Quakers Hill Veterinary Hospital wins Outstanding Pet Care category in 2017 Blacktown City Local Business Awards
Parvovirus Type 2C in Australia
Parvovirus has hit the headlines over the last 3 days especially after some comments in the media.
A recent paper outlined 2 vaccine breakdowns in South Australia. One dog was 6 months old and the other 10-11 months old. Reasons for the breakdown may include a genetic non-responder (an animal's immune system that cannot respond to vaccines) or a vacination given to a stressed or unwell dog. The answer was not resolved. The cases were caused by Parvovirus type 2C.
Parvovirus type 2C has been in Europe and the USA since the early 2000's. Both continents use the same vaccines as in Australia. These vaccines have been shown to cross protect against Parvovirus type 2C.
The conclusion of the paper - Parvovirus type 2C is in Australia. The latest (most up-to-date) vaccines used by Quakers Hill Veterinary Hospital will protect dogs against all types of Parvovirus.
Sunday March 12th 2017 Blair Kurtz lost his Battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
A professional rugby league career during his university studies and a childhood helping to raise greyhounds stimulated his keen interest and expertise in all aspects of sports medicine. A 1986 graduate, Blair initially worked for Ted Humphreys at the Belmore Practice. The two of them went into partnership to purchase Quakers Hill Veterinary Hospital from Brian Daniels in the late 80's. A sign of Blair's ability to nuture relationships, Brian subsequently stayed as a part-time vet for nearly 20 years.
Blair has contributed to many new vets' careers and helped many clients. It would be amazing to know how many puppies owe their lives to him. His fortes were Orthopaedic Surgery and Reproductive medicine.
Rabbit Calicivirus – The Facts! Revised Recommendations by the Australian Veterinary Association
- During the first week of March 2017, a planned national release of the Calicivirus variant K5 will go ahead.
- Calicivirus variant V1 was released in Australia in 1996 for the control of wild rabbits.
- The current vaccine for rabbit Calicivirus (known as Cylap RCD) protects against both the K5 & V1 variants.
- The Calicivirus variant V2 was first detected in Australia in the Canberra area in May 2015. It affects kittens at a younger age (from 3-4 weeks) and clinical signs may be over 3-5 days before death. The current Cylap vaccine is not fully protective against the new V2 variant. However, there is evidence of some cross protection between the type V1 and type V2 viruses. Keeping your pet rabbit’s vaccinations up to date is recommended to provide the maximum possible protection against this new strain.
The revised rabbit vaccination protocol recommended by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is as follows:
Kittens: 4, 8, 12 weeks of age, then 6 monthly for life.
Adults: 2 vaccinations 1 month apart, then 6 monthly for life.
Click this link for the official document released by the AVA.
Late 2016, sudden deaths of rabbits in the Maraylya/Colbee districts raised fears of a Calicivirus epidemic. This deadly virus is spread through direct contact between rabbits or via biting insects. The local councils release it once to twice yearly to control the wild rabbit propulation.
Book or visit as soon as possible if your rabbit is not presentedly protected with a vaccination in the past 6 months.
Feline Parvovirus Outbreak in Blacktown February 8, 2017
A serious highly contagious feline viral outbreak has occurred in 4 major animal facilities in NSW. These include Blacktown Pound, RSPCA facilities in Yagoona and Gunnedah, and the Animal Welfare League at Kemps Creek.
The feline virus is Panleukopenia Virus or Feline Parvovirus. It is spread by contact with faeces, urine or blood from infected cats.
Signs can range from acute death to anorexia, lethargy and fever progressing to vomiting and diarrhoea.
The important news is that this disease is preventable. Highly efficient vaccines have made it rare in the past 20 years.
Professor Vanessa Barrs from the University of Sydney in The Sunday Telegraph 4th September 2017 predicted another Panleukopenia virus epidemic in Sydney for the 2017-2018 Summer.
If your cat has not been vaccinated in the past 12 months, visit Quaker Hill Veterinary Hospital as soon as possible to update their protection. We can see you as a walk-in or phone 96269561 to make an appointment.
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