Rare disease spread via rat urine kills seven dogs and leaves dozens of Australians ill

Rare disease spread via rat urine kills seven dogs and leaves dozens of Australians ill

Seven dogs have died in Sydney from a disease that can kill pets in 48 hours, is transmitted by rat urine and has emerged in New South Wales for the first time, possibly owing to construction “stirring up” rodent populations .

'Sentencing their dog to death': how the anti-vax movement spread to pets

'Sentencing their dog to death': how the anti-vax movement spread to pets

“Most of the time people are OK, they’re not staunchly against it once you tell them the science and the statistics [but] we have had people walk out in hysteria, saying that there is absolutely no way their dog is getting [vaccinated] because they believe it causes auto-immune diseases or, specifically, autism.”.

'It is heart-breaking' Two seriously ill puppies found dumped outside church

'It is heart-breaking' Two seriously ill puppies found dumped outside church

They were found in the porch of St Peter’s Church in Rectory Lane, Banstead, Surrey, earlier this week by its vicar who alerted the RSPCA.Animal welfare officer Carl Hone described how a man in a pink shirt was spotted running towards a grey people carrier with a woman passenger parked outside the church.Mr Hone: “The man who did this consciously made the decision to abandon these two innocent dogs and leave them in freezing conditions in very poor health.“It is heart-breaking that somebody could treat animals in desperate need of veterinary care in this way.”The pups were left in a pink and white fleece blanket.

Good Morning Britain condemned for spreading anti-vaccination myths with 'offensive' canine autism debate

Good Morning Britain condemned for spreading anti-vaccination myths with 'offensive' canine autism debate

The British Veterinary Association said it was aware of a growing community of anti-vaccination pet owners in the US, "who have voiced concerns that vaccinations may lead to their dogs developing autism-like behaviour".

Vaccinations for Your Pet

Vaccinations for Your Pet

This will depend on the type of vaccine, your pet’s age, medical history, environment and lifestyle.Expand to read moreFor puppies: If his mother has a healthy immune system, a puppy will most likely receive antibodies in mother’s milk while nursing.