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Finn's Corner

February 2017

The Importance of Vaccinations

Recently researchers from the University of Sydney have been looking into cases of Feline Paneukopenia Virus (FPV). Although the virus has been thought to be eradicated through vaccinations an outbreak has occurred in the suburbs around Sydney.

 

Ensuring your pet is vaccinated is vital in reducing the risk of an outbreak like what is currently being seen. Over 50 cats and kittens have died due to contracting the viral disease. The cats that presented symptoms were mostly young kittens that had not yet been vaccinated or not yet completed their course of vaccinations.

 

Symptoms that may present if your cat or kitten contracts this virus include fever, loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting and diarrhoea. Veterinarians believe the outbreak in Sydney to be the result of a significantly large population of cats not being vaccinated.

 

The best thing that you can do for your cat is to ensure that it is up to date with vaccinations! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the clinic. For more information please go to the following link http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2017/02/08/cats-at-risk-from-deadly-virus-outbreak.html

Rabbit Calicivirus

Did you know that there is a new planned release of a variant form of the rabbit calicivirus across more than 600 sites in Australia this year? The RHDV1 -K5 variant is expected to be released in Autumn and is a contagious strain. It can be spread via direct contact with infected rabbits, fomites (items which may carry the infection such as equipment or clothes) and even via vectors such as flies.

 

Rabbits that have been vaccinated with the currently available vaccine are shown to survive the infection with the K5 variant. However, based on trials none of the un-vaccinated rabbits survived. It is due to this that we urge all rabbit owners to please vaccinate their beloved pets against calicivirus.

 

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Other ways which you can help to minimize the risk of your rabbit being exposed to this virus can include:
– keeping your rabbit indoors
– ensure your rabbit is isolated from wild rabbits with adequate fencing
– ensure all equipment that your rabbit comes into contact with is cleaned regularly
– ensure all clothes worn are cleaned after handling your rabbit
– washing hands after handling
– controlling fleas and insects

 

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More information can be found via the following link http://www.ava.com.au/rabbit-calicivirus

Tick Prevention for Dogs

Have you ever thought about including a tick preventative in your current parasite control plan?

 

Although we are not in an area directly affected by paralysis ticks there are still other ticks that can affect our pets and livestock. Our location provides the ideal bush and shrub vegetation which accommodates these parasites. Ticks such as the bush tick, although nowhere near as harmful as a paralysis tick, can still irritate and cause discomfort to the host animals.

 

Brands such as Bravecto come in single packs and offer combined protection against both fleas and ticks. This product comes in a chew for dogs that protects against fleas for a 3month period and against ticks for a 4 month period. For more information visit http://www.bravecto.com.au/.

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Another product that also offers a combined protection is Nexgard. Nexgard, like Bravecto is also a chew. This product however is given monthly for optimum effect. More information about Nexgard can be found via the following link http://www.nexgardfordogs.com/Pages/default.aspx.

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The advantage of using both of these products is that in comparison to spot-on treatments, owners do not have to worry about their pets getting wet after administering the products as they are given orally. At our clinic you can purchase tick removers like a tick twister which are easy to use. For any further questions feel free to contact the clinic on 5429 5711 or come down and have a chat to our staff.

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