Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Veterinary Nursing Manager Position Vacant at Cairns Vet Clinic

Cairns Vet Clinic is seeking an exceptional nursing manager for their 3 clinic, 6 vet practice group.
The successful candidate should demonstrate:
  • Experience in undertaking all aspects of surgical and medical nursing tasks.
  • The ability to lead and manage the nursing team.
  • Exceptional customer service and communication skills.
  • Highly motivated and well organised.
  • The skills to assist with the formation and management of clinic policies, procedures and WPH & S risk assessment and management.
  • Recruitment, performance reviews and training of the nursing team.
  • Rostering.

Please submit your resume and covering letter to For further information please call Jane, Practice Manager, on (07) 4032 9999.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bat bite puts Cairns boy's life in danger

Our thoughts go out to a Cairns boy fighting for his life after contracting lyssa virus from an infected bat.

Source: Cairns Post

Bats and flying foxes are pretty peaceful creatures who avoid human contact, but can occasionally carry the deadly lyssa virus. The virus (related to the rabies virus) can be transmitted from scratches or bites from infected flying foxes.
For this reason, you should never handle bats or flying foxes, unless you have been vaccinated for rabies and correctly trained
Cairns vet clinic doesn't examine or treat bats at all for this reason, even though we do a lot of Cairns wildlife veterinary treatment generally.
If you find a sick or injured bat, don't touch it!
Sick bats are more likely to be infected.
If you are bitten, wash the wound thoroughly and see your doctor immediately

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Cairns RSPCA overwhelmed with dumped pets after holidays

THE RSPCA is struggling to cope with a flood of discarded pets
Cairns RSPCA manager Yoni Rankin told the Cairns Post that many people say they are moving house and they can no longer take their pet.
Christmas is always challenging time for shelters like the RSPCA and YAPS, with many pets being given as unwanted gifts, or people wanting to get rid of pets because they are going on holidays or moving home.
Its a reminder that pet ownership is a big responsibility.
While charities like the RSPCA are great as a safety net for dumped pets, they shouldn't be thought of as just providing a community service. If too many pets are dumped, shelters are forced to turn away or euthanase pets.

Thinking about adopting a pet?

Pets from shelters often need extra care.  The right information can help you settle them in to a new life. Learn about adopting a pet.

To find more about adopting a pet from the Cairns RSPCA or YAPS shelters, visit or
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Senior pet care tips

If you've got on older pet, you know how special they are to you.
Looking after older pets takes more TLC when when they are young and healthy. They start getting lumps and bumps, feeling stiff in the morning, and sometimes losing their eyesight and hearing. Getting old is no fun!
Find out what you can do to look after your older pets with our Senior pet care tips.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Deadly Parvovirus outbreak across Queensland prompts calls to vaccinate dogs

Dearly Parvovirus strikes Queensland dogs.

Hundreds of dogs have been infected with canine parvovirus during one of the worst outbreaks of the virus seen during recent years. 
Parvovirus is a deadly infectious disease of dogs which causes severe diarrhoea, vomiting, collapse and death.  The virus is highly transmissable as it is very difficult to destroy even with antiseptics and it is shed in large quantities in vomit and faeces, and tiny amounts are infectious to susceptable dogs.  Even a puppy smelling their owners shoe where they have stepped in faeces from an infected dog can easily result in infection.
Cairns had its own severe parvovirus outbreak early in 2012, with dozens of dogs becoming infected and many dying or being euthanased.  The virus affected numerous pets and also dogs as welfare shelters resulting in a lot of heartbreak for owners and workers at welfare agencies like the RSPCA.  There were also outbreaks of  Parvovirus in Queensland after the 2011 flooding/
Cairns has a fairly high risk of getting a parvovirus outbreak because we have high population influx at this time of year.  People travelling for work or leisure often bring their pets with them, and dogs carrying parvovirus may seem to be well until they suddently deteriorate.  By the time they are obviously very sick, a number of other dogs may be infected.  This can be a big problem if they are staying with friends with dogs, or at a Caravan park with other dogs or in a shelter environment.  Even dog parks can be risky, so its critical that dogs are fully vaccinated before being allowed to go places where other dogs have been.
Fortunately, there is a safe and highly effective vaccine for Parvovirus.  All pups should be vaccinated 2 or 3 times from 6-8 weeks of age and annually thereafter.  Routine dog vaccines normally include Parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis and kennel cough. In Cairns, outdoor dogs should also be vaccinated for Leptospirosis and sometimes tetanus depending on their location and lifestyle.
Your vet can give you accurate, reliable information about how to protect your pet from common but deadly diseases like parvovirus, leptospirosis, ticks, intestinal worms and heartworm.
Puppies should be kept inside and away from all unvaccinated dogs until 2 weeks after their parvovirus vaccination.  Puppies also need worm treatment every 2 weeks: pups with worms are at higher risk of contracting diseases like parvovirus because they

Read more about the last Parvovirus outbreak in Cairns at the Cairns Post

Monday, April 30, 2012

Fleas can cause serious human health problems

Fleas can be more that an annoyance they can cause serious disease in your family

Insects like fleas cause a wide variety of human health problems (remember the black death or bubonic plague which killed half the population of Europe in the 14th century?  This was caused by Yersinia Pestis, carried by fleas)

Recent studies have linked exposure to pets, fleas and flea-borne diseases such as the bacterial infection bartonella, which causes cat scratch fever.

Fleas linked to rheumatoid arthritis

Read article at onmedica

Fleas linked to rheumatoid arthritis Bartonella, a bacterium historically associated with cat scratch fever and transmitted predominately by fleas, may play a role in human rheumatoid illnesses such as arthritis, according to a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Researchers from North Carolina State University tested blood samples from 296 patients for evidence of Bartonella infection. The patients had previously been diagnosed with conditions ranging from Lyme disease to arthritis to chronic fatigue. Since rheumatic symptoms have sometimes been reported following cat scratch disease, the researchers wanted to see if these patients tested positive for Bartonella henselae. B. henselae cause cat scratch disease and is a species of Bartonella that can be carried in a cat’s blood for months to years.

How to have pets and avoid flea borne disease

Having pets is a great part of life, but keeping them free of parasites and other diseases is critical both for their health and the health of your whole family.

The good news is fleas are reasonably easy to control nowadays.  There are some new fast, easy and effective flea and tick treatments for cats and dogs which means you just don't need to put up with itchy pets and the health risks of parasites like fleas in your home.

Read more about how effective flea control can keep your family healthy at Cairns Pet News.