Dear Clients,


Please note our urgent new COVID changes, which became effective as of 29th June, 2021.

We are now going to temporarily operate without human to human contact. We will only have your pets in the hospital.

***For medication, food, and any products you need, please phone, pay over the phone and let us know when you’re here. We’ll drop it at the front door for you.

*** Our grooming service is temporarily suspended until further notice. 

*** We will only be seeing unwell patients, or patients experiencing emergencies. All adult dog and cat routine vaccinations will need to be booked once the lock down finishes. 

*** Puppy and kitten vaccinations can still be booked. (These have a strict schedule for protection at the start of their life and are considered imperative)

For your appointment:


1. When you arrive, please stay in your car and phone us.

2. When the vet is ready for you, we will call.

3. A nurse will meet you at the locked door and take your pet to the vet. Please then return to your car.

4. The vet will phone you to discuss the history, examination and treatment.

5. When the consultation is complete, a receptionist will phone you for payment.

6. When all is completed, reception will phone you for a handover at the front door.


We understand that this feels impersonal. It's not how we'd like to do things, but we all need to do our bit. Thank you in advance. 


Steve, Liz, Eleanor, Emily and the team at Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital




Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is transmissible from rats and/or dogs to humans. Infected dogs have a very low survival rate. Infected people often end up in intensive care and can die from this disease.


Approximately 95% of the known cases in the current outbreak in dogs have died despite intensive veterinary treatment.


We now recommend most dogs should be vaccinated against Lepto. Also if you are pregnant or immunocompromised, your dog should be vaccinated to help protect you.


The information below may help guide your decision.


Some facts: Leptospirosis is a zoonotic bacteria (ie spreads from animals to humans).

It 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 in wet areas where rats live.

Dogs get infected though contact with infected rats or their urine.

Humans can catch lepto through contact with rat urine or with infected dogs, and it's a devastating disease

Dogs who share territory with rats (laneways, behind restaurants, in your garden, etc), are at risk. Big, well maintained parks and open spaces and public footpaths are lower risk.

Cats can get lepto but usually clinical signs are milder. 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 Shivering Sore, red eyes Yellow (jaundice) in the whites of the eyes or gums Loss of appetite Change in thirst, usually increased


The vaccine is safe to use in healthy dogs.

It requires 2 doses, 2 – 6 weeks apart. The cost is $204 for the course of 2 vaccines, or $57.50 per injection if added to another consultation or vaccination.


So, which dogs should be vaccinated?

- All dogs who live within 5km of Balmain, Surry Hills, Glebe, Darlinghurst and Newtown, and especially dogs who chase rats, hang out in 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 i.e. if any human contact 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