Warn­ing on parvo threat

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Sjanna San­dalova

Dog own­ers have been warned to vac­ci­nate their pets against the deadly par­vovirus af­ter three cases were recorded in Katan­ning last week.

Katan­ning Vet Clinic vet­eri­nar­ian Re­becca Lam­bert said par­vovirus was more preva­lent over sum­mer, so it was star­tling to see cases al­ready.

“Usu­ally we see a flare-up of cases in warm wet months, as it is more preva­lent over sum­mer but the fact that we just had warm weather last week and it’s been re­ally wet and we’ve al­ready had cases is re­ally wor­ry­ing,” she said.

The three cases treated last week all came out of Wa­gin. How­ever, Dr Lam­bert is urg­ing all dog own­ers to get their an­i­mals treated prop­erly.

“Par­vovirus is a re­ally re­sis­tant strong virus and it can live in the environment for six to 12 months af­ter the in­fected dog has been there,” she said.

“If you haven’t done your vac­ci­na­tion course prop­erly as a puppy then your dog could still pick it up.”

Dogs who con­tract the virus can die within a num­ber of days if left un­treated, and even with treat­ment, act­ing quickly is cru­cial.

“You’ve got to be ag­gres­sive with treat­ment and you’ve got to treat quickly — whether or not treat­ment is suc­cess­ful depends on the age and health of the dog,” she said. “Symp­toms in­clude di­ar­rhoea and vom­it­ing that can be quite bloody, and the dog gets re­ally lethar­gic and quiet.”

If you are un­sure if your dog has been vac­ci­nated against the dis­ease, you can have your dog blood-tested.

Pic­ture: Sjanna San­dalova

Vet Re­becca Lam­bert gives Ebony her vac­ci­na­tion.

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