What is canine parvovirus?

Canine parvovirus infection is a relatively new disease that first appeared in 1978. Parvovirus, or parvo as we sometimes refer to it, is a highly infectious virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular systems of dogs.

Young puppies and dogs that have not been vaccinated are particularly susceptible to the effects of this virus.

The death rate in young non-vaccinated puppies can be greater than 80 per cent.

Common signs

Common signs of parvo-affected puppies include initial tiredness and not wanting to play. The next signs will include vomiting, followed by very foul smelling dysentery or diarrhoea.

Without early veterinary attention many of these puppies will die. It is vital that you seek veterinary advice early for best outcomes

Detailed information about parvovirus outbreaks is available from the DISEASE WATCHDOG, an on line database of companion animal diseases, launched by Virbac Animal Health last month.

The AVA regularly issues media releases to alert the public when there's a spate of parvovirus cases in their area.

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