Uk: June is National Vaccination Month – an Offer for Discounted Vaccination Treatment for ALL Uk Pet Owners


Something for Uk pets to smile about …………………………………..



The following is an offer only available to Uk residents.

We at SAV are giving our full support to this excellent offer to help improve disease protection for pet animals within the Uk.

Pleaase visit the following for details on finding a vet operating the scheme, and to be able to download your vouchers for treatment: 

The offer applies to owners of pet Dogs, Cats, Rabbits and Horses.

Restore your pet’s protection against disease

June 2009 is National Vaccination Month. Participating vets will once again be providing your pets with discounted vaccinations, saving you up to £30 per pet*, as well as a free health check.

During National Vaccination Month 2009, horse owners can obtain discounted vaccinations against some of the most dangerous equine diseases.

The offer includes a free second dose of tetanus vaccine (with or without flu), plus a free wormer.

Dogs and cats must be older than 18 months and

not have been vaccinated for at least 18 months.
Rabbits must be older than 9 months and not have been vaccinated for at least 9 months.

For further information about the diseases which each animal can be protected against by this offer, please visit or see the details directly below:


Canine parvovirus

Still widespread and often fatal. Causes severe vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. About 15,000 UK dogs are believed to have suffered from the disease in the last 12 months. The virus is spread in the faeces of infected dogs and survives outdoors for months or even years. Once contracted, there is no specific treatment; it can be effectively prevented through vaccination.


A bacterial disease that causes serious liver and kidney problems in humans as well as dogs (it’s called Weill’s Disease in humans). Spreads in the urine of infected animals, which can include rats; any animal excercised in or around ponds and watercourses is at risk. An estimated 4,000 cases are seen each year in the UK.


Another potentially fatal disease, spread directly from dog to dog. Caused major epidemics in the 1960s and 1970s but has since been brought under control by vaccination. Causes respiratory problems, diarrhoea, vomiting, ‘hard pad’ and fits.


This devastating disease may prove rapidly fatal. It affects the liver, and may also involve the kidneys, eyes and lungs of infected dogs. This virus is shed in the urine of infected dogs. Routine vaccination provices effective prevention against this disease

Kennel Cough

A very common and highly contagious respiratory disease which typically results in an unpleasant hacking cough. The cough can persist for weeks, and can be life-threatening in puppies and vulnerable dogs. Spreads through coughing, sneezing and nose-to-nose contact wherever dogs meet and mix – not just in boarding kennels. Effective vaccines given as drops up the nose are available to prevent disease due to the most significant bugs responsible for this disease.


Cat flu

Cat flu still affects an estimated 160,000 cats and kittens each year in the UK. Symptoms include sneezing, nasal discharge and sore eyes. The disease is caused by several different bugs, some of which can be spread by ‘carrier animals’ which show no outward signs. It can prove fatal especially in the vulnerable, and can lead to unpleasant long-term complications for affected cats. Vaccination significantly reduces the risk of disease.

Feline enteritis

Also known as feline panleucopaenia, this causes severe vomiting, loss of appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Sometimes the disease can progress so quickly that a cat may die before any signs are noticed. The virus survives outdoors for months or even years. Cats can also be infected with canine parvovirus. Vaccination of cats will offer protection against canine parvovirus and feline enteritis.

Feline leukaemia

Caused by a virus, feline leukaemia suppresses the cat’s immune system and can cause cancer, anaemia and death. Spreads directly from the saliva of infected animals, to others it may meet and socialise with. Vaccination has proved effective in reducing this disease; a significant prevalence of infection in unvaccinated cats is reported.



The recent myxomatosis epidemic has been particularly marked with a devastating effect on pet rabbits and their wild cousins. Spread by fleas and other external parasites, it causes profound illness and disfiguring swellings around the eyes, face and genitalia. The disease frequently leads to death. Vaccination and parasite control are essential for prevention.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

This is a viral disease of rabbits which usually proves rapidly fatal. Signs of the disease can be just sudden unexplained death or may include depression, collapse, difficulty in breathing, convulsions and bleeding from the nose. Rabbits can be vaccinated against this disease, although this vaccine is not included in the National Vaccination Month initiative. Please ask you veterinary surgeon for more details.


