West Toowoomba Vet Surgery

357 West Street
Toowoomba, AL 4350

(074)636-2027

westtoowoombavetsurgery.com

STEPS TO PREVENT DISEASE TRANSMISSION TO PEOPLE

 
Many reptiles carry bacteria, especially Salmonella, that can cause severe disease in people. It is important to keep this in mind when you, your family, and your friends are handling reptiles. Things you can do to minimise the transmssion of disease from reptiles to people include:

  • Buy only captive bred reptiles.
  • Wash your hands with a disinfectant after handling a reptile or its cage or cage accessories.
  • Wear gloves and a mask when cleaning the cage.
  • Do not kiss a reptile or let it "kiss" you.
  • Do not clean cage furnishings or prepare food items in your bathtub or kitchen sink.
  • If bitten or scratched by a reptile, thoroughly clean the affected area with a disinfectant and hot water and consult your doctor.
  • Have your reptiles examined by our veterinarians on a regular basis. Reptiles are very good at masking signs of illness - and those people who are unfamiliar with signs of disease may miss early symptoms. An annual examination can often detect underlying health, husbandry and nutritional problems.



Our Community Commitment:

We are the official vets for the local RSPCA shelter.  We do low cost desexing and health care, as well as support them financially at their events

We offer cheap veterinary treatment to Queensland Animal Rescue,  Bull Arab, The Pawfect Companion and Animal Angels Rescue.

Every year we accept and treat hundreds of wildlife cases, asking only a small donation from those who chose to give.

We contribute to the AVA Petpep scheme.  This involves going out to school and teaching responsible pet ownership to school age children.  If you are a teacher interested in this FREE service, please ring us or the AVA on Tel: 07 3423 1788