Fresh cases of dog virus

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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.”

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