Suspected disease outbreak
Moura vet urges dog owners to get vaccination against Parvovirus
GET your puppies vaccinated while you can is the advice from Moura Veterinary Clinic Associated Veterinarian Adam Hayes.
The Banana Shire Council has received reports that several dogs in Moura have contracted the Parvovirus.
The virus is highly infectious and attacks the gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular systems of dogs.
Common signs of a parvo-affected animal are initial tiredness and not wanting to play, vomiting, followed by very foul-smelling dysentery or diarrhoea.
Dogs that become infected with the virus and show clinical signs will usually become ill within seven to 10 days of the initial infection.
Mr Hayes has been a veterinarian for three years and urged dog owners to get their pets vaccinated.
“It’s hard to watch a puppy suffer with it (Parvovirus) and the mortality rate is quite high,” Mr Hayes said.
“The virus attacks the lining of the small intestine and the animal can go into a septic shock.”
The death rate in young non-vaccinated puppies can be greater than 80 per cent.
Due to the stability of the virus, it can be easily transmitted through the hair or feet of infected dogs, contaminated shoes, clothes and other objects.
Which means even if a dog never goes to the park or mixes with other dogs, it can be exposed to the virus in the environment.
The virus is preventable through vaccination but dogs do not have full immunity against the virus until after two weeks of the last vaccine.
“They should get their first needle at six to eight weeks, the second at 10-12 weeks and the at 14-16 weeks,” Mr Hayes said.
“There is only a guaranteed coverage after the third needle.”