Kapi-Mana News : January 10th 2012
13 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 10, 2012 PETS $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. Valid until Friday 20th January 2012 3435712AL Purchase frontline between 3rd Dec and 31st Janandgointo win one of 2 digital cameras FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE Advantage and Advocate are a registered trademark of Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany. Advantage and Advocate for Cats are registered pursuant to the ACVM Act 1997, No s A7522 , A9118, A9119. Purchase any Advocate® for Cats product and receive a FREE* CAT TOY *Free Cat Toy only valid when Advocate® for Cats or Advantage ® for Cats is purchase, while stocks last. Comprehensive parasite protection T e & T C T FREE w h eve I ms K en D F d P ch se Advertorial Fleas -- The Most Common Parasite We all know that Porirua and Wellington are not the warmest places on earth, but even our summers are nice enough to see an explosion of the most common parasite of dogs, cats and rabbits the fea. Last summer was one of the worst in recent times for fea problems because we had a lovely warm, humid December. The weather over the last two weeks has also been just what feas need for breeding. If you havent started fea treatments on your pets it may already be too late. This is because fea eggs, larvae and pupae are already in your carpets, in your furniture, under beds, under the house and decks and in the garden. The number of feas you fnd on your pets is only the tip of the iceberg. Multiply what you fnd by 20 and you will have a better idea of how big your fea problem really is. Flea bombing your house at this time is not going to affect the pupae which are the stage just before they hatch into live feas. The pupae wait until your pets and you are around. This is why often you get badly bitten when arriving home from being away on holiday. The feas are hungry! What can you do to prevent or treat the fea problem? 1. Treat all your pets now with a good, effective fea killer, like Frontline Plus, Advocate or Revolution. Many older-type poisons in fea shampoos and fea collars are no longer as effective because feas have become resistant to them. 2. Even if you only see your dog scratching, treat the cat too. Nearly all feas in New Zealand now are actually cat feas. 3. Vacuum your house regularly especially under beds and furniture, and hot wash your pets bedding if possible. 4. Grooming and combing out feas is a safe, effective way to help reduce the fea numbers on your pet. 5. Fleas also pass on fea tapeworm to pets when they bite. To prevent the tapeworm also becoming a problem you should de-worm your pet with a product that treats against tapeworms, like Drontal or Endogard. Flea problems can be completely prevented by early use of quality, effective products. If they do become a problem, speak to us about helping you. By Dr Ian Schraa, Rappaw Veterinary Care Senior veterinarian and owner 3435743AL Life and death code PET TAILS with Dr Ian Schraa Dishonoured: Beagles like this one were dumped by an animal research centre in the Manawatu, calling into question its ethical practices and the role of its advisory committee. Recently on the television news there was a story about the bodies of beagle dogs and pups which had been dumped in plastic bags in the backyard of Valley Animal Research Cen- tre in Himatangi, near Palmer- ston North. This finding was terrible for a host of reasons, but primarily as it seemed to show a lack of ethical input and consideration of public interest. In New Zealand the use of animals in research, testing and teaching, whether it is mice, sheep, cattle or dogs, is strictly controlled under the Animal Welfare Act 1999, and organisations using animals must follow an approved code of ethical conduct. Every project in New Zea- land must be approved and monitored by an ethics com- mittee. These are all regulated by the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, which is a division of the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry. Each project's ethical com- mittee must have three exter- nal members: A nominee of an approved animal welfare organisation A nominee of the New Zea- land Veterinary Association (who will usually be a vet). A lay person to represent the public interest (and nominated by a local government body). The Valley Animal Research Centre (VARC) website clearly states: The VACR Animal Ethics Committee includes three independent members and a member appointed by the Royal New Zealand SPCA''. Where were these three com- mittee members in this case? The news reporter spoke with the local body representa- tive, who said he had no know- ledge of this happening to the dogs' bodies. Who were the vet and the welfare committee members? The NZVA welfare spokes- person said the dumping of the dogs' bodies was not a welfare issue. The dogs were dead so technically they were probably correct as they could not be deemed to be suffering. However, my response would be that if VARC simply felt it was satisfactory to dump the dogs' bodies in plastic bags in the open then what sort of atti- tude did they have for them when the dogs were alive? I would hope that they car- ried out their research ethically and humanely and put the dogs to sleep, if that was required. However, ethics donotstopattheendofan animal's life. There is also the consider- ation of public interest. We, as veterinarians, unfortunately euthanase pets every week as part of our job. I know, as a NZVA accredited practice, we always consider public interest in the handling of pets' bodies. All the pets whose owners consent for us to take care of them after they have died are respectfully handled and cremated. A little bunny that died at home and who was brought to us for cremation had the toy, lovely note, piece of carrot and straw bedding all placed with him when readied for the crematorium people to collect him. There should be respect in death as well as in life. That is a tenet of a civilised society. Dr Ian Schraa is an experi- enced veterinarian and the owner of Rappaw Veterinary Care.
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