URGENT-COVID-19 UPDATE FOR ALL CLIENTS (August 2020)
We are open and operating during our normal opening times.
Please phone for an appointment or book online via our website drummoynevet.com.au
The Covid-19 epidemic is not under control in NSW, so we all need to maintain our efforts to prevent transmission during your visit, to protect us, and you and your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
A veterinary consultation in a small room is a relatively risky event for transmission of Covid-19.
So, for Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital:
If your pet needs veterinary attention and:
- You have been overseas or to Victoria within the last 14 days, and/or you’re experiencing any respiratory symptoms including hay-fever and/or you are on sick leave for any reason or in self-isolation because of close association or contact with a suspected or confirmed case… Please do NOT enter the Hospital.
- Please phone us for advice and we can make a plan. We might be able to do a phone consultation, or a carpark consultation, or arrange for someone to drop off your pet.
In line with social distancing recommendations:
- We ask that you limit the number of people with your pet to just ONE owner, even if you bring more than one pet.
- You will be asked to wait at reception while we take your pet to the consultation room for examination. We have re-arranged our waiting areas to keep people more than 1.5 metres apart while waiting.
- Please use hand sanitisers located at reception.
- Please use contactless payment methods where possible.
- Please respect staff members who are required to wear protective gear. They are in contact with dozens of people every day, and might have family or friends who are vulnerable.
- We are wearing PPE to protect you.
- Please phone in advance to order required medicine repeats, or food, worming and flea control so we can arrange to have them ready for you without the need to wait.
- We keep a log of all persons who enter the building so that contact tracing can occur should it be required.
We have re-started all services except house-calls.
We have re-started dog-grooming on the absolute strict condition that it’s a drop-off / pick-up service. All arrangements must be done online or on the phone.
Pets and Covid-19
There are some reports Covid-19 virus infecting dogs, cats and some other species.
It is possible that transmission has occurred from a mink to a human in The Netherlands.
At this point in time, there is no evidence or even suspicion that pets can spread Covid-19.
At this stage, there is NO need to seek veterinary treatment or indeed to do anything harmful to any animal that has been in contact with a Covid-19 patient.
However, it is logical and prudent to practise excellent infection control both pre- and post-handling of any pet in an at-risk environment – hand washing, frequent and careful washing of litter trays, dog leads, bedding, etc.
Please note also that there is a canine coronavirus which mainly causes diarrhoea, and a feline coronavirus which infects the gut but can mutate and cause a respiratory disease called FIP. These diseases have been around for decades and are not related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Vaccinating against canine coronavirus (which is included in our Leptospirosis vaccines) is unlikely to provide any protection against Covid-19.
We are working hard to ensure we can continue to provide complete veterinary care without compromising our health or your health. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. The situation is evolving, and we will provide updates as required.
Steve, Liz, Eleanor and the team at Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital
LEPTOSPIROSIS UPDATE- AUGUST 2020
Leptospirosis emerged as a newly-occurring disease of dogs in central Sydney last year. Two weeks ago, a dog in NEWTOWN was infected and was euthanased. Last week a case was reported in BALMAIN and at this stage we don’t know the outcome for that patient. So 12 of the known 13 cases so far have died and one is pending an outcome.
We now recommend all dogs that have any possible contact with rats or rat urine should be vaccinated against Lepto. Vaccine supply should be fine but please be patient with us getting appointments as with our Covid-19 restrictions, we are already working at close to capacity.
The information below may help guide your decision.
Please phone or book online through our website if you need an appointment.
Leptospirosis is a zoonotic bacteria (ie spreads between animals and humans) It is infectious and causes eye, liver and kidney disease.
Lepto is usually found in European rats (not water rats, bandicoots, etc)
Lepto is shed into the environment in rats' urine.
The bacteria persists wet areas where rats are common. Dogs get infected though contact with infected rats or their urine.
Humans can get lepto and it's a devastating disease. Humans can catch lepto by coming in contact with rat urine, or with infected dogs, with infection through contact with cuts on the skin or via the mouth.
Most humans affected live and work in tropical areas (banana and sugar cane farms) or in wet environments such as dairy farms and sewers.
Dogs who frequent and/or chase rats in alleyways, behind restaurants, in your garden, etc, are at risk. Big, well maintained parks and open spaces and public footpaths are low risk, as is your home and garden (unless you have very wet soil and rat habitat).
There have been no known cases in Drummoyne since I have owned the hospital (2008)
Cats can get lepto but usually clinical signs are milder. Infections seem to be less common, perhaps because cats have adapted to tolerate a disease that is common in their prey, and also they tend to avoid wet areas. There is no vaccine available for cats.
Pet rats are unlikely to get lepto as they wouldn't come in contact with wild rats.
The signs of lepto look similar to many other diseases:
Fever, sore muscles, lethargy
Sore, red eyes
Yellow (jaundice) in the whites of the eyes or gums
Loss of appetite
Change in thirst, usually increased
Different Leptospirosis serovars (types) require different vaccines (a bit like the flu vaccines in humans). The vaccine we have is the same serovar as is occurring in the current outbreak so we know the vaccine we have is effective.
The vaccine is safe to use in healthy dogs.
It requires 2 doses, 2 – 6 weeks apart.
The cost is $194 for the course of 2 vaccines, or $110 if added to another consultation or vaccination.
So, which dogs should be vaccinated?
All dogs who live in Surry Hills, Glebe and Darlinghurst, Balmain and Newtown, and any dogs in the surrounding suburbs, especially those who chase rats, hang out in wet/unkept laneways and neglected urban areas, or who scavenge in rubbish.
Dogs owned by people with health issues that might get very complicated by infection with lepto ie if anyone in your household has any chronic liver or kidney disease, and/or is immunosuppressed (pregnancy, chemotherapy, HIV, immune-mediated conditions).
Given the severity of the disease and its possible transmission to humans, we are strongly recommending that all inner west and city dogs should be vaccinated in the face of the current outbreak. With all vaccines we need to weigh up risks and benefits - but if there is any threat of infection, we should vaccinate.
Hopefully the above is enough to guide your decision-making. If you have any further questions, please book in for a consultation and we will advise based on your risk level.