Parvovirus On The Rampage Warns Rspca

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29th April 2010, 04:24pm - Views: 1155
Parvovirus on the Rampage, Warns RSPCA

In the past fortnight RSPCA NSW Vets have diagnosed over 20 dogs with parvovirus. A deadly infection, the RSPCA's Sydney Hospital is currently seeing up to three cases every day, especially in young unvaccinated puppies.

"It is extremely important to vaccinate puppies from parvovirus, with the first vaccination occurring at 6-8 weeks of age," said RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian, Dr Magdoline Awad. "Then dogs require regular vaccinations for the rest of their lives. If you adopt any dog and are unsure about their vaccination history, please seek advice from your vet as any unvaccinated dog can contract parvovirus."

Parvovirus is a viral infection that causes vomiting and profuse bloody diarhoea leading to dehydration. "Dogs that show these signs must be taken immediately to a veterinarian. If excessive fluid loss occurs then severe shock and death can result."

The dogs that are at greater risk of contracting parvovirus are young puppies and unvaccinated dogs. Highly contagious, the virus can survive up to a year in the environment and favours hot, humid conditions. "As we have had warm and humid weather we have seen another outbreak of parvovirus. We urge that anyone with an unvaccinated dog (of any age) visit their veterinarian as soon as possible," said Dr Awad.

The best way to protect your dog from this deadly disease is through vaccination. The RSPCA recommends that puppies are restricted from public outdoor areas until the entire series of puppy vaccinations is complete. If unsure, please speak with your local vet.

Media Contact:
Melinda Wills McHugh
Acting RSPCA NSW Media Manager
0413 622 020
[email protected]


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