Kapi-Mana News : December 6th 2011
22 KAPI-MANA NEWS, DECEMBER 6, 2011 NEWS Advertorial Kennel Cough Epidemic We are experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of Kennel Cough in the last 15 years in the north Wellington and Porirua area at present. This is a contagious disease that affects just dogs, and results in an irritating cough similar to that experienced by people with whooping cough. Many of the dogs catching Kennel Cough are vaccinated against it, but this is not uncommon as the vaccination, like fu vaccinations in people, stops the worst and most common causes of Kennel Cough, but not all the bugs that cause Kennel Cough. And that is the heart of the problem; Kennel Cough is caused by numerous different bugs. We simply call it Kennel Cough because they all result in a similar group of symptoms, in just the same way as we think about the common cold in humans. The symptoms include a hacking, dry cough that is made worse with activity or excitement. Sometimes the dogs cough so violently that they can bring up phlegm or even food. Some dogs if their throat is sore enough may not eat, and even have a fever. The good news is that dogs that catch this current bug causing Kennel Cough, although very contagious, seems to be one of the milder forms. Numerous kennels and doggy day care facilities have been affected because it is very contagious. However, most dogs are recovering quickly often with just the need for some cough suppressant to make them more comfortable for the frst few days. As we dont exactly know which bug is the cause (dogs are a bit tricky to take throat swabs from when they are awake) we recommend keeping your dog away from other dogs for at least 7 days and it is probably safer to do this for up to 14 days. Give your vet practice a call if you have any further questions about this. By Dr Ian Schraa, Rappaw Veterinary Care Senior veterinarian and owner 3435743AK $5.00 DISCOUNT VOUCHER WORTH Have you been applying Frontline® Plus correctly to your pets if so, you can now relax like Buster & Abby. You also get a chance to win ONE OF TWO DIGITAL CAMERAS, with qualifying purchases of Frontline® Plus, until 31 January 2012. Exclusive to Rappaw Veterinary Care Paremata, Tawa, and Titahi Bay Merial is a Sanofi company. F F STO AG BIN STO AG BIN W n k n b 12k . W n k n b 12k . Vital Health SystemTM D D S S D S S L MUSCL S P IM L DI S I S B S SKI & C Opening Hours over Xmas/ New Years Holidays Valid until Friday 16th December 2011 We will be closed on the 25th, 26th, & 27th Dec and 1st, 2nd & 3rd January. Apart from these days we will be open during our normal opening hours. For any emergencies during the times we are closed, please contact the Wellington After Hours Vet Clinic on 04 473 7545 From the team at Rappaw Veterinary Care, we would like to wish you, your family and your pets a Happy and Healthy Christmas and New Year. 3435712AK Purchase frontline between 3rd Dec and 31st Janandgointo win one of 2 digital cameras More frequent buses but more transfers By JIM CHIPP Would bus travellers be pre- pared to accept more transfers in exchange for more frequent and extensive services? That's a the question that a Wellington Regional Council consultation will ask commuters next year. A review of city bus services proposes increasing the number of core routes operating 15-minute services and extending secondary routes with 30-minute all day services. The downside would be some passengers needing to transfer services en route. The council's economic wellbeing committee agreed to begin consulting users in Janu- ary. Council senior public trans- port planner Doug Weir said a 15 per cent increase in the num- ber of bus trips was proposed, increasing the frequency of services. Outside the meeting he said new transfer stops would be established at strategic points but he would not say specifically where. The bulk of people won't be affected by a transfer because even in those outer areas we will be running full services anyway. The transfer stations would be spacious, well-lit and have real time travel indicators but he did not expect the majority of people making transfers needing to wait. The whole idea is to make those transfers immediate transfers.'' In the council's quarterly review committee members had been told 99.8 per cent of bus services had run on time, with on-time'' defined as no more than 10 minutes late. How could transfers work if one or more of the connection services were allowed to run that late? Mr Weir said the real time travel information would let drivers and passengers know when the next bus was due and it would also allow council officers to plan more reliable services because they would know how long a particular ser- vice took at a particular time of day. Bus priority traffic light con- trols would also help, he said. We have large number of transfers that go on every day -- bus to bus, bus train, train to bus. International research shows us that people are prepared to do it if it leads to better services and more services.'' He expected a slight drop off in patronage with the introduc- tion of changed timetables but a sustained rise later. Currently most services don't run in evenings or weekends and some areas, such as Owhiro Bay, are not served at all. It will be interesting to see what people think of it and whether they give us the go- ahead.'' Water quality readings posted online As people hit their favourite beach and river spots this sum- mer local authorities will be keeping a close eye on water quality. During the bathing season water quality is monitored at 20 river sites and 61 beach sites across the Wellington region. Results are posted on Greater Wellington's website gw.govt.nz/ on-the-beaches, using a traffic light system. The health risk is determined from the number of bacteria found in water samples. A green light means low risk. Most beaches and river spots are fine most of the time but Greater Wellington advises waiting at least 48 hours after heavy rain before taking a dip.
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