Important Notice for Dog Owners

By: Animates  05-Apr-2012
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Important Notice for Dog Owners:  Parvovirus

A recent outbreak of canine Parvovirus has been reported in West Auckland. Pet Doctors clinics around the country are also reporting a small increase in the number of cases at this time of year.

A recent outbreak of canine Parvovirus has been reported in West Auckland. Pet Doctors clinics around the country are also reporting a small increase in the number of cases at this time of year.

Here are some commonly-asked questions, and a checklist of what to do.

  • What is parvovirus? It’s a severe viral infection. Symptoms include a sudden onset of bloody diarrhoea, lethargy, vomiting and fever. This can lead to severe dehydration and death. Treatment usually involves intensive veterinary care for several days
  • How does it spread? The virus is spread through the faeces of infected dog, or any surface the dog has contact with. It can stay active for long periods, and it transfers very easily. So even if you keep your dog away from infected areas, the virus could still be carried home on someone’s shoes.
  • Is my dog at risk? Parvovirus mostly affects puppies between 2-6 months, but infection can occur at any age. While there’s no known cure for parvovirus, luckily there is a preventative vaccine. The vaccination programme starts in puppyhood.

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Talk to your Pet Doctors vet, or call us at the clinic. Together we’ll check your vaccination records, and make sure everything is up-to-date. You can rest easy once you know your dog is fully vaccinated.
  2. Until you know your dog is safely vaccinated, it’s best to take precautions. Keep away from areas with high dog populations e.g kennels, parks, river banks, and popular dog-walking tracks.

Remember, your Pet Doctors team is always there to help. Get in touch with your local Pet Doctors at an Animates location near you.

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