Archive for the ‘toxins’ Category

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

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

C.S.I Ewingsdale – Hendrix Goes Down

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

It’s a dangerous world out there and when pets go roaming, things can turn nasty. One of the most famous of all threats in nature are venomous snakes, of which Australia has some of the most deadly…. Read more

Tick Serum Shortages

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Watch out! This years severe tick season has depleted our national antivenom stockpile, and manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand. The current weather pattern is doing more than just… 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

Advantage? Not for Bees, Perhaps

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

A recent study published in the Journal of Toxicology has revealed higher levels of environmental persistence and sensitivity of bees to Imidacloprid, the active in Advantage and Advantix, than… Read more

When the Oxidant is Onion, and Effect is Anaemia

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The humble onion has always seemed the most unlikely of toxins but, it’s true, they can kill  both dog and cat.   Yet many pet owners have long fed onion-bearing leftovers to dogs with no apparent… Read more

Stories of freakish pet injury or death

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

This is a cumulative list of horror stories of pet ownership: accidents, rare but predictable, from which we can learn and try to avoid;  and the totally freakish,  nobody could foresee. There’s… Read more