Emergency Situations

  • Rabies is transmitted by a virus and probably the most horrendous disease affecting warm blooded animals which include dogs and humans. It is almost always fatal.

  • The diaphragm is the muscular sheet which separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity and is important in breathing movements. If it becomes ruptured, organs from the abdominal cavity may pass through the tear to enter and lie within the chest cavity next to the heart and lungs.

  • The diaphragm is the muscular partition which separates the abdomen from the chest. Tearing or disruption of this partition is called a diaphragmatic rupture.

  • Seizures and epilepsy are less commonly encountered in cats than dogs. They are, however, the most common sign of disease affecting the front part of the brain in the cat.

  • Seizures are one of the most frequently seen neurological problems in dogs. A seizure is also known as a convulsion or fit.

  • In Australia there are about 3,000 snake bites per year, of which 200 to 500 receive anti-venom. On average, one or two of will prove fatal.

  • Ticks are common in Australia and problems associated with them vary from the benign bush tick which causes local skin irritation to the sometimes fatal paralysis tick seen mainly in coastal areas on the east coast of Australia.

  • Tick toxicity or paralysis in dogs is due to the toxin from a tick called Ixodes holocyclus or the paralysis tick.

  • It is sometimes said that because cats are fussy eaters they are less easily poisoned than dogs. However, with their curiosity and fastidious grooming, intoxication is not that uncommon.

  • Urticaria is an allergic phenomenon. Food, drugs, vaccines and particularly insect bites and stings can be responsible.