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Snake envenomation in dogs in New South Wales.
Aust Vet J. 2005 May; 83(5):286-92.AV

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To obtain baseline data on the prevalence of elapid snake envenomation in dogs presented to veterinary practices in New South Wales and to assess attitudes of veterinarians to this clinical entity.

PROCEDURE

A mailed questionnaire, sent to all veterinary clinics within New South Wales, was utilised to collect epidemiological information regarding elapid snake envenomation in dogs.

RESULTS

A response rate of 68% was obtained and a yearly prevalence of snake envenomation in dogs across New South Wales veterinary clinics was estimated as 0.31%. The most common species reported to be responsible for envenomation within NSW was the Red Bellied Black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) followed by the Brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) and then Tiger snake (Notechis scutatus). The reported envenomation syndromes caused by these common snake species were perceived to be similar for Brown and Tiger snakes but differed for Red Bellied Black snakes. Diagnosis of snake envenomation was based predominantly on the recognition of clinical signs. Specific diagnostic tests, such as venom detection kits, were used infrequently. The most common treatment was reported to be a combination of intravenous fluid therapy and antivenom, and monitoring of response to this treatment was usually through assessment of clinical signs. Survival after antivenom administration was reported to be highest for Red Bellied Black snake species. Survival was perceived to be associated with time between envenomation and presentation to the veterinary clinic and with antivenom administration.

CONCLUSIONS

Current attitudes and perceptions of veterinarians have been defined. Diagnosis of species-specific snake envenomation is shown to be made on the basis of clinical signs which are, however, reported as similar for each species. Clearer definition of these envenomation syndromes and identification of accessible diagnostic testing procedures are needed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University Veterinary Centre, Camden.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15957391

Citation

Heller, J, et al. "Snake Envenomation in Dogs in New South Wales." Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 83, no. 5, 2005, pp. 286-92.
Heller J, Bosward KL, Hodgson JL, et al. Snake envenomation in dogs in New South Wales. Aust Vet J. 2005;83(5):286-92.
Heller, J., Bosward, K. L., Hodgson, J. L., Cole, F. L., Reid, S. W., Hodgson, D. R., & Mellor, D. J. (2005). Snake envenomation in dogs in New South Wales. Australian Veterinary Journal, 83(5), 286-92.
Heller J, et al. Snake Envenomation in Dogs in New South Wales. Aust Vet J. 2005;83(5):286-92. PubMed PMID: 15957391.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Snake envenomation in dogs in New South Wales. AU - Heller,J, AU - Bosward,K L, AU - Hodgson,J L, AU - Cole,F L, AU - Reid,S W J, AU - Hodgson,D R, AU - Mellor,D J, PY - 2005/6/17/pubmed PY - 2005/8/16/medline PY - 2005/6/17/entrez SP - 286 EP - 92 JF - Australian veterinary journal JO - Aust. Vet. J. VL - 83 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To obtain baseline data on the prevalence of elapid snake envenomation in dogs presented to veterinary practices in New South Wales and to assess attitudes of veterinarians to this clinical entity. PROCEDURE: A mailed questionnaire, sent to all veterinary clinics within New South Wales, was utilised to collect epidemiological information regarding elapid snake envenomation in dogs. RESULTS: A response rate of 68% was obtained and a yearly prevalence of snake envenomation in dogs across New South Wales veterinary clinics was estimated as 0.31%. The most common species reported to be responsible for envenomation within NSW was the Red Bellied Black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) followed by the Brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) and then Tiger snake (Notechis scutatus). The reported envenomation syndromes caused by these common snake species were perceived to be similar for Brown and Tiger snakes but differed for Red Bellied Black snakes. Diagnosis of snake envenomation was based predominantly on the recognition of clinical signs. Specific diagnostic tests, such as venom detection kits, were used infrequently. The most common treatment was reported to be a combination of intravenous fluid therapy and antivenom, and monitoring of response to this treatment was usually through assessment of clinical signs. Survival after antivenom administration was reported to be highest for Red Bellied Black snake species. Survival was perceived to be associated with time between envenomation and presentation to the veterinary clinic and with antivenom administration. CONCLUSIONS: Current attitudes and perceptions of veterinarians have been defined. Diagnosis of species-specific snake envenomation is shown to be made on the basis of clinical signs which are, however, reported as similar for each species. Clearer definition of these envenomation syndromes and identification of accessible diagnostic testing procedures are needed. SN - 0005-0423 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15957391/Snake_envenomation_in_dogs_in_New_South_Wales_ L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=0005-0423&date=2005&volume=83&issue=5&spage=286 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -