Keep vac­ci­nat­ing to stave off out­breaks

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

THE Fraser Coast re­gion has been free from any se­ri­ous par­vovirus out­breaks this year.

But Narissa Corfe, the prac­tice man­ager at Her­vey Bay Ve­teri­nary Clinic, said peo­ple should not be­come com­pla­cent when it comes to vac­ci­nat­ing their pets.

Ms Corfe said during typ­i­cal years, the prac­tice only saw be­tween three to five cases of parvo a year.

But she said ev­ery five years or so there would be an out­break which usu­ally hap­pened when peo­ple be­came com­pla­cent about vac­ci­nat­ing their an­i­mals.

Ms Corfe said par­vovirus was eas­ily trans­mit­ted and all it took was for one in­fected dog to visit an area that other dogs vis­ited, such as parks or the beach, and it could spread quickly.

Then the num­ber of cases seen at the clinic rose dra­mat­i­cally, some­times be­tween 30 and 40 cases of parvo a month, Ms Corfe said.

She said it was im­por­tant for own­ers to re­mem­ber to vac­ci­nate their pets even if they were gen­er­ally healthy.

There are two forms of par­vovirus, car­diac and in­testi­nal, with pup­pies be­ing the most sus­cep­ti­ble to the ill­ness.

With­out treat­ment it can kill dogs within 48 to 72 hours.

Par­vovirus is highly con­ta­gious and can be trans­mit­ted by any per­son, an­i­mal or ob­ject that comes in con­tact with an in­fected dog’s fae­ces.

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