Posts Tagged ‘neurotoxins’

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

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

When Protein Turns Toxic: Jesse’s Story

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Jesse’s story is one of poor genes, devoted pet-owners, and high-end veterinary intervention.  It offers insight into the clinical decision-making surrounding management of a rare disease that makes… Read more

C.S.I Bangalow: Spiked Custard?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

One of three companion cats at a local nursing home, 1 year-old, Puddles was much loved by staff and residents. He was rushed to hospital after a Friday night on the tiles, with profuse vomiting and… Read more

Heavy metal, abdominal pain in a dog

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Unless you’re unlucky enough to live downwind of a mining operation, lead poisoning is a disease on the decline. Urban vets still intermittently see patients with the characteristic neurological… Read more

C.S.I. Belongil – Backyard forensics

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

This is a case report which highlights the complexities of diagnosing serious disease, in a cat who refuses to let-on about what he’s been up to.  Using-up at least one of his nine lives, Oscar’s… 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

Death by pufferfish

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Most people know what they look like, but few appreciate how deadly the puffer fish really is. Commonly washed up on beaches all around Australia, in varying states of decay, these toxic landmines… Read more