Further information regarding the Leptospirosis outbreak
A number of members have expressed further information regarding the Leptospirosis outbreak in Sydney, Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc has provided the following information to help understand and alleviate any concerns.....
The numbers affected by Leptospirosis continue to be very small. The total number affected in the previous year was 12 (fatalities). The exact numbers and areas affected this year has not changed in the last 6 days.
Areas affected in Sydney The area affected in inner Sydney is the same as last year and includes Newtown, Erskineville, Darlinghurst, Glebe, Redfern - basically a 3 km radius around Surrey Hills. It is thought that with all the major building projects, including removing sections of railways, and other changes within the area has forced the rats to move into surrounding areas.
What is Leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is a bacteria that can survive in various areas including flood waters, puddles, mud or other moist areas. In animals, it can survive in animal tissues and urine, with rats and mice being the major carriers.
How is it transmitted? Leptospirosis is a very nasty bacterial disease generally spread by contamination of food and water sources by rats and mice urinating on these surfaces and materials while they feed. Infection can occur through open wounds and via mucous surfaces including the mouth, nose and eyes. Humans can also become infected through the same routes and Leptospirosis is considered a zoonotic disease. If you have a diagnosed infected dog, you should handle it carefully with gloves and do not let the dog lick your face. Transmission to humans from dogs rarely occurs, but it can occur.
Symptoms Symptoms of infection can vary, with lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea and blood in the urine being the most common. Treatment requires hospitalisation with vigorous fluid therapy, antibiotics and other medications to try an avoid massive kidney failure as the bacteria specifically targets the kidney tissue.
Prevention The prevention of this disease (apart from vaccination) is by having very good (and safe) rodent control and removing any extra sources of moisture - puddles, damp areas. Food sources such as dry dog food should be kept in metal bins - rats and mice will eat through plastic and normal coverings of dog food bags. Keep surfaces clean, spray down working benches and kennels with normal disinfects daily.
Vaccination for Leptospirosis Vaccination for Leptospirosis requires 2 vaccinations given 2 weeks apart of the C2i vaccine (which covers Leptospirosis and canine Corona virus). This vaccine once administered has a good uptake and will last for quite some time. Only dogs in the nominated areas need to be vaccinated, no other areas have been reported at this time. If you are in an area with a high rat infestation, vaccination for Leptospirosis should be considered.
Obedience Rules and Rally Rules - Effective 1 January 2021
As a result of the approval of EM#181 (March 2020 National Obedience & Tracking Committee meeting minutes) the following rules have been updated in accordance with these minutes and are now available from the ANKC website.
• Rules for the conduct of Obedience Trials; • Rules for the conduct of Rally Trials; • Rally Signs: Novice, Advanced, Excellent, Master
The above documents have been marked as effective 1 January 2021 with the existing rules to be removed at the end of December.
TITLES Description of the Obedience titles can be found on Pages 1 and 2 of the rulebook. Description of the Rally titles can be found on Page 6 of the rulebook. The Committee Chairperson, Raelee Hedger, has confirmed the only major change is to the RAE Title.
At its meeting on Wednesday 11 March 2020, the DOGS NSW Board of Directors resolved to accept the quotation from Morris Batzloff for the performance of the ROYAL NEW SOUTH WALES CANINE COUNCIL LIMITED (ACN 062 986 118) 2019/2020 Audit.
This decision was made in an effort to cut costs in all areas of the Company’s expenditure.
Details of the Outgoing Auditor (Vincents Chartered Accountants) are as follows:- Vincents Chartered Accountants GPO Box 680 CANBERRA ACT 2601 Ph: 02 6274 3400
Details of Incoming Auditor (Morris Batzloff) are as follows: Morris Batzloff Chartered Accountants PO Box 1305 COORPAROO DC QLD 4151 Ph: 07 3391 8222
Recommendations for Affiliates Conducting Obedience, Rally O, Tracking, Track & Search and Endurance Tests - For use in a COVID-19 environment
The following recommendations have been developed by DOGS NSW Obedience and Tracking Committee for use in a COVID-19 environment.
These recommendations apply to the use of the grounds at Orchard Hills which are managed by DOGS NSW and are also the minimum requirements to be met by any Affiliated Club conducting an ANKC event. In some instances Local Councils may require additional requirements to these recommendations and also Affiliates may wish to add individual requirements.
As we return to competitions affiliates should ensure that measures are put in place to provide the safest possible environment for all.
In our sport there are many contact areas for Judges and Stewards, where there could be a risk of cross contamination when handling dogs and equipment.
It is suggested affiliates should familiarise themselves with the Government guidelines regarding the safety and hygiene procedures when operating in a COVID – 19 environment.
Although our competitions are not specifically outlined in any sporting recommendations the following two sites do offer suggestions which could be transferred to our environment.
ANKC Statement - Status of the Brachycephalic Breeds in the Netherlands
Please view below an ANKC Statement, dated 22 May, regarding the status of the brachycephalic breeds in the Netherlands.
The Open letter from the President of the FCI, related to the status of the brachycephalic breeds in the Netherlands, has been widely viewed and applauded around the world, ANKC Ltd will be sending a message of support to the FCI and the Dutch Breeders, the statement will carry far greater weight if it has the declared support of the breed clubs and National Breed Councils (where they exist) of the threatened breeds, Affenpinschers, Boston Terriers, British Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Griffon Bruxellois, Japanese Chin, King Charles Spaniels, Pugs, Pekingese and Shih Tzu. Do not think that your breed is safe from this kind of Government Legislation, it may be at present, but who knows what may happen in coming years, some organisations whose objectives include prohibition of people owning animals, are gaining representation in State and Territory Governments and may reach the stage where they hold a balance of power and introduce restrictive breeding regulations, be assured that these political parties plus the RSPCA, AVA and individual Veterinarians will be inspired by such statements as “in the future, breeders must demonstrate that brachycephalic dogs are proven free of conformation related problems” and “the core of the report is a set of criteria about the conformation. When one is exceeded, this will lead to a prohibition of breeding, regardless of the other criteria. The criteria describe exaggerated conformations, which are not desirable within the breeds”. Brachycephalic breeders in Australia must work to ensure that their breed cannot be targeted for exaggerated features, and be able to demonstrate that, where recognised health schemes are available for their, breed they have embraced them.
For clubs to be included in the ANKC letter of support to the FCI and Dutch Breeders, please write to your Member Body or National Breed Councils so they can forward to the ANKC.
Mr Hugh Gent OAM President & Chairman of the Board
Dr Karen Hedberg (BVSc) Sydney Chairperson ANKC Canine Health & Wellbeing Committee