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Vet warns of rise in parvovirus

BE AWARE: Vet Cassie Gleeson examines 14-week-old border collie puppy Sasha.
BE AWARE: Vet Cassie Gleeson examines 14-week-old border collie puppy Sasha. Kate Czerny

SIX cases of the deadly parvovirus have been diagnosed in just one morning at an Ipswich vet clinic.

The recent hot weather warm weather across south-east Queensland has prompted a widespread warning of the potential for a lethal impact on man's best friend.

Anxious dog owners have been bringing their dogs into veterinary clinics such as Greencross Vets Redbank Plains surgery with symptoms such as bloody diarrhoea and vomiting, which in turn leads to dehydration and anemia.

Greencross Vets Redbank Plains veterinary director Dr Rishi Shah says this terrible illness can easily be prevented through an annual vaccination:

"Parvo virus lives in the ground and when it rains and the ground gets muddy, people can take it home with them on their shoes or car tyres," Dr Shah said.

"Dogs with parvo are highly contagious so they have to be put in an isolation ward and since the diarrhoea and vomiting makes them dehydrated, they are put on a drip and a series of antibiotics for several days.

"This treatment can be very expensive; up to $900 on the first day alone."

To prevent this high cost and the possible euthanasia of a parvo-stricken dog, Dr Shah recommends that all dog owners should now have their pets vaccinated with a series of three vaccinations between six to 16 weeks followed by an annual injection.

"These vaccinations are not as expensive as people have been lead to believe, especially as the cost includes a full general health check and a 20 minute consultation with a vet," Dr Shah said.

"I urge all owners to have their dogs vaccinated - this terrible virus is so easy to prevent."

For information, visit greencrossvet.com.au or call Greencross Vets Redbank Plains on 3814 3333.

Parvo facts

  • Only contagious to dogs.
  • The younger dog, the greater chance it will not recover.
  • Dogs that recover are often susceptible to other diseases.

Topics:  parvovirus



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