Flat-faced dogs can’t stand the heat
10 January 2019
It’s time to crank the air-conditioning for flat-faced dogs such as the Pug, French Bulldog and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These dogs (known as Brachycephalic breeds) are not very well designed for our hot summer months and are very susceptible to heat stress. Read more
Beware of ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’ or ‘Morning, Noon and Night’ the pretty but toxic backyard plant“Tara” Taylor, a very cute six year old Dalmatian, presented to us at Narellan Animal Hospital with rapidly deteriorating nervous symptoms that were developing into seizures.
Tara is one of those dogs that would eat anything, so we were very suspicious that she had managed to poison herself by eating something really stupid. The most likely culprit to have poisoned Tara that day was the very popular plant Brunfelsia australis otherwise known as ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’ or ‘Morning, Noon and Night’.
Meet Tara Taylor the brave survivorTara was admitted into hospital, placed on IV fluids and treatment to control her seizures was initiated. We managed to control Tara’s fits and stabilise her. Tara was then going to require 24-hour monitoring and ongoing intensive care for an unknown amount of time so an animal ambulance was called to carry her to The Animal Referral Hospital at Homebush for continuous overnight care.
All went well with Tara and she is now home and recovering well. ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’ is a common and beautiful garden plant, and toxicity due to animals ingesting does occur. But it is important to know that all parts of this plant are poisonous – particularly the berries at this time of year.
There is no specific antidote. If you have this plant and there is any chance you think your pet may like to chew on it, such as having a new puppy digging up the garden, we would strongly advise segregating it until the risk has passed.