The importance of vaccinating your cat

By | 2018-03-09T10:23:11+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Cats|

We know how important the health and happiness of your cat is – after all, they’re a very important member of your family. One way you can help manage your cat’s ongoing good health is by keeping their vaccinations up to date. These vaccinations play an essential role in helping to protect your cat against [...]

Parvovirus and the importance of vaccinating against it

By | 2018-03-02T16:17:22+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Dogs|

Vaccinating your dog is the simplest and most effective way to protect them from diseases like Parvovirus. What is Parvovirus? Parvovirus is an extremely hardy virus that can survive in the environment for years; it’s very hard to kill through simple cleaning alone and requires hospital grade disinfectant. The virus is highly contagious and can [...]

Tetanus – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

By | 2017-12-01T17:59:21+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Cattle|

What is it? Tetanus is a bacterial disease caused by the toxin produced by Clostridium tetani. Tetanus occurs when C.tetani are present in damaged body tissue with lowered oxygenation. Puncture wounds such as nail pricks in horses' feet, penetrating splinters of wood, and calf marking wounds provide very good conditions for tetanus to develop.Tetanus can [...]

Pulpy Kidney – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

By | 2017-11-24T12:34:43+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Cattle, Sheep|

What is it? Enterotoxaemia or pulpy kidney is a common and fatal disease of sheep and cattle. It is caused by the toxin of the bacterium Clostridium perfringens (Type-D) when it is absorbed from the intestinal tract. The bacteria that cause enterotoxaemia normally exist in small numbers in the gut of healthy animals. The disease [...]

Malignant oedema – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

By | 2017-11-17T11:07:21+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Cattle, Sheep|

What is it? Malignant oedema is a severe, rapidly fatal wound infection in grazing animals most commonly in sheep but also cattle and goats. It is caused by toxins produced by several types of clostridial organisms that normally live in the soil but can infect wounds. Contamination of wounds by the bacteria leads to inflammation [...]

These four symptoms might indicate a paralysis tick – what you should do!

By | 2017-11-15T15:33:34+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Cats, Dogs|

It’s that time of year again when tick numbers surge and we see more and more cats and dogs come through the clinic with life threatening conditions. Paralysis ticks are found all along the east coast of Australia and every pet that goes outside is at risk of one of these dangerous pests latching on. [...]

Blackleg Disease – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

By | 2017-11-10T09:39:45+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Cattle|

What is Blackleg? Blackleg is a generally fatal bacterial disease of young cattle or sheep of any age. The disease is seen as acute, localised inflammation of muscle tissue due to the growth of the blackleg organism. This is followed by generalised toxaemia or poisoning of the animal causing rapid death. What causes Blackleg? Blackleg [...]

Black Disease – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

By | 2017-11-03T09:21:31+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Cattle|

What is it? Black disease is an acute, highly fatal disease of sheep, goats and cattle and is usually associated with a liver fluke infestation. Black disease (also called Infectious Necrotic Hepatitis) is caused by the bacterium Clostridium novyi. The organism produces toxins in the liver usually following damage to the liver by migrating liver [...]

7 signs of heat stroke in your pet and how you can prevent it this summer

By | 2017-11-01T10:22:36+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Cats, Dogs|

The days are getting hotter and we’ve already seen our first heatwaves here in Mackay. It’s a good time to remind ourselves that our pets may be feeling the heat even more than we are. Dogs and cats are more prone to heatstroke than we are because they are unable to cool off by sweating. [...]

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