Parvovirus on the rise

Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that thrives in wet, humid conditions and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their faeces. This year we have seen at least 4 cases of Parvovirus per week. That is more in one week than we would normally see a year!

Parvo is an unforgiving virus that does not discriminate based on age or breed. It attacks the gastrointestinal system of dogs, simultaneously destroying the patient's bone marrow and intestinal lining causing septicaemia, devastating the immune system. It is an absolutely horrific disease, notoriously difficult to remove from the environment, with a high mortality rate and is very costly to treat. Fortunately vaccinations are highly effective at reducing the disease and protecting your precious pooch and indirectly other dogs in the community.

Puppies with their immature immune systems are especially susceptible to this horrible virus so following your vets recommended vaccine schedule is vital. To help keep your puppy safe it is important to make sure your puppy is sufficiently vaccinated before being exposed to other dogs and unfamiliar environments. It takes about 10-14 days after the final round of vaccinations for your puppy’s immune system to develop immunity. This often coincides with the critical socialization period, but puppy preschool is a safe way to social your new family member (ask us about our puppy classes!). Your vet will be able let you know when it is okay to take your puppy to other environments such as the dog park.

Parvovirus is an emergency so it’s important to recognise the signs, these include:

Bloody diarrhea
Lethargy (lack of energy)
Loss of appetite
Rapid weight loss

Vaccination is the only way to prevent the virus and its spread throughout the community. If your dog is not up to date with its vaccinations or they have not been done in some time it would be a good idea to get them vaccinated. Contact our team about our Best For Pets program where you can get your pet’s yearly vaccinations for free!

Did you know that Balaclava Vet is open 7 days a week and has a Vet and Vet Nurse on call for emergencies 24/7-365 days a year? All you have to do is call (07) 4054 2166 and press 1 to speak to a Vet!