addicted to Toad

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

This La Nina cycle has brought plenty of welcome rain. Our gardens are thriving, but so is the local Cane Toad population. These are a persistent fear of many pet owners and justifiably so: Bufo… Read more

CSI Ballina: Kittens Under the Influence

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Here’s a brief account of two kittens recently adopted-out by a welfare agency.  A few hours after arrival at their new home, one was lapsing into unconsciousness, the other was drunk and having… Read more

Video: Partial Seizure in a Pug?

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Sometimes vets are presented with unusual neurologic cases. Brain function in a animal is no less complex than ours but without verbal input from the patient diagnosis of diseases can be a little… Read more

Splitting Vials: Risk Minimising

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Many pet owners, jack of extortative pricing,  are defying the recommendations of drug manufacturers and vets, and  working-out ways to economise.  When tick season arrives and monthly… Read more

Nutraceutical and Supplement Claims: Man

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Here’s a graphic representation  of the popularity (size of bubble), and strength of scientific evidence (colour) in support of nutraceuticals and dietary supplements. While many are not relevant in… Read more

Canine Tetanus: a Facial Expression to Remember

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Here’s a facial expression you should commit to memory.  A vet may only see it a few times during their career, and a pet owner only once if unlucky. No, it’s not Rabies or ferocious aggression;… Read more

C.S.I Billinudgel: Russell, a 1080 Survivor

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

In one sense, Russell is a very lucky boy. So far, in 6 years, he has survived a blow from a car, several venomous snakebites, obstruction on bladder stones, and secretly snacking on rat poison. If… Read more