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. [...]

Is general anaesthesia safe for your older pet?

By | 2017-10-08T14:42:57+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Cats, Dogs|

Have you ever hesitated to take your pet in to see the vet because they’re getting a little bit older now and you’re worried about anaesthesia being a problem? If so you’re not alone as many people put off pet procedures because of the risks associated. But what really are the risks involved and is [...]

The iSperm is changing the way we assess bull sperm.

By | 2017-10-05T11:41:56+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Cattle|

The iSperm device, despite its eyebrow raising name, is a fantastic piece of technology that alows us to analyse bull sperm counts and motility without a microscope. The iSperm provides a rapid, repeatable and objective assesment of semen quality that doesn’t require the judgement of the vet looking down the microscope. As Dr Howlett demonstrates [...]

Vaccination Profile – Ultravac® 7in1

By | 2017-11-03T09:11:55+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Cattle|

What is it? Ultravac® 7in1 vaccine is used to prevent leptospirosis and the major clostridial diseases in cattle. What're the key benefits? Ultravac® 7in1 is used to prevent the common types of leptospirosis which affect cattle (and can also be transmitted from cattle to people) as well as prevent the major life-threatening clostridial diseases that [...]

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