There has been a few reported cases of parvovirus lately and vets are warning pet owners to be aware of the signs, especially if being around other dogs, and vaccinate their dogs.
Parvovirus is a fatal, highly contagious and resilient disease. The virus invades the gastrointestinal tract of puppies and dogs, causing symptoms such as lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, fever and severe, often bloody explosive diarrhoea. It has the ability to survive in the environment for up to six months after being shed in faeces and vomit.
We urge dog owners to vaccinate their dogs against parvovirus and keep up to date with recommend yearly boosters. These vaccinations, known as C5 and costing around $90, are generally very effective, covering not only parvovirus, but also other diseases including Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Hepatitis Virus and two forms of Canine Cough. When compared against the average cost of $1,000 - $3,000 to treat parvovirus, which is also not guaranteed to be effective, it seems only logical to simply vaccinate. Costs aside, once a dog contracts parvovirus the survival rate is generally 50% so as the old adage goes, prevention is better than a cure.
If your dog has not had a vaccination in the past 12 months, please contact your local vet to make a booking.