URGENT-COVID-19 UPDATE FOR ALL CLIENTS (April 2021)
COVID-19 UPDATE FOR ALL CLIENTS (April 2021)
We are open and operating our normal opening times. Please phone for an appointment or book online via our website drummoynevet.com.au
The Covid-19 epidemic is mostly under control in NSW, but we all need to maintain our efforts to prevent transmission during your visit, to protect us, and you and our community.
A veterinary consultation in a small room is a relatively risky event for transmission of Covid-19.
So, for Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital:
- If 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.
- Please wear a face mask.
- We ask that you limit the number of people with your pet/s to just ONE, even if you bring more than one pet.
- Please check in using the NSW Government QR code, or if unable to do that, at reception.
- Please remain 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. We 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 or order online through our website if you need 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.
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.
Steve, Liz, Eleanor and the team at Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital
LEPTOSPIROSIS UPDATE - March 2021
Leptospirosis emerged as a newly-occurring disease of dogs in central Sydney in 2019. In 2020 new cases emerged in Rozelle and other nearby suburbs. Fortunately we don’t think there have been any cases (yet) on the Drummoyne peninsula.
We now recommend all dogs that have any possible contact with rats or rat urine should be vaccinated against Lepto.
The information below may help guide your decision.
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 occurring through contact with cuts on the skin or via the mouth.
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).
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
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 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.