You may have heard that Parvovirus has reared its ugly head (more!) along the coast recently. This virus is exactly that - UGLY and heartbreaking to see.
Parvovirus is a viral illness that causes vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and weight loss in dogs. In puppies aged between six weeks and six months, it can be fatal. Early vaccination has been effective at reducing death rates and providing protection.
Parvo is highly infectious. The virus is passed in the faeces of dogs sick with parvovirus. The virus can survive on the ground for up to 12 months, which means it can be picked up from most areas that are visited by dogs. Think your local beaches and parks.
Fortunately, a highly effective vaccination is available to protect your dog against parvovirus. Puppies should receive this vaccine first at 6-8 weeks of age, then at 10-12 weeks and finally at 14-16 weeks. It’s important to note that puppies will not have full immunity against the virus until 2 weeks after the last vaccine.
Adult dogs require an annual vaccine. If you are unsure if your dog is up to date with their vaccine, call the clinic and chat to one of our girls.
Protect your dog and vaccinate!