Bees only sting once, and typically leave a sting behind in the skin. Wasps may sting multiple times and do not leave a sting behind. In some cases, bee and wasp stings can cause a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.
Benzalkonium Chloride is a disinfecting surfactant that is found is many household cleaners such as Pine-O-Cleen, Dettol and Powerforce in varying strengths. Cats can develop drooling, fever and tongue and oral ulceration after ingesting liquid preparations or even after licking treated surfaces. Signs typically develop hours after exposure. These products are found in most households and are a common cause of poisoning for cats.
Grapes, Sultanas, Currants and Raisins – These can all cause kidney failure in dogs. The cause is unclear, however symptoms include repeated vomiting and lethargy. If your dog has a habit of stealing food off the table, be sure to put dried fruit out of reach (including, fruit cakes, hot cross buns and raisin toast).
Lead poisoning in animals is uncommon but it may occur from the ingestion of fishing sinkers when connected to bait or by ingestion of lead-containing dust or paint when your pet is grooming their contaminated coat.
Lead toxicity results in symptoms predominantly involving the gastrointestinal tract and central nervous system. In acute poisoning, signs may include loss of appetite, vomiting, behavior changes, lethargy, tremors, and intermittent seizures. Signs of chronic lead toxicity tend to be more vague and may include abdominal discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, lethargy, weight loss, anemia, behavior changes and intermittent seizures.
Management of lead toxicity may include; decontamination techniques, supportive treatments or chelation therapy. It is also very important to identify the source of lead and limit any future exposures by removing the source of contamination.
Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Initial signs of ingestion may include vomiting and diarrhea, however more concerning signs may take days to appear as red blood cell changes occur. These include pale mucous membranes, loss of appetite, lethargy, rapid breathing and a rapid heart rate.
If you are not close to a veterinary clinic and the bite was witnessed to have occurred on a limb, apply a pressure immobilisation bandage to that limb before transporting the animal to a veterinarian. The bandage should cover the entire limb, from the paw to the base of the limb. The pressure bandage should not be applied too tight as to restrict blood flow, but at a similar tightness to what would be applied for a sprained ankle. There is no role for a pressure immobilisation bandage for bites that are not on a limb.
The sooner your pet is treated, the better their chances of survival.Symptoms of snake bites include:
– Sudden weakness followed by collapse – Vomiting – Laboured breathing – Paralysis, starting with the hind legs – Loss of bladder and bowel control – Shaking or twitching of the muscles – Blood in the urine
DO NOT try to catch or kill the snake for ID or for any other purpose DO NOT apply a tourniquet DO NOT wash the bite site DO NOT cut, suck or apply any other treatments to the bite-site
If you see a snake on your property, keep a safe distance and contact your local snake catcher or use Snake Catchers.