Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the use of needles on one or many points on the body. Other forms of acupuncture involve the use of laser light, electricity, magnets, injection, pressure, and gold bead implantation. Charissa applies all of these techniques as needed.

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Herbal Medicine

Charissa Smith is a holistic veterinarian and supplies both European herbs and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine when treating animals.

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Essences

Charissa uses the Bush flower and Bach flower essences including Boronia and Slender Rice Flower.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the use of needles on one or many points on the body. Other forms of acupuncture involve the use of laser light, electricity, magnets, injection, pressure, and gold bead implantation. Charissa applies all of these techniques as needed.

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Herbal Medicine

Charissa Smith is a holistic veterinarian and supplies both European herbs and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine when treating animals.

Read More

Essences

Charissa uses the Bush flower and Bach flower essences including Boronia and Slender Rice Flower.

Read More

Essences

Charissa uses the Bush flower and Bach flower essences including Boronia and Slender Rice Flower.

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Welcome to Acacia Animal Care

Acacia Animal Care provides health support, veterinary consultations, advice re feeding, acupuncture, herbal and homeopathic medicines and supplements for dogs  cats and chickens. Dr Charissa Smith is an Holistic Veterinary Surgeon with a life spent caring for pets. Your loved pets will relax at the rural Acacia centre in the bush just north of Gatton Queensland.

 Bring your pet to Dr Charissa as soon as you get it, discuss its food and exercise  and shelter, preventative tick flea and heartworm programms, and vaccines. Avoid later problems! Dr Charissa designs infividual diets,  adjusted for breed and lifestyle. Dr Charissa prefers fresh food, however this is not always possible. If feeding dry food, Dr Charissa recommends Frontier dry food, from Northern NSW.

http://frontierpets.com.au?aff=29

Phone, and video chat consultations are avilable.

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH: Hendra Virus ( Horses  Dogs  Humans )

There is great deal of stupid nonsense written about the Hendra prevention,, even worse than COVID hysteria.

This is the reality

This is a viral disease causing respiratory and neurological disease in horses. It is caused by bat faeces contamination of horse  food and water, it can be caught by dogs from horses but passes quickly with no symptoms, whether the dog can then give it to the owner is uncertain. Horses may show no symptoms at all. It passes from horses to humans, and from horse to horse mainly by the horses saliva. Humans also may not be adversely affected. If they are adversely affected they may quickly get respiratory and neurological disease, which usually cannot be treated, or the person may die years later from brain infection, which is untreatable. There is no human vaccine.

It is possible that to give a vaccine to a horse which is febrile may cause health problems, e.g. the daily temperature in Gatton was 45 degrees in the shade for the whole of December 2019. In my opinion no horse should be vaccinated within 2 hours after working strenuously, and this is subject to a rectal temperature check. Nor should vaccination occur on a day where the ambient temperature is over 35C, or  is rising to this,  or if the horse has a febrile disease eg recovering from barb wire cuts, or the common winter respiratory problems.

1       Reasons expressed by clients for not vaccinating

I don’t go anywhere    This doesn’t matter, a flying bat which defecates on the horses food, can cause the problem

 Costs       Hoses euthanasia costs more     If you or the children, or your friends and family get sick there is no treatment, no matter how much money you spend you are putting off the inevitable, if a person gets better they may die later of brain disease.

 Vets only do this for a profit    The profit margin in Henrda vaccine is max 5%, vets do it for protection not profit.

2  Why wont the vet treat an unvaccinated horse

The vet is most at risk due to the close contact with the horse, The vet does not want to die

If people refuse to use protective clothing despite vet advice, the vet does not want to be responsible

3  Recommended preventative program involves the use of a yearly vaccine called Equivac HeV.

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/livestock/horses/hendra-virus  There is also an article here on reducing the possibility of infection

4 The vaccine and possible side effects 

The vaccine   https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/20/3/13-1159_article

Side effects

Localised swelling at the injection site  ... this is usually gone in a week

Febrile disease, Weight loss and Debility   Some horse owners have reported that this vaccine can cause worse effects than the disease and they have had bad experiences, even the death of the vaccinated animals. (less than 0.1% of vaccinated animals, and not shown by any research). www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-22/roycroft-defiant-on-hendra-vaccine

 In fit racing animals research showed side effects to be minimal. This research examined racehorse performance in Queensland before and after vaccination         https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29399777  Analysis of data from 4208 race starts by 755 horses revealed no significant difference in performance in the 3 months before versus 3 months after initial Hendra vaccination for Timeform rating (P = 0.32), ‘Margin to winner’ (P = 0.45), prize money won (P = 0.25), wins (P = 0.64) or placings (P = 0.77). Further analysis for Timeform rating for 7844 race starts by 928 horses failed to identify any significant change in Timeform rating trends before versus after the second and subsequent vaccinations (P = 0.16) or any evidence of a cumulative effect for the number of vaccines received (P = 0.22).

Corona Virus

The dog corona virusu outbreak:

This virus is a different virus to the strain causing the human outbreak. Previously  it has not been a serious problem, the new strain is a problem and has been spreading through greyhound populations. It is not contagious to humans, so far. It is generally not fatal, but the diarrhoea and viotting can cause loss of condition and weakness. Like all corona viruses, including the human one,  it can be spread manually by the feet of rats and cockroaches getting into infected feces. hygeine and disposal of feces are important, bleach is an effective disinfectant. Ther are antiviral herbal medicines available for dog treatment.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/news/illness-affecting-seq-greyhounds-is-a-strain-of-canine-coronavirus/

 General info concerning pets in the present human outbreak:

Concerning pets, there seems to be some transfer to dogs and cats from infected people, although this does not seem to occur from pets to humans, and has not been found in over 50,000 sampled familes where there has been diagnosed infection in owners. One cet, which was heavily contaminated was carrying it on her coat from handling by the infected owner, although the cat did not have the disease.This means you should be isolating your pets from other people as well as yourselves.  The pets were not sick and their disease was diagnosed by screening. Tigers in the Bronx zoo were thought to have caight it from their carers.

Ferrets catch it like humans and are very suscetpible.

The following reference may be of interest, the truth to be taken from this reference is that this famly of viruses mutates more easily than most, This is favored by overcrowded unhygenic living, where there is failure to clean up feces, urine and other discharges from both animals and people. Lack of  both sunshine and fresh air also favors increased viral environment contamination and viral mutation.

Advances in Virology Volume 2011, Article ID 609465, doi:10.1155/2011/609465, Feline and Canine Coronaviruses: Common Genetic and  Pathobiological Features

Sophie Le Poder  UMR 1161 INRA-ENVA-ANSES, 7 avenue G´en´eral de Gaulle, 94704 Maisons-Alfort, France,  Sophie Le Poder, slepoder@vet-alfort.fr

Note:

Cleaning with bleach, chlorhexidine, and metho will clear surfaces of the virus, tissues and soft paper may only retain oit for a few hours, smooth surfaces like stainless steel counters in shops and kennels uincleaned , can carry it for a week. Liquuid soap will not remove it from hands or surfaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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