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Tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) envenomation in a horse

Cullimore, A., Lester, G.D. and Swindells, K.L. (2013) Tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) envenomation in a horse. Australian Veterinary Journal, 91 (9). pp. 381-384.

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Background: A 7-year-old Thoroughbred gelding presented with muscle fasciculation, reluctance to move, profuse sweating, tachycardia, tachypnoea and a localised, unilateral swelling on the muzzle. History and physical examination were suggestive of snake envenomation. Methods: A sandwich ELISA for the detection of snake venom was performed on serum and urine samples. Result: The test performed on urine confirmed a diagnosis of tiger snake envenomation. Conclusion: The response to treatment with antivenom and supportive medical therapy was excellent.

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