IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DOG AND CAT OWNERS
LEPTOSPIROSIS IN SYDNEY!
CATS: Owners of cats not desexed by 4 months of age are required to pay an $80.00 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee. Exemptions:
Cats registered by 1 July 2020
Cats kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies.
Cats that cannot be desexed. A veterinary certiﬁcate is required. The vet can update the desexing information and exemption directly onto the NSW Pet Registry. This needs to be done before the cat reaches 4 months of age.
DOGS: Owners of dogs of a restricted breed or declared to be a dangerous dog will be required to pay an annual permit of $195.00 in addition to their one-off pet registration fee with NO exemptions.
By law, lifetime registration for dogs is due by 6 months of age. If you desex your dog before this time you may be eligible for discounted fees at the time of registration. Vets can provide exemptions to desexing. It is not compulsory to desex your dog.
The NSW Govt is in the process of building a new Pet Registry which will allow pet owners to register cats and dogs, update contact details, report missing pets, transfer ownership and pay lifetime registration fees.
There have been some confirmed cases of leptospirosis in dogs in inner Sydney.
Surry Hills, Glebe, Darlinghurst, Annandale, and Balmain.
The University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science is continuing to investigate cases. Leptospirosis is an uncommon disease in dogs in Australia and in the recent outbreak all the dogs were severely affected and died.
It is a zoonotic disease, so people are at risk of catching the disease. This can occur through exposure to contaminated water or direct transmission. Infection with leptospirosis often occurs through exposure of animals to contaminated water sources, soil, and food. Leptospirosis can survive for months in suitable environmental conditions which include stagnant/slow moving warm water.
The reservoir hosts for the disease in the urban environment are most often rats and mice and it is likely that the rodent population of Sydney is endemically infected. Clinical signs of the disease vary from no overt clinical signs to life-threatening illness.
Vaccination is available and is recommended for dogs in the inner city who would be exposed to stagnant/pooled water or rodent populations. Initial vaccinations are given 2-4 weeks apart then a booster in a year.
The Haberfield Veterinary Hospital is a community based fully equipped veterinary hospital, and our primary concern is animal health and welfare.
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We here at the Haberfield Veterinary Hospital have a keen sense of our connection to the community, both locally and at large. Our support for the local community extends from the service we are so pleased to be able to give to our many clients, (some of whom have been with us since we opened our doors in 1975), to various local community groups and institutions such as our schools. We are very honoured by the loyalty of our many clients, who appreciate that all members of staff at the Haberfield Veterinary Hospital are keenly interested in doing their utmost to ensure that all animals receive the best possible level of veterinary care within a supportive community context.
We are committed to the advancement of veterinary science and are proud to be a supporter of the Australian Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Trust which supports animal welfare research. We also support Pets in the Park (petsinthepark.org.au) who care for the pets of homeless people and the Kyeema Foundation (kyeemafoundation.org).
We also support Vets Beyond Borders, an important organisation that provides veterinary care and seeks to improve animal welfare in the Asia Pacific region.
We support the Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA) by hosting veterinarians from developing countries and donating veterinary equipment and instruments to veterinarians in these countries.
We support the Children's Medical Research Institute.
UNIVERSITY SUPPORT PRACTICE
The Haberfield Veterinary Hospital provides the opportunity for Veterinary Science students from the University of Sydney to train with us.