Activyl - a New Spot On Flea Treatment

Dogs and cats can pick up fleas anywhere - a park, your own backyard, even your own house if a flea-infested animal was there before. That’s because the adult fleas on untreated animals lay eggs that fall into the environment. Each female flea can produce 40 to 50 eggs a day. However, since only adult fleas are visible on the pet, by the time they are noticed there may already be a large infestation in the home environment. This is why regular monthly flea control is so important.

Choosing a flea control treatment that not only kills adult fleas but also breaks the flea cycle is important to get an existing flea infestation under control and to prevent a new one establishing.

New Activyl is a monthly spot-on flea treatment that works in a different way to conventional flea products. It works through bioactivation which means it only becomes fully active once inside the flea, to deliver full flea-killing power. It is applied to a small area of a pet’s skin and spreads throughout the natural oils of the skin. Because Activyl is a new product fleas have not developed any resistance making it highly effective.

Unlike some flea treatments, Activyl kills more than just adult fleas, it controls immature stages in the environment to break the flea lifecycle and prevent reinfestation. It starts working within 8 hours and keeps working throughout the month.

Activyl has been tested on dogs to make sure it is not easily rinsed or washed off and remains effective after shampooing and swimming.

Suitable in dogs > 1.5 kg from 8 weeks of age and cats from 8 weeks of age, it is available in single dose packs, perfect for growing puppies and convenient for travel; and six dose packs for convenient long term flea control.

Switch to Activyl for more effective spot on flea control

Spring is here and with it comes an unwanted pest for dogs and cats - the Paralysis Tick.

New ticks hatch at this time of the year and are particularly toxic to dogs and cats.  Many native animals have developed a resistance to the ticks poison, including their natural host the bandicoot, but unfortunately most dogs and cats are badly affected if a tick attaches to them.  The paralysis tick injects a poison into the system which progressively paralyses the host animal.  Early signs of tick paralysis include vomiting, a change of bark and faster breathing.  This quickly progresses to hind and forelimb paralysis and finally death.

Traditionally we have very few ticks in the Ascot/Hamilton and Clayfield areas but this year seems to be a bit different. There seems to be a lot more ticks around and already in early spring we are finding ticks on dogs on a regular basis and have had several cases of paralysis. Perhaps all the rain we had last summer has created more favourable conditions for breeding this year. Similarly you don't have to travel too far from this area for ticks to be seen - notably the Sunshine Coast, a popular weekend and holiday destination. Every spring and summer we have animals in hospital with tick paralysis - the result of dogs picking up ticks further afield and bringing them home.

If you are taking your dog into tick areas we recommend the following precautions:

Winter means the start of colder weather, and for many older pets, that can mean the start of trouble with arthritis.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a disease condition that affects the joints, either individually or generally.  The smooth cartilage lining the joints wears down and the production of the lubricating 'oil' (synovial fluid) is less than it should be.  In dogs, arthritis is particularly common in the hips and knees especially in older dogs of the larger breeds.

What are the signs of Arthritis?

  • Pain or stiffness when getting up, especially after a rest.
  • Difficulty in climbing steps, getting into the car or even just jumping up on you!
  • Laziness and no interest in playing or walks.
  • Pain is worse in the morning and after sleeping or resting.

Can Arthritis be treated?

Yes!! The good news is that we can help our pets.  There are basic things you can do like keeping your pets warm in winter and not allowing them to sleep on cold concrete.  A fit pet is better able to cope than an overweight pet as well.

There are a number of treatments that can be used to alleviate pain in dogs.

In this article we will cover :

  • Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Cartrophen
  • Dietry Additives

 

 

Pet insurance is becoming more and more popular in Australia. It offers you peace of mind as it covers some or all of the treatment costs if you pet was ever involved in an accident or suffers a sudden serious illness. There is no equivalent of Medicare for pets so often treatment costs exceed what an equivalent problem would cost for a human patient.

Some surgeries such as repair of fractures, or exploratory surgery (particularly if it's after hours) can add up to thousands of dollars and that does not even include the recovery and aftercare treatment. It is a heartbreaking situation to have to choose between the health of your pet and financial constraints. So for peace of mind we strongly recommend your pet is insured.

There are now many companies that offer pet insurance so it is worth doing your research and selecting a package that suits you and your pets individual situation. You need to consider the claim excess amount, proportion of treatment costs covered, annual claim limit, age restrictions, pre-existing illness exclusions and policy costs.

We highly recommend pet insurance and encourage you to discuss it with us at your next visit.

Easter should be a time for celebration, but unfortunately every Easter we see at least one or two dogs suffering from chocolate toxicity- (in fact, we even had one last Halloween!). Mind you, it's often due to accidental ingestion.

Just like us, dogs love the taste of chocolate and dogs seem to have a particularly keen nose for finding chocolate in the house if left unguarded. Kids are particularly good at leaving their Easter eggs where they can easily be scavenged out.

Chocolate contains theobromine and caffine, both of which are toxic to dogs. The dogs most commonly affected are usually puppies and young adults, as they are most likely to indulge and rapidly consume large amounts. Also, the effects of chocolate are dose related, so the smaller the dog the less he needs to eat to be affected.

It is safe to say that chocolate as a whole is not recommended for pets, however cooking or dark chocolate contain higher levels of theobromine and so are proportionally more toxic.

Signs may not be seen for a few hours and death can occur within 12- 36 hours of an overdose.

There is no antidote for chocolate toxicity, however if we see your dog within the first two hours after eating the chocolate we can induce vomiting to reduce the amount absorbed into the body.

So all family members can enjoy a safe and happy holiday, please refrain from giving your dog chocolate eggs this Easter. What about a nice meaty bone instead?

While you, "Slip, Slop, Slap" and seek shade this summer, make sure the family's favourite tail wagger is sun-safe too!  Dogs are the pets most at risk of heat exhaustion, because summer can make their natural cooling system less effective.

As Rover pants to cool down, his fluids should evaporate into the surrounding air.  But if humidity is high, then evaporation is less and so this system works less effectively.  This causes body temerature to rise quickly and heat exhaustion sets in.

A dog can die or become severely brain damaged from heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion (or heat stroke) happens quickly.  Signs include: excessive panting and drooling, a staring expression, constant moving and progressive muscular weakness and lack of co-ordination.

You can prevent heat exhaustion in your dog by following these rules:

 

Spring is often the time when we see the most Canine Cough and this year it seems to be particularly prevalent.

 

Canine Cough (or Kennel Cough as it was previously known) is primarily caused by two organisms, Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parinfluenza virus. Various other viruses, especially Canine Adenovirus type 2, and various species of bacteria may also be involved. It is a highly contagious disease that usually infects dogs in areas where they socialise, such as parks, obedience classes, dog shows and kennels.

The classical symptom of Canine Cough is a harsh hacking cough that often finishes with gagging. The coughing is usually made worse by exercise, excitement or pressure on the throat region. Severely affected dogs may also have fever, lethargy and reduced appetite. Coughing may persist for many weeks or months despite treatment. To protect dogs against Canine Cough, they should be vaccinated against the important causative organisms of Canine Cough.

Vaccination against Canine Cough is usually commenced at 12 weeks of age. Adult dogs should receive yearly boosters for Canine Cough.