Holiday Fun

Well Lake Roaders, the school holidays have come to a close and parents breathe a sigh of relief as the kids return to school. 

The last days of the holidays were for some at Lake Rd, a time to have one last special time with the kids or family before the working year started in earnest.

The Keough family checked out the Butterfly House at Melbourne Zoo, an amazing place with hundreds of varieties of butterflies ready to land on you at any time. Someone also found some cheeky meerkats!

 

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Tammy took her family camping and had a terrific Australia Day weekend in the bush. A very Aussie Australia Day!

 

We hope you got to do something special over the Australia Day long weekend. 

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Montanna grabbed the opportunity to get in some last minute horse riding. Looks magical, doesn’t it? Lucky Montanna!

It’s FIV Month! So what is FIV?

 

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

FIV is a virus that affects the immune system of a cat and is usually transferred through bite wounds. It is estimated that approximately 10% of cats have FIV. FIV is a slow-acting virus that attacks the immune system rendering a cat susceptible to infections. There is no treatment for the virus.

What are the Signs of FIV?

FIV is considered a slow disease and has a long asymptomatic phase where signs may not be present. Cats usually present with general infections such as gingivitis, conjunctivitis, and diarrhea.

Stages of FIV

There are 5 different stages of the disease:

  1. Primary infection
  2. Carrier state
  3. Generalized lymph node disease and enlargement
  4. AIDS-related complex
  5. AIDS

A blood test can determine whether a cat has FIV or not. It is recommended that both healthy and sick cats be tested for FIV. Cats that are in a fight and develop wounds or abscesses should be tested for FIV.

Management

Management of the condition requires treating any infection and keeping the cat comfortable.

Prevention

The FIV vaccination is considered a non-core vaccination, which means that it is only recommended for cats at risk e.g. outdoor cats. Cats must be tested for FIV first and must be negative before receiving the vaccination. The FIV vaccination course is 3 vaccinations given 2-4 weeks apart and then as an annual booster.

 

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FIV/FeLV Month is here!!!!

 

We are very excited to launch FIV month.

This month we are offering free Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) testing with any FIV vaccine valued at $99.

To get you kitty tested click the Book Now button on Facebook or on our website.

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Get Well, Kyla!

Kyla has been a bit under the weather lately.

We hope you are feeling a bit better, Kyla, and look forward to seeing you back at work soon.

We miss you!

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One of the truly magnificent sunsets we have been having lately photographed be Dr Georgia.

Adoptions

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Our first adoptee this week is Charlie. He is almost ready for a new family! He is a 14 week old playful male domestic short hair.

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Peanut is almost ready for a new family too! 1She is a 6 week old smoochy female domestic short hair.

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Missy and Melody are also available. Too cute!

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