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Wauchope Veterinary Clinic
59 High St
Wauchope, NSW, 2446

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Paralysis Ticks

Up until a few years ago, daily searching for paralysis ticks was the only sure way to stop your dog or cat from going down with tick paralysis. There were a few tick collars that came onto the market for dogs, but these had an evil smell and were not recommended for dogs handled by children. There were no safe products available for cats.

The last few years has seen a revolution in the prevention of tick paralysis in dogs with the introduction of monthly and even 4 monthly chewable tablets, depending on the brand chosen. Now the next big advance in paralysis tick prevention has arrived. There is now a topical spot-on for dogs that lasts 6 months against paralysis ticks and a similar topical treatment for cats that lasts for 3 months.

These products are safe and effective. Compared to the cost and risks involved in the treatment of cats and dogs that have already succumbed to tick paralysis, they are also very cost effective. Talk to one of our staff today about the new paralysis tick prevention spot-ons for dogs and cats.

We are now right in the middle of tick season and the recent rain is predicted to bring even more ticks out. Don’t put it off !

 
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Does your pet need a vaccination?

The Christmas holidays are just around the corner (gasp!) and if your pet is going to be boarding this festive season, now is the time to check their vaccination status. Your pet may very well need a booster before they go into the boarding facility, so please read on to get all the details. 

You need to act swiftly to get things in order, especially if your pet is overdue for a vaccination or the vaccination is due, while they are boarding. After all, you don't want the stress of being turned away from the boarding kennel or cattery, when you are trying to leave for your holiday!

The best thing to do is give us a call on (02) 6585 1626, we can look up your pet's medical file and determine their vaccination history. We will let you know when their vaccine is due and if you need to come in for an appointment. It's also always a good idea to check with the boarding facility what their minimum vaccination requirements are, as some places may differ.

Most boarding facilities require cats to have a minimum of an F3 vaccination. This vaccine protects your cat from Feline Herpes Virus, Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Parvovirus) and Feline Calicivirus.

Dogs require a C5 vaccination, protecting your canine friend from Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus as well as two components of canine cough; Canine Parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica.

Did you know that vaccinating your pet is one of the most important ways to keep them healthy?

Here are the reasons why:

1. Vaccinations protect against preventable diseases.

2. Vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of treatment for the diseases they protect against.

3. Vaccinations protect your pet from transmissible diseases in boarding facilities, at parks and even when they visit us (if your pet has to be hospitalised for any illness, their immune system may already be compromised.)

If you have any questions about vaccinations and your pet, always ask us for the most up to date and accurate information. 

 
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Myth busters: kennel cough

It's not uncommon for us to be asked, "if my dog doesn't go to boarding kennels, why is it necessary to vaccinate against kennel cough?"

It's time to bust some myths surrounding this and here are the facts ...

Kennel cough's correct name is 'canine cough'. It is often incorrectly referred to as 'kennel cough' and this is simply because the boarding kennels are a common place for it to be transmitted (given the high numbers of dogs in one area.)

Canine cough is commonly spread via water droplets through the air and can be transmitted between ANY dog. Common sites of transmission include the park, at the groomer, doggy daycare and even walking down the street! As it can be spread through water droplets, a communal water doggy bowl at your local cafe may even be a potential source.

Vaccination is essential as it protects your dog against the worst strains of the disease (the ones that can typically cause nasty pneumonia). It's very important to realise that dogs can still contract a cough even if they are vaccinated. Thankfully the disease is never as bad as if they aren't vaccinated.

If you have any questions about vaccination and your pet, we are the best people to ask for advice - (02) 6585 1626

 
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Is your cat a bit wormy?

When it comes to intestinal worming, it's easy to forget about your cat. Sometimes just the thought of giving your cat a tablet can give you nightmares! Never fear, we are here to help. We can either give your cat their worming tablet (they need to come and visit us, but it's also a good time for a weight and dental check). Or we can provide you with a topical worming treatment so there's not even a tablet involved!

Don't ignore intestinal worming - it's an important part of caring for your pet. You might also want to familiarise yourself with the most common intestinal worms in cats, they are all rather interesting (in our opinion!)

1. Roundworms: These are common intestinal parasites and can affect cats of all ages. Eggs from these worms can be passed in the faeces and remain in the environment for several years. A cat may become infected after directly ingesting the eggs or after eating an intermediate host (such as a rat or mouse who has ingested the eggs). Some of these worms can even be passed from mother to kitten via the mother's milk.

2. Tapeworms: These long and flat worms are made up of many segments. These segments contain the tapeworm's eggs and are passed in the cat's faeces (they look like little grains of rice!). All tapeworms require an intermediate host (such as a reptile or rodent) to complete their life cycle. Some tapeworms are transmitted by cat fleas and infection can occur when a cat swallows an infected flea during grooming. Did you know that it is assumed any cat infected with fleas also has tapeworm?!

3. Hookworms: Hookworms can cause damage to the lining of the intestine and this may result in weight loss, bleeding and anaemia. Cats may become infected by ingesting the eggs from the environment, or from eating an intermediate host. In some cases, the larvae of the hookworm can even burrow through the cat's skin!

When it comes to protecting your cat against these ghastly intestinal worms, ask us for help, your cat's health depends on it.

 
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Tick tock

This is Annie. Annie is a 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Cross who has all the energy in the world and always loves a cuddle on the couch at the end of the day. This Christmas she will be travelling to Mallacoota on the east coast for the quintessential Australian family Christmas.

BUT, there's a danger lurking along the coast and it could be potentially fatal... the paralysis tick. This creepy critter usually loves hanging out and especially loves dense bush areas. 

Why does the paralysis tick cause so much trouble? Once the tick attaches to a host (such as your pet) it engorges itself with blood and injects a toxin. As the tick slowly grows in size, it continues to inject the toxin over days to weeks, so symptoms can be gradual in onset.

Signs to watch out for:

- A change in voice; the meow or bark becomes softer
- Weakness in the back legs
- Vomiting, especially if it happens several times in a day
- A moist cough and difficulties breathing

If the tick is not removed and an anti-serum administered to your pet, your pet can die due to paralysis of the respiratory muscles.

Thankfully there are lots of tick preventatives on the market and Annie has been dispensed a treatment to start before she leaves for her holiday. If your pet needs tick prevention, it is best to discuss the most appropriate product with us. It is also important to realise that not one product is 100% effective so knowing the early signs and performing tick checks on your pet is essential.

Ask us for more information if you have any questions about tick prevention (or any parasite prevention for that matter). We are always here to help. 

 
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Man's best friend

The term 'man's best friend' may be even more appropriate than ever. Recent research by an American psychologist has revealed that up to 42 per cent of middle-aged men are more likely to turn to their dog for emotional support during the tough times, than they are their human friends or their partner. 

The psychologist, Dr Chris Blazina, suggests that men are often reluctant to seek help - either from their social circles or via medical treatment, but a strong bond with a canine friend might, in turn, help isolated men reconnect with people. 

We think this just highlights another one of the great benefits of owning a pet. 

You can read more about this on the ABC website here or even listen to an interview with Dr Blazina via RN radio on Life Matters here.