About

Hi, my name is Cheryl MacPherson and I graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1995.  I have been working in emergency practice since 2001 and obtained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in 2003.  I have also spent time teaching clinical anaesthesia at Sydney University and treating injured wildlife in Thailand since then. Variety is the spice of life and emergency practice certainly feeds this desire!  I hope you enjoy my blog and learn something useful that may help your pet in an emergency.

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Neil Wheadon says:

    Well what a professional looking website.
    Greetings from England (the ones you beat at the cricket)
    I work part time for Vets Now who provide OOH cover for about 800 practices in the UK.
    Thanks for setting this up
    Neil

  2. jen says:

    Hi! I got valuable information from your blog earlier, when my cat was sick. We (my vet, who is the most amazing doctor EVER, and I), spent weeks/months trying to diagnose my cat. All the symptoms were of tick paralysis, but I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. The ticks that cause paralysis are not ‘supposed’ to be here, but have been steadily migrating from the USA (midwest), and are now verified in northern USA.

    Even though her symptoms were exactly like tick paralysis, I had not saved the tick I found. The “data” says we do not have those kinds of ticks here, but since she was bitten (September 2013), I have done a lot of research, and it seems like YES they are heading north, and east, and we may have them here.

    The problem with outdoor cats is, they may get bitten, paralyzed, and the owner (companion) just thinks their cat ‘disappeared’, perhaps a victim of a car, dog, or other incident.

    I think it would be good if the veterinary community flagged this as an issue, and started to investigate the incidents of tick paralysis in Eastern Canada. It’s just a thought, that you may want to pass on.

    I love your blog, and also feel a deep respect and admiration for people like you,,,,,,,,,,,, doctors who care, and reach out to the community to do what they can.

    Keep up the good work! Much love from Canada. 🙂

    Jen Keizer

  3. Ciana says:

    Hi Cheryl:

    I wonder if you have any advice. I have a kitten who is 8 wks old today. She started having seizures last week. I’ve taken her to two vets and she is now on Barbifed (which I think is a kind of phenobarbital) and antibiotics. She’s hasn’t had any blood tests done because she is too small. For the past two days she just sits staring into space. I don’t want to trouble her too much because I don’t want to set off an episode, but she looks depressed. What can I do?

    Ciana

    • Hi Ciana,
      It is always difficult to offer advice for a patient when you haven’t personally examined them and don’t have a full history, but it sounds like your kitten is quite unwell. Seizures at this age are potentially due to metabolic or infectious causes (like certain types of parasites). It is very difficult to determine the cause without performing diagnostic tests and some tests (such as blood glucose testing) can be performed on very small volumes of blood. Your kitten may be looking depressed because of the phenobarbitone (which is essentially an anaesthetic drug used in low doses to control seizures) – it takes animals a few days to adjust to the medication. Vets are generally very open to the idea of referring their difficult or confusing medical cases to a specialist veterinarian so if you would like further investigations to be performed which may be beyond the skills of your local vet (like MRI, CT scan, CSF tap), speak to them about a referral. Good luck!

      • Ciana says:

        Hi. Thank you for responding. Summer does seem to have adjusted to her meds (either that or she’s really hyper as a result), but she hasn’t seized in about 36 hours.

        Now another question. I have another cat who has cut his paw in the last couple days I’ve been giving extra attention to Summer. How can I treat his cut paw (it’s an area between his smallest claw and his pad — the area he walks on, I don’t think his pad is cut) until I can get him to the vet? I think it may be a bit infected, and he’s walking on it.

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