Vets warn NSW dog owners of parvovirus outbreak
2012-04-24 22:00:00 -0700
Where: New South Wales, Australia
Veterinarians are warning dog and puppy owners in New South Wales to make sure their pets are up to date with their vaccinations as a new wave of parvovirus circulates the area.
Dr. Tess Guilfoyle, incoming president of the Queensland Division of the Australian Veterinary Association said there had been a significant increase in dogs and puppies with canine parvovirus being presented to veterinary practices.
"Young puppies and dogs that have never been vaccinated are particularly susceptible to the effects of this virus. Even some adult dogs may need a booster if the virus has not challenged their immune system in recent years," she said.
There have been 167 cases of canine parvovirus recorded on Disease Watchdog, Australia’s national companion animal disease surveillance system. Close to 100 cases have been reported in Queensland and NSW alone in the last six weeks.
"This disease has been generally thought to be a seasonal spring and summer disease, however in recent years cases have been recorded well into autumn and it appears the trend is continuing this year," Guilfoyle said.
Guilfoyle said the virus can be especially severe in puppies with death in around 80% of untreated cases.
"Common signs of canine parvovirus are severe vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. If your pet has any of these symptoms you should see your local vet straight away," she said.
Read more about Canine Parvovirus Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention.