Fresh cases of dog virus
A NUMBER of recent cases of canine parvovirus have local vets urging pet owners to ensure they vaccinate their dogs against the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease.
Chinchilla Vet Services is seeing a steady number of new cases and more pet owners who are failing to remain vigilant.
Canine parvovirus is highly contagious and puppies and dogs that have not been vaccinated are more susceptible.
Vet Kate Collins said there was no cure for parvovirus but there were treatment options available to support a dog’s immune system and support them symptomatically while they recovered.
“Ideally, the best-case scenario is hospitalisation in our isolation ward with IV fluids,” she said.
“They can die from it, and that is common without treatment. Even with hospital treatment, not all of them make it. It’s about 85% survival rate with treatment in hospital.”
Common signs and symptoms of the virus include lethargy, a disinterest in food, vomiting and diarrhoea which can result in severe dehydration.
Dr Collins said parvovirus made dogs “feel absolutely miserable” and that hospital treatment could cost hundreds to thousands of dollars.
She said an effective vaccine was available and that prevention was the best method when it came to combating the disease.
“It takes time in a dog for that immunity to occur after they have that vaccine, particularly in puppies because they don’t have that immunity built up yet.”