Summer 2018

What's New at KVC



Farewell Cleo.
Our lovely girl lost her battle with cancer last week.
She was such an affectionate girl and we will miss her very much.


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Bladder Stones

We have recently seen several cases of bladder stones in both dogs and cats that have had to be surgically removed.41477852Bladder stones are a relatively common finding in dogs, but more rarely found in cats.
They can cause signs of discomfort, such as straining and passing blood, or may cause no signs at all.
Occasionally they will move into the urethra and cause a blockage making it difficult or impossible to urinate.
Diagnosis is usually confirmed by xray, although some may need an ultrasound to confirm.
There are various types of stones that can form in the bladder, and each type of stone has a different cause.
All bladder stones should be surgically removed and sent for analysis, so we can decide on the appropriate treatment to prevent stones from reforming.
Most animals with a tendency to form bladder stones will need a life long change of diet, and may need dietary supplements as well.



New Vaccination Protocols

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has recently changed its recommendations for vaccination of puppies.
They require 3 vaccines, one month apart (starting at 6-8 weeks), with the final puppy vaccination at 14-16 weeks of age. They now require a booster 2 months later.

8601055 sThe next vaccination is then due at 18 months of age.

Current scientific consensus recommends that adult dogs should be vaccinated for canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus and canine parvovirus (C3) every 3 years. Dogs living in the city or who have contact with other dogs, should also be vaccinated for parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough) every year. These 5 components together make up the standard C5 vaccine.



Cat Vaccinations
Cat vaccination protocols have not changed.48202953Kittens have 3 vaccinations, one month apart (starting at 6-8 weeks), with the final kitten vaccination at 14-16 weeks and a yearly booster thereafter.
The vaccine covers cat flu and feline enteritis, and there is a vaccine available for feline aids for those cats that may be at risk of fighting.
There has recently been an outbreak of feline enteritis (panleukopaenia), causing a number of deaths. All affected cats have been unvaccinated.
The vaccine is fully protective against this disease, so make sure your cat is up to date with their vaccinations.