Tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) envenomation in a horse

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Abstract

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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