Equine Influenza

‘Flu in horses is a highly infectious viral disease which affects the respiratory tract including the windpipe and lungs. Widespread throughout the horse population, the virus is transmitted by direct horse-to-horse contact and indirect contact via contaminated people, tack, feed and equipment. Signs of ‘flu include a dry, harsh cough, fever, nasal discharge and lethargy. Following a bout of ‘flu, horses need complete rest for at least 6 weeks. Equine ‘flu is not contagious to humans.

Equine Herpes Virus

Equine herpes virus is a very common viral disease which is just as contagious as ‘flu. The virus can cause a severe loss of form and associated problems including abortion and paralysis and, like its human counterparts, the virus can recur time after time. The first signs are similar to those seen with ‘flu and include fever, nasal discharge and coughing that can last for up to 3 weeks. Equine herpes virus is not contagious to humans. Vaccination against equine herpes virus is not available as part of National Vaccination Month


Strangles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi. Horses become depressed, dull, develop a fever and nasal discharge and stop eating. The glands around the throat swell, forming abscesses. In some outbreaks and in up to ten percent of cases, these abscesses spread to other parts of the body (a condition known as ‘bastard’ strangles) which is nearly always fatal. Strangles is transmitted from horse-to horse and indirect contact via people, tack, feed and equipment. There is currently no vaccine available against strangles.


Tetanus is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetanii which can be found in soil and horse droppings. Although most animals can be affected horses are particularly susceptible. The bacteria enter the body through wounds and punctures of the sole of the foot are common routes of infection. Horses will develop muscle stiffness resulting in a “rocking-horse” stance and “lock-jaw”. Unfortunately this condition is usually fatal.

Please, don’t waste time and let your animals health suffer – download your vouchers now and get vaccinating !




Ireland: Mutilated Greyhound Bodies Found Dumped – Government Asked to Act



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 Press Release 3-6-09

GREYHOUND ACTION IRELAND are again dismayed  but not surprised at the
discovery of yet more dumped  earless greyhounds on a mid west beach. This
butchery is part and parcel of the cruel Greyhound  Racing and coursing

‘We call on the Minister for SPORT MARTIN CULLEN to withdraw all financial
support in the form of  grants to the Greyhound and horse Racing
-(currently standing at over 100 million in taxpayers
money  since 2001)
This money is spent to prop up an ailing Industry built
on :

  • Endemic and widespread animal abuse-including use of drugs, massive over-breeding and  killing and dumping.
  • Slaughter of thousands of dogs and pups annually.
  • promotion of underage gambling (no underage limit at the tracks)
  • see go to IRELAND

Bernie Wright
 Phone 0872651720

Irish newspaper Report:


Mutilated remains of greyhounds dumped at popular pier


Wednesday June 03 2009

The carcasses of three dead greyhounds have been dumped at one of the most popular bathing areas in the Mid-West.

The shocking discovery was made by officials from the Environment Department of Limerick County Council last Thursday.

Water Officer with the Council, John Considine was on a regular inspection of the county’s two main bathing areas, at Glin in east Limerick and at Kilteery, on the border with Co Kerry.

While speaking with staff at Kilteery he noticed what appeared to be the remains of the dog in the water below the pier.

On closer inspection, Mr Considine discovered two recently dumped greyhounds and the skeletal remains of a greyhound which had been dumped some time ago.

The ears of all dogs had been cut off in an apparent attempt to avoid identifying the owner of the animalsall greyhounds have an identification number tattooed behind their ears.

The matter has been reported to the gardai, while Bord na gCon has also been advised of the find.

The board is anxious to have a hair taken from each of the two most recently dumped dogs in an attempt to identify the animals by DNA.

Judging from the build of the dogs, there are indications that they have been bred for coursing rather than greyhound track racing.

Mr Considine said: “There are just no words for a person who would do a thing like that. We have made a huge effort to develop this into an amenity area to be enjoyed — and then this happened.

“I haven’t seen anything like this in 20 years in this job and the fact that all that remains of one of the dogs is skeletal suggests that somebody is making a habit of this.

“There are also clear indications that the other two dogs were put down by a vet before being dumped here in this way. We are pursuing this matter in every way we can”.

The remains of all three animals have since been removed from Kilteery pier.