Posts Tagged ‘toxin’

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

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

Lily toxicity in cats: clarification

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Recently a client threw me a question that had me stumped, and curious.  Are all members of the lily family toxic to cats? Online message boards had the answer in minutes. If you’re a cat… 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