Veterinarians warn about the danger of parvovirus
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.”