Parvo cases on rise

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

VACCINATION BEST: Britta Lomas with Bickie at Raymond Terrace Veterinary Clinic. Picture: Stephen WarkA RAYMOND Terrace veterinary clinic is warning dog owners to ensure their animals’ vaccinations are up to date after noticing a sharp rise in parvovirus cases.

Liz Maslen, practice manager at Raymond Terrace Veterinary Clinic, said at least one case of parvovirus, often simply referred to as parvo, had been presented to them every day for up to three weeks.

“Other vets in the area have also commented on the spike of people ringing up about their dogs that have parvo symptoms,” Ms Maslen said.

Parvo was described by Ms Maslen as a “nasty”, “awful” and “tough” virus that affects dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts.

Initial symptoms of parvo include the dog being lazy and depressed as well as vomiting and diarrhoea followed by bloody diarrhoea and vomiting.

Serious cases can cause death.

The virus is highly infectious with dogs presented to Raymond Terrace Veterinary Clinic with symptoms of parvo from the same area in the town: Troman Parade, Shearman Avenue and Mount Hall Road.

Ms Maslen said the most effective way to combat parvo was for owners to have their four-legged friends fully vaccinated.

“Vaccinations are a lot cheaper than their dog spending days in hospital on a drip,” she said.

“If you’re doubtful about your dog’s vaccination history check with your vet or just get your dog vaccinated, especially if they’re young.”

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