Rabbit Calici Virus K5 strain - what you need to know

Posted by Claire Cable on 1 March 2018

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In follow up to our previous article on the proposed release of a new K5 Calici virus strain, we wish to advise that we have received offical notification that the application for the importation and release of RHDV1 K5 in New Zealand has been successful. Vacc Proposed release regions are likely to be Canterbury, Otago and Marlborough, but it is expected that the virus will spread beyond these regions over time. A date for release of the virus has not yet been advised.  It is hoped that the Korean variant (RHDV1 K5 or K5) will overcome the natural resistance that the New Zealand pest rabbit population has developed to the existing virus (RHDV1 v321)....

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Clinic News, December 2017

Posted by Claire Cable on 12 December 2017

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With Christmas just round the corner the Vetcall Team would like to wish you and your families and furry loved ones a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for the year ahead. We are grateful for your loyalty and support and the great relationships we have developed with many of you over the years. Thanks from Colin and myself to our wonderful nurses who support us and make it a pleasure to come to work each day. We are lucky to have such a stable and experienced team. A special thanks also to Dr Susanne Anderson for her regular weekend cover throughout the year which enables Colin and I to get...

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Spring into Action with these handy tips from your Christchurch Vet

Posted by Claire Cable on 6 November 2017

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Spring is finally here, and with this sunny weather comes: *More outings to the parks and beaches; your dog with love these extra walks and its a great opportunity to burn off some winter chub!....but remember the following:* Spring Keep up to date with your dogs vaccinations – you don’t want them picking up an avoidable illness.  Don’t forget to pick up after your dog – no one likes to step in dog poop!  Always take a lead with you and make sure you have effective control of your dog at all times.  Supervise any swimming; dogs can drown and they can’t call for help!  Make sure the place you are going is dog friendly. There are some parks and beaches that...

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Keep your Christchurch Pet Safe this Guy Fawkes Night

Posted by Claire Cable on 3 November 2017

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Fireworks Fireworks are scary for pets......keep your pet safe this Guy Fawkes night by following these handy tips: Keep pets indoors Bring them in before the fireworks start. Turn on the TV or radio This helps to cover up the scary sounds from outside. Close the curtains This stops them from seeing the fireworks and also helps to block the sound.  Let pets hide if they want too They will often feel more secure if they can hide in a small dark space. Cuddle your pet If they want it! Some pets like to have physical contact with someone they trust when they are scared,...

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Six month spot-on flea treatment for dogs - Bravecto Spot-On now at Vetcall Christchurch

Posted by Claire Cable on 3 August 2017

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Brand new from the folks who brought us Bravecto Chewable, we are really pleased to introduce another fantastic new spot on flea product for dogs which because of its 6 month duration of action is going to revolutionize the fight against fleas. Bravecto Spot-On for Dogs: Bravecto Spot-On has a new active ingredient Fluralaner. Because it’s new there are no known resistance issues Provides 6 months protection against fleas and 4 months protection against ticks for dogs (Bravecto Chewable provides 3 months protection against fleas and ticks).  Currently there is no other spot-on product on the market that lasts this long Single fuss free dose which is applied directly to the skin...

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Itchy Bottoms in Dogs - a real pain in the butt!

Posted by Claire Cable on 20 May 2017

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scooting Owners’ frequently bring their dogs to see us because their dogs are itchy around their bottoms, and we hear some interesting descriptions of the problem such as ‘sliding’, ‘scooting’ ‘nibbling’ ‘skidding’ and ‘pulling wheelies’ Regardless of the words used to describe it, we are talking about dogs rubbing their back ends along the ground and or persistently licking and biting around their anus and tail base area. Some will itch their sides, or seem uncomfortable when defecating. Owners will often observe the skin around the anus and tail base looking moist and red, and there may also be hair missing. Sometimes there can be fishy odour and occasionally a swelling next...

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New Rabbit Calici Virus, will my rabbit be protected?

Posted by Claire Cable on 12 May 2017

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HD Following recent media publicity around the proposed release of a new strain of rabbit calici virus a frequent question being asked by our clients is what this means for their pet rabbits. Hopefully this article is helpful in addressing common questions and concerns.  Calici virus or Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV1 v321 or Czech Strain) was first introduced into New Zealand in 1997 illegally when frustrated South Island farmers imported it from Australia. Initially the virus was very effective in killing the wild rabbit population but over time 40-90% of wild rabbits have developed resistance to the virus depending on the region. A new strain of calici virus (RHDV1-K5 or Korean...

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Keep your pet safe this Easter - Chocolate and Hot Cross Bun Toxcity

Posted by Claire Cable on 28 March 2017

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With Easter just around the corner we would like to share with you some information that will help your furred family members have a healthy and safe Easter. chocolate poisoning in dogs 55a3bbc0c586b With the smell of chocolate and hot cross buns filling the air and the excitement of Easter egg hunts, our pets are often tempted to join in the festivities and get their paws on these tasty but highly toxic treats. Chocolate: Whether it is caused by owners giving their pet an Easter egg as a present or chocolate accidentally left within reach, chocolate poisoning is the most common toxicity in pets.  Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine. Cats, dogs and pocket pets...

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Ringworm in Cats and Dogs - Is it a worm?

Posted by Claire Cable on 23 March 2017

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This summer we have been seeing more Ringworm cases in kittens than is usual. An understandably common misconception that many of our clients have is that ringworm is caused by a worm.  Ringworm is actually a fungal infection which can affect the skin, hair and nails. The medical term for Ringworm is Dermatophytosis.  ringworm2 The most commonly isolated fungal species are Microsporum canis (commonly referred to as Ringworm), Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Microsporum gypseum. Cats, dogs and other mammals including people can be affected. Ringworm is more common in puppies and kittens than adult cat and dogs. These organisms are everywhere in our environment so like people, animals are exposed to these organisms from an...

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Clinic News, December 2016

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas http://www.swanhill.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Christmas-pets.png       2016 has been another busy and successful year for the team and we would like to take this opportunity to thank-you for your loyalty and support throughout the year.         Thanks also to our wonderful nurses Kash and Lucy who have really worked hard this year to support Colin and I and provide excellent service to our growing numbers of clients and pets. In November we welcomed Tessa to our nursing team. Tessa is a new graduate nurse who has recently completed her training and is a familiar face around the clinic as she did all her student work experience with us....

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