Protecting your dog from Parvovirus

This month we have seen a rise in the cases of Parvovirus, a nasty virus that is a serious threat to dogs. While we have spoken about this horrible disease previously, we want our community to be aware of the recent rise in numbers of locally affected dogs.

Protecting your dog from Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious and deadly virus that can be transmitted by direct or indirect contact with affected faeces. Puppies who have not completed the course of vaccines or unvaccinated young adult dogs are mostly affected by this illness, however it can be seen in senior dogs. Dogs suffering from Parvovirus show any of the following symptoms:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomitting
  • Diarrhoea (then bloody diarrhoea)
  • Weight loss
  • Off food

If you are hesitant to vaccinate your dog but want to know whether your dog is protected against parvovirus, there is titre testing available. Titre testing is an annual blood test that shows the level of parvovirus antibodies in your dog’s immune system. If you would like to know more about titre testing please contact our clinic to discuss the best treatment option for your pup!

If your dog has not had a vaccination (or titre test) within the last year or is showing any of the above symptoms, please contact our clinic and speak to one of our nurses. You can also book an appointment online.