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Parvovirus warning for man’s best friend

Published: 29 April 2016

Parvovirus warning for man’s best friend

An outbreak of Parvovirus has been detected in Logan, prompting warnings to dog owners to make sure their best fur friends’ vaccinations are up to date or risk expensive treatment, or worse, the loss of a beloved family pet.

Highly contagious to dogs, but unable to spread to cats and humans, Parvovirus can easily be prevented by a trip to the vet for a vaccination.

Animals, Parks, and City Standards Committee Chair, Cr Jennie Breene, urged all dog owners to be wary of Parvovirus symptoms and to take steps to help stop the virus spreading.

“Parvo is highly contagious, and often deadly, but can be prevented with a simple vaccination or booster shot,” she said.

“Puppies, unvaccinated dogs and those that haven’t had the booster shot are the most vulnerable in the community, however the virus can affect dogs of any age or breed.

“Immunisation can cost from around $80 to $110, but compared with treatment costs, which can start at $1,000, aside from the obvious health benefits, it makes financial sense.

“I would strongly encourage all residents with dogs to be vigilant and keep an eye on their fur friends for the signs of parvovirus.”

Park Ridge vet Nigel Thomas said the virus was spread through dog faeces, and owners should be on the lookout for a number of tell-tale signs.

“Key symptoms include lack of appetite, drooling, depression, lethargy, abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, and diarrhoea, often with blood,” he said.

“The virus can survive for long periods in the environment and there often isn’t an obvious source of infection, with clinical signs generally appearing four to 10 days after infection.

“Diagnosis of parvovirus is by a faecal sample. The test takes ten minutes so is quick and simple to confirm if your dog has the virus.”

While treatment is available, pet owners need to seek veterinary attention immediately as the virus poses an aggressive risk to dog health.

If you suspect your pet has contracted Parvovirus contact your local vet as soon as possible.