Struggling Spring

September 2019

Drought still looms as calvings boom.

There are many potential problems that may arise with calvings. Cows need to be checked at least twice to three times a day.  When the cow moves away from the herd, calving usually starts within 12 hours. Once calving starts, front feet usually appear first followed by the nose then the rest of the calf.  Usually the calf is born in under 2 hours. Veterinary intervention is required when 2 hours pass and there is no progression of the calving process as there is limited time to pull a calf to ensure that it will still be alive. Sometimes calves can already be dead early in the calving process due to complications.  To give the cow and calf the best chance, you need to seek veterinary advice sooner rather than later. If you are unsure if you have a problem or not, please call us for advice.

Poor conditions have caused a number of calving problems lately. Are you prepared?

Do you know the difference between prolapses?

Vaginal – smaller prolapse around football size and usually smooth. Sometimes there may be severe damage before they are seen i.e. sunburn, faecal damage or necrosis. This can be because the prolapse flops in and out of the vulva, making them difficult to notice!  These prolapses generally occur in pregnant cows and need to be replaced and sutured or a prolapse button placed to keep the prolapse in.  The cow then needs to calve out and may be induced.  This prolapse is not an emergency but needs to be tended to as soon as possible.

 

Uterine – this is a large prolapse that happens within hours of calving.  It can hang as far down to the hocks of the cow and has many “caruncles” (what look like protrusions/meaty chunks) on the surface, so is not smooth. This is an emergency as the weight of the prolapse as it bounces around can cause the middle uterine arteries to tear which is usually fatal. Cows with a uterine prolapse can be kept in the breeding herd as repeating prolapse is uncommon after subsequent calvings.

 

Protect your pet from a parasite problem!

Don’t let fleas and ticks cause a problem for you or your pets!

The FIRST TICK CASE OF THE SEASON HAS ALREADY HAPPENED (SEPTEMBER) – IT WAS FATAL! This animal lived on Sugarloaf road.

STANTHORPE IS NOT A PARALYSIS TICK FREE AREA!

The conditions we have here haven’t been ideal for US, but they have been fantastic for paralysis ticks and they ARE around. Please get your pets on prevention before it is too late.

Stanthorpe is NOT a paralysis tick free area, this myth has been the cause of a major preventable problem in local pets. Talk to us about your options.

 

MAKE THOSE FLEAS FLEE

Now that the warmer months are here, the flea cycle is about to pick up and this has the potential to cause a major problem in your household!

Fleas can cause a lot of distress to your pet, if not controlled.  If an infestation of fleas gets out of hand, it can be extremely difficult to eliminate.

A few interesting statistics –

  • One adult female flea can live for 8 weeks and lay 50 eggs per day – this equates to around 3000 eggs and by the time the last ones are hatching out, the first ones will be laying eggs of their own. A frightening thought!
  • Fleas can also be a host for other parasites, such as tapeworms.
  • Fleas are responsible for around 60-70% of all skins diseases in the cat.
  • The movement of the flea, together with the biting and sucking action causes irritation, resulting in your pet scratching, and sometimes biting.
  • Often, animals and humans, develop sensitivity to the flea saliva (anti-coagulant to ensure the blood they feed on doesn’t clot) and a skin condition arising from prolonged expose to fleas known as flea allergy dermatitis.

For every flea found on your pet, there are many more in the pet’s bedding, and the household. This explains the importance of treating the environment as well as the pet.  While vacuuming can remove some of the eggs, it is very poor at removing the larval stages.

Prevention is a much better option than treatment and less costly and stressful in the long run. There are many good flea products available, just ask our friendly staff.

 

Do you need help as a result of this drought?

 

Here are some local organisations that may be able to assist you. One of the attitudes that us Aussie’s have is the selfless belief that there are “plenty of other people worse off than me”. While that is a lovely sentiment, there are so many people and families that are struggling who may find some relief if they would only seek the help.

The following organisations are offering help to those affected by the communities current situation. You are important, your struggle is real and there are people who care!

And we are sure there are many others!

 

If you have any questions, please call us on (07)46811523

Or, email us at stanthorpevets@bigpond.com

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