Vets urge dog vac­ci­na­tions as virus spreads

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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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Smart map: Porirua City Coun­cil in­tern Anja Steinle scans the Quick Re­sponse code on the Cam­borne Walk­way. She is

help­ing to put the QR codes in place.

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