With cases of parvovirus recently seen in the area, it is good to know a little bit more about this disease.
Parvovirus, or “parvo”, is a highly-contagious disease for dogs that is characterised by diarrhoea and can be life-threatening.
It can be transmitted through dog-to-dog contact, contact with infected stools, or even just contact with a contaminated environment or object.
The dogs that are most susceptible to this infection are puppies and elderly dogs, but unvaccinated dogs of any age are at risk.
The typical signs of parvovirus include:
n Diarrhoea, often containing blood
n Lack of appetite
These will cause dogs to get dehydrated and deteriorate very quickly, so it’s very important that they receive veterinary care early.
There is no specific treatment for this virus so the treatment usually involves dealing with each clinical sign and providing supportive care.
Parvovirus vaccination is included in the core vaccination for dogs, so it is important that puppies are vaccinated as soon as possible and that adult dogs are kept up-to-date with their vaccinations.
Vaccination and good hygiene are crucial in preventing this disease.
For puppies that have not yet finished their vaccination course, it is important that they don’t associate with dogs of unknown vaccination status and that they don’t spend time in places where other dogs may have been.
If you’re not sure if your dogs are up-to-date with their vaccinations, contact your veterinarian.