Officially passed third year! I hope all you other murdoch guys did well too :)
By far my favorite days we spent in Africa were the days spent working with buffalo. Trying to explain buffalo is a little bit like when someone says that annoying line ‘they are just like… but not really’ - In this case insert the word cattle. They are solid, temperamental bundles of muscle and crazy. Even sedated it took most of my body weight just to keep a head steady and it proved sitting against them was the easiest way to keep them upright… turns out it also looked pretty cool in photos.
The first day we spent with these amazing creatures we were taking measurements, blood samples and taging. Best way to get good at taking jugular bloods? Bleed a bunch of buffalo, we were all pretty good at it by the end of the day. The purpose of this was to screen for corridor disease in the area and before these buffalo were sold.
Later in the week we were called out to a private park to perform rumenotomy on a pretty skinny looking buffalo. This involved darting the animal and loading it onto the back of the buki and driving to a small grassed area to perform the surgery. The drugs were a little different and keeping tabs on the anesthetic was interesting but it was pretty much just like in cattle: Incision in the flank and through into the rumen. There were a few small scraps of hardware pulled out before she was closed back up and left to recover. Needless to say she wasn’t our biggest fan once the drugs wore off but she was looking rather well when we left her.
The only time oxygen therapy isn’t indicated is if the animal is on fire
When is it ok to get your patients drunk?
If you bring your dog to the emergency room with Ethylene Glycol toxicity and the vet pops out for a minute to the local liquor store, don’t worry he doesn’t have a drinking problem!
Well he could but that isn’t relevant.. He’s off to save your dogs life!
Ethanol is just the thing to use in this case as it competitively inhibits the enzyme Alcohol Dehydrogenase, which breaks down ethylene glycol into toxic metabolites. So spiking a bag of IV fluids with vodka is a completely relevant way to save your dog (please don’t try this at home!) and let him excrete the ethylene glycol before it gets too nasty… your pooch may be a little groggy though!