Vets urge dog vaccinations as virus spreads
Wellington SPCA is warning Porirua dog owners to be wary of a potential parvovirus outbreak.
More and more dogs with the often-fatal virus have been treated by Wellington SPCA veterinarians, with several of the animals coming from the Warspite Ave area.
Canine parvovirus is highly contagious but does not affect humans. Symptoms include severe vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and lethargy. Left untreated, the animal will die a painful death from dehydration.
Dogs affected by parvovirus risk spreading the disease via their faeces, and continue to do this for weeks after they recover. The virus often remains in the soil, bedding and kennels of an affected dog for several years and can even be transmitted via owners’ clothing. It is also highly resistant to common disinfectants.
Dog owners should avoid having an unvaccinated pup outside and in public areas such as parks or pathways.
Wellington SPCA veterinary surgeon Anthony Wong says owners need to ensure their dogs are fully vaccinated.
He says your local vet can advise you on the appropriate course of vaccines.
Owners who suspect their dogs have contracted parvovirus should immediately contact their vet.
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