It has been a long time since you've heard from us here at the West Coast Veterinary Clinic. So I think we should update you on some of the latest things that have been happening here.
Zoran finished his post graduate course in Dermatology for small animals with the University of Sydney and achieved a Certificate in Dermatology. In November 2008, Zoran attended the World Veterinary Dermatology Course in Hong Kong and will fill you in later on some exciting news.
For those who don't know, Zoran also passed his exam in Small Animal Medicine and became a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (MACVS is a prerequisite to become a registered specialist).
As a result of these qualification achievements, West Coast Veterinary Clinic is developing and nourishing special interest in small animal medicine and dermatology.
With regards to the clinic and the facilities we provide, there has been a new isolation unit installed to house pets with infectious diseases. We have also invested in new equipment such as a Universal Centrifuge which enables us to perform full in house urinalysis and blood PCV, hematocrit, and total protein. We now also have a new video otoscope and microscope camera. This enables the client to see inside their pets ears and look at samples taken from their pet's ears giving them a better understanding of the situation and how to deal with it.
Recently there have been some changes in vaccination protocol lately and this will be the first of few articles that will deal with that issues.
Cats are at greater risk for disease in the first few months of life then ever. That's why it's important to vaccinate kittens early to induce immunity before they are exposed to pathogens.
Maternal antibodies can block the kittens ability to respond to a vaccine. Every kitten has a different level of maternal antibodies, even kittens from the same litter, and these antibodies can persist for a different periods of time. Some kittens have very low or no maternal antibodies at 6 weeks of age. Studies have also shown that maternal antibody interference may persist longer than 14 weeks of age. To compensate for variations in maternal immunity, initial kitten vaccination should begin at 6 to 8 weeks of age and continue at 3 to 4 week intervals until the kitten is at least 16 weeks of age.
It may seem confusing to be told that your dog or cat has a flea allergy dermatitis if you never see fleas. This is manly due to the fact that your pet has remarkable capacity to chase and subsequently eat these fleas.
Most fleas do not survive 72 hours on an animal that is itching and able to groom itself. But that's long enough to lay eggs on the animals. These eggs will rapidly fall off the pets and be distributed in the parts of the environment where the animals spend most of their time. The eggs will hatch into larvae; larvae evolve into pupae that emerge later as adult fleas. For one adult flea found on your pet there are at least 100 immature fleas in the animal environment. The only long-term effective and safe therapy for flea allergy dermatitis is to keep your pet from being bitten by fleas. Easier said then done. Flea control must involve all areas of infestation. This means killing the fleas on your pets and in your house and garden/yard.
Treating only once kills the adults and some pre-adults, but will result in reoccurrence of infestation once the resistant eggs hatch or pupae leave their cocoons.
The control of fleas is an on-going process, but once initiated it is not difficult to sustain.
There are several products that appear to be highly effective, long lasting and have very low potential or harmful side effects, and they are all treated like prescription drugs and available only from veterinary clinics.
Coatex spray and capsule; balanced blend of essential oils that have been identified as being vital for maintaing coat and skin condition in dogs and cats.
Convenia, a breakthrough injectable antibiotics to treat your pet's infection for 14 days. A single injection that works continuously for 14 days to free your pet from infection.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if there is any aspect of our services that we can improve, and I would especially like to know if there are any pet health topics which you would like to discuss in further newsletter.
We have enjoyed being part of this community and hope to continually improve the quality of service with the emphasis on providing skilled personal attention for your pet.
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