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What Creature is That?


If you found a rat in your house, maybe your cat has just bought you a live present from the garden, could you tell if it was a common ship rat or a native rat-like marsupial such as an Antechinus, Dunnart or Planigale?

It is important to recognise the difference so we do not accidentally trap or
poison our native inhabitants. The most common introduced rat (ship rat) has a tail that is longer than their body, while native species have a tail that is shorter than their body.

Native species are also generally half the size of a ship rat. So next time you get close to a rodent – have a closer look.

Handling Emergencies


I recommend that all clients call my mobile if there is an urgent problem. During working hours I normally conduct an examination and if required, refer patients to the ‘BVSC Centre’ at Albany Creek.

If I cannot be contacted after hours (i.e. my mobile message informs you that the phone is switched off) please call the Pet ER on 3359 5333.

VetVan regularly manages non-urgent and semi-urgent animal health problems; acute emergencies are normally referred to a veterinary hospital.


Feline Pain


People often assume a cat is not in pain if it is not crying out. Well I have a story about feline pain. A couple of years ago, I examined a cat that had quite severe dental disease, I recommended a detailed examination under anaesthetic, where I discovered deep pockets of infection around a few
teeth, along with exposed nerve endings. I removed the offending teeth and recovery was uneventful.

A few weeks later I was speaking to the client and he informed me that he now realised his cat had been suffering from pain because only now could the cat bite when being harassed by the clients girlfriend! Previously the cat had only squirmed.

The lesson is that a cat is only likely to cry out in pain if the pain stimulus is short, sharp and moderate to extreme! It requires careful observation and a detailed examination to definitively determine if an animal is in mild to moderate pain, or has pain of slow onset.



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