Thursday, July 18, 2013

Links roundup: Hendra virus, aquarium fish, respiratory physiology, luxury dog boarding and phodography

Skeleton of Tsavo the lion, viewed at Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria.
This complete lion skeleton once belonged to Tsavo, who died at around 15 years of age weighing 194kg. If you look closely you will note that he was declawed in preparation for a life in the circus. Fortunately he was spared this fate and lived out his days at Melbourne Zoo.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has issued a bulletin updating veterinarians on the challenges of diagnosing Hendra virus, specifically that absence of fever does not exclude Hendra as a differential diagnosis. More information can be found here and information on collecting samples here.

The Centre for Veterinary Education is offering TimeOnline courses, including a new course on pet and aquarium fish (info here, taught by exotics vet Alex Rosenwax) which covers anatomy and physiology, husbandry, emergency medicine and care, examination, anaesthesia, surgery radiography, water quality, microscope diagnosis, common diseases and therapeutics. It looks excellent.

For those of you who don't see many fish, the TimeOnline on respiratory physiology, taught by Katrin Swindells and Ryan Ong, also looks great (info at this link). It reviews respiratory patterns and diagnosis of common causes of dyspnoea, monitoring (capnography, pulse oximetry, response to therapy), supportive care and optimising oxygen support.

On a lighter note, this week I came across the Paw Seasons, a dog boarding facility that I'd book myself into. I am sure Phil would enjoy a break at this establishment. (And if you need to see some dogs running on a beach, click on their summer movie).

Dog photographer Ron Schmidt takes unusual dog portraits which you can view at I can't help but being drawn to the Boston terrier behind the newspaper.