August 2016 at Ark Vets
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported our RSPCA Cupcake Day! With your generous donations, we raised $652.20 which allows the RSPCA to cover things like antibiotics for recovering animals, desexing cats and dogs, and keeping the RSPCA Animal Ambulance on the road to attend to emergency cases.
An extra thank you to all our wonderful clients for providing your pet with a loving home and access to veterinary care. Nothing makes us happier than seeing our beautiful patients happy and healthy. We can all do our part in the fight against animal cruelty by ensuring our pets are desexed to reduce the number of unwanted strays, looking into adoption if you’re thinking of expanding your family or supporting registered breeders.
As part of regular veterinary care, annual vaccinations and check-ups are strongly recommended for our furry companions. While cats and dogs don’t have a flu season like us, now is a great time to double check that your pet is up to date with their vaccinations. They ensure that our pets are protected against common and contagious diseases that can be life-threatening. For more information, check out our Vaccinations page.
And let’s not forget about our bunny buddies! Domestic rabbits needs to be protected with vaccinations every 6 months against RHD virus. Feral rabbits cause major environmental damage in the local area, and the council is approved to release the RHD virus to reduce rabbit populations, which unfortunately means pet rabbits are also at risk. Of course, remember to keep yourself safe during this flu season as well!
If your cat enjoys their own private feline fiefdom, like in an apartment, you may wonder if vaccinations are really necessary. While they certainly have a lower risk of contracting communicable diseases, it is unfortunately still possible. Feline enteritis, which is covered in an annual F3 vaccination, can be spread long distances – even brought into the home through clothing and shoes. The virus responsible can survive for several years in a suitable environment and is resistant to many disinfectants.
On top of preventing diseases, annual check-ups are essential to confirm the health of our cat companions, and give you a chance to ask the veterinarian any questions you may have. Small signs like drinking more water can have very important impacts, particularly for cats over 9 years old. Visiting the vet every year is comparable to heading to the GP every 7 years!
Speaking of cats in apartments, stay tuned for our next Pet of the Month. Let’s just say he’s quite the example of cats always landing on their feet (though his carpal bones have a lot of healing to do)…