Spring is the perfect time show off our green-thumbs, by filling our homes and gardens with luscious flowers and plants! As beautiful as they can look, some of these can pose a threat to our furry friends. Cats, dogs, birds and pocket-pets alike can become curious and easily tempted for a nibble of your new plant. Some pets can become itchy or even unwell, just by sniffing or brushing against these troublesome plants. Here are some of the more common, [...]
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As the weather warms up, we start to see more parasite problems for all sorts of pets. Here are some of the more common parasites we come across, as well as some information on the problems they cause and how to get rid of them. Fleas and ticks are of particular concern for Sydney dogs Fleas Fleas can be difficult to spot and not all pets carrying fleas will be itchy! Look out for these clues: Your pet might constantly [...]
Springtime means grass seed season, and for something so tiny, they can cause a lot of big problems for your pet! The issues they can cause range from minor discomfort right through to potentially life-threatening conditions. Grass seeds are naturally designed to travel – they are small, lightweight, come in all different shapes, and are spiky or sticky, meaning they can be easily picked up and caught in all kinds of uncomfortable places on animals – it can be tricky [...]
Aging is an unavoidable part of life, and when it comes to our pets, some will age without any major issues, and some will need a little extra TLC. It is important to know what age-related changes look like and how to manage them appropriately, so we can ensure our pets are comfortable. When does my pet become a senior? This can vary between individuals and can be greatly influenced by breed, size, pre-existing health conditions and living situations, [...]
Dental disease is one of the most common but preventable diseases in pets. It is not only painful and uncomfortable, but the procedure to clean and remove teeth becomes more complicated and often more costly the longer it is left untreated. What is dental disease? Dental disease is caused by a bacterial infection that builds up in a substance called plaque. Plaque is made up of food particles and saliva. It sticks to the tooth surface above and [...]
Lymphoma is a very common and often an aggressive cancer in dogs. Immunotherapy is a new form of cancer treatment, aiming to target the cancer with the body’s own immune system. We have developed a treatment vaccine for lymphoma using an animal’s own cancer protein. Results of our safety clinical trial showed that the vaccines are safe, and anti-cancer effects are seen in some dogs with lymphoma. Who is eligible? • Dogs diagnosed with multi-centric lymphoma without [...]
Efficacy trial in autologous cancer vaccine for dogs diagnosed with lymphoma treated with chemotherapy or palliative care
Introduction: Lymphoma is a very common and often an aggressive cancer in dogs. Chemotherapy improves quality of life and extends lifespan of diagnosed dogs, but most dogs eventually die from their diseases. Immunotherapy is a new form of cancer treatment, aiming to target the cancer with the body’s own immune system. We have developed a treatment vaccine for lymphoma (NOT for cancer prevention), using an animal’s own cancer protein. Results of a safety clinical trial showed that the vaccines [...]
Attention dog owners! There has been another confirmed case of Leptospirosis earlier this month in a dog that lived in Crows Nest. The dog was not vaccinated against Leptospirosis and sadly had to be euthanised due to kidney failure. We were unable to identify the causative strain (serovar) in this dog as the dog died so quickly that it did not have time to develop an antibody response. The previously reported strain (serovar) known as Copenhageni was identified as [...]
Attention dog owners! There has been another confirmed case of Leptospirosis this week in a dog that lives in Balmain. The dog had been in contact with rats and was not vaccinated against Leptospirosis. The dog has been treated at UVTHS this week and fortunately appears to be recovering. Preliminary results show that the previously reported strain (serovar) known as Copenhageni has been the cause in both this dog and another reported dog from Newtown last week, however further [...]
Sadly, there has been another confirmed case of Leptospirosis this week in a dog living in Newtown. The dog was not vaccinated against Leptospirosis and sadly had to be euthanised due to severe kidney failure. We are currently still investigating which strain (serovar) has been the cause. This is the first case of Leptospirosis this year and the first case reported in Newtown. Last year we saw 8 cases from May to November and these were from Surry Hills, [...]