Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Calicivirus outbreak halted

Thursday, March 22, 2018


The virulent feline calicivirus outbreak has been halted. It was a very nasty strain of calicivirus, which our vets rapidly identified. It caused facial swelling, high fever, mouth ulcers and pain.
We are very happy that unlike other outbreaks in Queensland, Sydney and the United States we didn't lose any patients.
Dr Georgia was in touch with the experts at Sydney University for advice and we halted the spread of the virus and treated affected patients successfully. We also advised other ACT and southern NSW veterinarians and catteries on eradication and treatment.
We suspect that one of 3 possible cats introduced it into the ACT but won't know for certain until the virologists have analysed the viruses we have sent them.
Virologists at the University of Sydney are working on a vaccine for this calicivirus strain. We certainly hope we never see it again in our lifetime!

Calicivirus outbreak

Thursday, February 15, 2018


A virulent and atypical form of calicivirus has infected some cats in Canberra. Only 2 other outbreaks have ever occurred in Australia - in Sydney and in Ipswich, Queensland. Vaccination against the usual strains of calicivirus does not seem to protect cats
Affected cats go off their food, seem lame or sore, and hide. Most get over it with pain medication and TLC. Some go onto develop swollen noses, faces and paws, and need intensive care. If you suspect your cat is ill please phone us before coming down and then when you arrive.
To protect your cat from becoming infected wash your hands for at least 30 seconds when you get home from anywhere and before touching your cat.
We have instituted very strict disinfection procedures at Canberra Cat Vet. Do not be offended if we ask you to be a lot more careful with carriers, and in touching anything at the hospital! We have your cats' health as our top priority.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

hunters cat fight AIDS change cough signs of pain snuffle strange behaviour paralysis gifts old cat skin cancer new kitten advantage runny nose goodbye African wild cat eye mycoplasma introduction urine enteritis enclosure annual check salivation straining introductions rough play love IBD whiskers mince hypertrophic cardiomyopathy dilated pupils tumour rolls ulcerated nose corneal ulcer urination appointment visit panamax feline herpesvirus learning changed meows a lot tradesmen runny eyes dry food cat behaviour hunched over new cat constipation weight fluid pills noisy breathing marking obese kittens blood test collapse best veterinarian pred behaviour change lilies cat flu appetite paralysed head pet insurance diabetes abscess,cat fight dementia ulcer poisons diarrhoea snake bite liver Hill's Metabolic unwell rigid head hunting itchy fleas dental treatment feline AIDS grass best cat clinic introducing cystitis lymphoma pancreatitis body language vomiting bump discount computer cat containment award rub drinking a lot polish client night panadol brown snake cta fight nose scabs cranky panadeine moving Canberra urine spraying groom virus insulin drinking more panleukopaenia indoor cats euthanasia check-up fever lame return home opening hours blockage poison cryptococcosis cognitive dysfunction abscess prednisolone flea treatment on heat headache blindness introduce carrier hyperthyroidism urinating roundworm holiday prey open night mouth breathing inflammatory bowel disease teeth cat friendly enemies blocked cat intestine ribbon scratching Canberra Cat Vet pill biopsy mental health of cats outdoor cat fireworks vomit hypertension snot poisonous hungry chlamydia christmas poisonous plants aerokat restless crytococcosus bed spray kitten stare into space open day castration ACT snake diuretics blue breathing difficult wobbles flea prevention cancer behaviour massage plaque weight control allergy, skin lump pica microchip blind calicivirus toxins hairball adipokines litter box sick cat cortisone attack gasping lilly food puzzles pet sun arthritis worms kidney anxiety best clinic physical activity train sense of smell examination cat vet scratching post heart disease hunter house call feliway sore ears activity scale touch RSPCA petting cat permethrin not eating fat snakebite thiamine deficiency conflict thirsty vision kibble FIV wet litter aggressive hearing lick pet meat toxic renal disease stiff vaccination home face rub slow poisoning kitten play pheromone sudden blindness cage rash spraying kidney disease cat enclosures bad breath odour New Year's Eve thyroid high blood pressure panleukopenia fear depomedrol home visit old when to go to vet FORLS litter aggression fits revolution training dental anaemia health check seizures stress eye ulcer spey tablet exercise foreign body sucking wool fabric ulcers hard faeces photo competition overweight joints blood pressure desexing blood in urine kidneys desex hole kitten deaths cat scratch urinating outside litter radioactive iodine heavy breathing xylitol snuffles sensitive nails pain allergy information night vet visit mass unsociable flu eyes sore eyes birthday tartar paracetamol urinating on curtains or carpet diet blood yowling snakes tooth paralysis tick off food furball string tick echocardiography worming cat history hospital pain relief eye infection asthma hyperactive lily pain killer cat worms antibiotics best vet aspirin painful vaccine heaing new year catoberfest jumping antiviral fight tapeworm decision to euthanase bladder competition breeder holes dental check skinny hiding free checkup comfortis cat enclosure herpesvirus furballs bladder stones bite senses sensitive stomach sick weight loss senior holes in teeth socialisation obesity plants vocal twitching grooming holidays feline enteritis dymadon sore wool in season sneeze

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions