Archive for the ‘Infectious disease’ Category

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

Mange: Demodex in the Dog

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

This is a story of a common skin complaint in young dogs, that often spontaneously resolves without treatment. The more chronic, severe form can leave a dog looking like something off the streets of… 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

Parvo Transmission by Human Hand

Friday, July 9th, 2010

The Parvo Outbreak, Ocean Shores (aka P.O.O.) continues to hit the fan, having now infected 8 and killed 2. It’s over two months since a newly-purchased pup carried the virus into the area. The… Read more

Vaccination Controversy, in man and animal

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

The recent bout of fitting toddlers in Perth, and death of a Brisbane infant within 12 hours of a routine, seasonal flu jab, is a tragic yet timely prompt for a conversation surrounding vaccination… Read more

Parvo Outbreak, Ocean Shores, NSW

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Scattered around the environment, like deadly confetti, Parvovirus is a hardy, virulent and highly contagious virus that strikes down hundreds of dogs each year. With a mortality rate up to 90%, it’s… Read more

Herd Immunity, Whooping and Kennel coughs

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Herd immunity is the protective firewall you enjoy when enough of your social circle is vaccinated. Even if you’re susceptible to a disease, you can’t catch it, because there isn’t anyone to give it… Read more

Tummy Troubles? What to do…

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Given the secret lives of pets, and their propensity to vacuum up and swallow anything, digestible or inedible, natural or man-made, palatable or not, it’s not unusual for vets to see pets off-colour… Read more

Google-mapping infectious diseases

Monday, March 1st, 2010

When making educated decisions on the need for vaccination, pet owners are often keen to hear of disease occurrence. Traditionally, without centralised monitoring of diseases, like those recorded… Read more

The secret lives of pets: forensic medicine

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Without any direct verbal input from the patient, diagnosis of complex disease in animals may demand a forensic approach. Pets, both indoors and out, are quietly trying to kill themselves, or hide… Read more