Ve­teri­nar­i­ans warn about the dan­ger of par­vovirus

Central Queensland News - - NEWS -

VETS are urg­ing pet own­ers to get their pup­pies vac­ci­nated for par­vovirus.

The Cen­tral High­lands is one of Aus­tralia’s hot spots for the dis­ease, which is highly con­ta­gious and in­fects many dogs in Aus­tralia ev­ery year.

It is caused by a virus that lives in the en­vi­ron­ment and is par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous for young pup­pies.

The most com­mon symp­toms in­clude se­vere di­ar­rhea (of­ten bloody), vom­it­ing, fever, lack of ap­petite and lethargy.

Vac­ci­na­tion sched­ules should start with pup­pies as young as six weeks old.

Mara­boon Vet­eri­nary Surgery’s Dr An­gela Suther­land said dogs with par­vovirus of­ten be­came ill very quickly.

“They can be healthy one day and the fol­low­ing day in life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion,” Dr Suther­land said.

“Parvo is by far the most com­mon se­ri­ous ill­ness we deal with in the High­lands, and it is 100% pre­ventable.

“We strongly en­cour­age ev­ery­one in the area to en­sure that their dog’s vac­ci­na­tions are up to date.

“If your dog is un­well and you sus­pect it may have par­vovirus, con­tact your vet im­me­di­ately.

“Early in­ter­ven­tion and treat­ment is im­per­a­tive for its sur­vival.”

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