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Caring for your pets through the COVID-19 pandemic

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At Companion Animal Vets we share your concerns and know you will want to keep your pets happy and healthy as well.

Firstly let's make this clear- pets DO NOT appear to be infected with or carry COVID-19. But, it is possible that an infected person could leave viral particles on their pet just like any other surface.

Watch Out There is Myxo About!

A rex rabbit

Myxomatosis is a pox virus that affects rabbits. It was first introduced to Australia in 1950 to reduce the feral rabbit population. Initially it was rapidly fatal with very few survivors, however resistance has developed in the feral rabbit population and less deadly strain have emerged, allowing rabbit numbers to partly recover.

Parvo Treatment- What it's like beind the scenes

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A black and tan puppy being treated for parvo

Take-Away Messages From This Video

  1. Successful Treatment of Parvo or Parvovirus involves a combination of:
    • fluid therapy to replace losses in the vomit and diarrhoea
    • anti-vomiting medication to reduce nausea
    • antibiotics to prevent secondary infections
    • early nutrition to help maintain the health of cells in the gut
  2. Parvovirus is highly contagious and treatment is required in isolation facilities using special PPE to prevent spread to other susceptible animals in the hospital. 

Ringworm - not a worm, not often a ring- Just a bad name really!

4 kittens with ringworm

Diseases have been around for a long time, longer even than microscopes and genetic testing. This has resulted in a number of names for illnesses that are not very helpful, some can be even misleading.

Misleading Names

‘Cat flu’, for example, is actually a number of different viruses and bacteria (none of them influenzas) that can cause similar symptoms in cats.

‘Kennel Cough’ is much the same in dogs and not many dogs that get it have actually been in kennels.

The New CPV-2C Canine Parvovirus Strain and Vaccination- the facts

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  1. There are different variants of the virus in Australia including the 2C strain which was recently confirmed in dogs in South Australia and Victoria. 
  2. Vaccination is highly effective against all strains of canine parvovirus including the 2C strain.
  3. The vaccines we use are used globally in other countries where 2C has been identified for years and is protective there. The current vaccines have also been shown to be effective in challenge studies.
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