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By REON McMURTRIE, BVSC
In January 2012, a much-loved huntaway, Sam,
from a local farm, was brought in to us with
severe joint stiffness and lameness affecting all
limbs. Sam had been slowly deteriorating, had
developed pressure sores from his inactivity and
was unable to move comfortably.
He needed shallow steps to get in and out of
his kennel, and his quality of life was dwindling
along with his mobility. Sam's owners noticed
their old boy suffering in silence. Facing an
ominous decision, they decided it was time for
a trip to the vet.
After a simple blood test, it was confirmed
that Sam was a candidate for treatment with a
new long-acting drug called Trocoxil; an orally
administered anti-inflammatory, given once a
month. Sam improved dramatically, returned to
his former active self over a few weeks and the
pressure sores healed. Sam has now been on
Trocoxil for a year and has an excellent quality
of life. Every six months, Sam is re-examined and
his blood re-tested.
While Trocoxil has an excellent safety profile,
a blood test is carried out before a course of
treatment begins. This ensures that the kidneys
are functioning well, as once the drug is on
board, it will be in the patient's system for some
time. The benefit of using a long-acting anti-
inflammatory is that pain relief is continuous.
With products that require daily dosing, the
amount of anti-inflammatory in the blood
fluctuates and may drop below therapeutic
levels, especially when doses are missed.
If you suspect your dog has arthritis and
would like to discuss treatment options with a
vet, give your local Vetlife clinic a call.
If you have a dog that is currently on a daily
anti-inflammatory to manage arthritis, feel free
to ask about Trocoxil at your next vet visit -- it
may be a worthwhile change.
''Trocoxil for our dog has been the best thing
out. Sam is back to wanting to come out on the
farm with us,'' David and Diane Colbourne say.
Funds to meet waste demand
THE WAIMAKARIRI District Council is
welcoming news that the Government
has approved an additional $500,000
towards the removal and disposal of
hazardous waste from Canterbury s red-
The clean-up project started 18 months
ago, with a mobile service collecting any-
thing from paint to LPG bottles from
homes due for demolition, much of which
is processed through the Waimakariri
With demand exceeding expectations,
the extra funding brings the initiative s
cost to date to $1.4 million.
Environment Minister and Associate
Earthquake Recovery Minister Amy
Adams said the scheme was expected to
be completed by November, with more
than 360 tonnes of rubbish disposed of in
a safe and environmentally sound way.
The Government is paying for about 76
per cent of the project from the Waste
Minimisation Fund, with the rest of the
money coming from the Christchurch and
Waimakariri district councils.
We are pleased the minister and the
Waste Minimisation Fund have approved
the additional funding, as it will enable
us to complete this project to mitigate
risks to the people of Christchurch and
Waimakariri, both now and in the
future, Environment Canterbury com-
missioner Rex Williams said.
Canterbury senior hazardous
substances and waste officer Chris
Keeling agreed that the project had
After only 11 months operation we
have collected 203 tonnes of hazardous
waste, which is significantly higher than
our original estimate of collecting 100
tonnes over a three-year period, he said.
And the extra funding is really welcome.
We have cleared approximately 55
per cent of red-zoned properties to
date, but with so much hazardous waste
coming through the Christchurch and
Waimakariri transfer stations, the orig-
inal $509,000 funds ran out at the end of
May. About 160 tonnes of household
hazardous waste from around 4000
properties is still to be collected and
removed from the residential red zone.
He said an additional bonus was that
the project offered a valuable and nation-
ally significant insight into the types and
amounts of this kind of waste in a typical
Eighty-three per cent of the household
hazardous waste received through the
programme has been paint. Most of this
is recycled through the Resene Paintwise
Scheme at EcoDrops, some of which goes
to local groups to paint over graffiti.
Other common products have been
household chemicals (9 per cent), garden
chemicals (2 per cent), waste oil (3
per cent) and solvents (1 per cent), along
with 365 car batteries and 111 barbecue
Fences to get makeover
GET CREATIVE: Raven and Aspen Purdom are right behind the Faces on the Fence initiative
to add colour and cheer to the fences in Rangiora's High St.
THERE IS a new competition taking to
the streets of Rangiora in an effort to
brighten up the town s fences through
Four locals -- graphic designer Zane
Purdom, artist Trisha Jacobsen, and
Community Board members Judith
Hoult and Greg Miller -- have dreamed
up the Faces on the Fence idea to replace
the now-weathered silhouettes and jazz
up the practical signage that advertises
the town s businesses and services.
Those signs definitely have a purpose,
but not a good deal of attractiveness,
So we are organising a competition
where interested residents can create 2D
or 3D portraits to hang on the High St
fences. They can be realistic, abstract,
cartoons, or whatever, as long as they re
bright and colourful.
There are four prizes up for grabs
across four age groups -- adult, high
school, primary and preschool -- with the
winners decided by a peoples choice vote.
Each picture will be numbered, and
we are asking voters to write the number
of their favourite on the back of a local
shop receipt and pop it into the drop
boxes in local stores, Judith says.
We plan to hang the portraits at the
end of July and voting will take place
over the following two weeks, so people
have plenty of time to put their creative
thinking hats on.
Entries need to be larger than A3, but
no bigger than a bicycle, with holes
punched in them, ready to be cable-tied
to the fences. Zane, of RavenQ Graphic
Design, has plenty of corflute available
for those who have nothing to paint on,
and he is also the dropoff point for the
Entry forms are available from the library
or from Greg Miller on 313 3386 or from
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