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Parvovirus in Dogs

With summer over, hot, humid weather may be on the decrease, but parvovirus is here to stay. A deadly infection, RSPCA hospitals all over the state are seeing cases every day, especially in young unvaccinated puppies.

"Parvovirus is a viral infection that causes vomiting and profuse bloody diarrhoea leading to dehydration," said RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian, Dr Magdoline Awad. "Dogs that show these signs must be taken immediately to a veterinarian. If excessive fluid loss occurs then severe shock and death result."

The dogs that are at greater risk of contracting parvovirus are young puppies and unvaccinated dogs.

Highly contagious, the virus can survive up to a year in the environment and favours hot, humid conditions. "We often see outbreaks of pavovirus occuring after these weather patterns. At our RSPCA hospitals, we are currently seeing an influx of dogs with parvovirus, especially unvaccinated young puppies," said Dr Awad.

The best way to protect your puppy fom this deadly disease is through vaccination. The RSPCA recommends that puppies are restricted from public, outdoor areas until the entire series of puppy vaccinations are complete. You can have your puppy vaccinated at any one of our vet hospitals. FIND YOUR CLOSET VET SERVICES.

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