Sus­pected disease out­break

Moura vet urges dog own­ers to get vac­ci­na­tion against Par­vovirus

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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.”

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