Parvo out in force

Deadly parvo is out in full force. We have had a spike in the number of cases in Gunnedah and surrounding areas. Unfortunately this outbreak is typical of the autumn/winter period, however many people are still choosing not to vaccinate their dogs.

The general symptoms of this terrible disease are lethargy, off food, vomiting and foul smelling diarrhoea which can be bloody. It is contr…acted by having an unvaccinated animal come into contact with infected faeces from a dog that had the disease. The virus can survive in the environment for years and can survive on objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet, dirt and grass.

If your young animal has not had its full course of puppy vaccinations, or is not up to date with its annual vaccination, it is at a much greater risk of contracting parvovirus. Please do not take unvaccinated dogs out in public areas such as the river, parks or footpaths as these are very easy ways to contract the disease.

Furthermore, please vaccinate your dogs! It is extremely uncommon for a properly vaccinated dog to contract parvovirus. The take home message is vaccination is cheaper than hospital care. There is no cure. We can only offer supportive care which can become very expensive and unfortunately many dogs will still not survive.

Recommended vaccination protocols vary, but at Gunnedah Veterinary Hospital the vaccination protocol is:

  • 1st puppy vaccination 6-8 weeks
  • 2nd puppy vaccination 12 weeks
  • 3rd puppy vaccination 16 weeks
  • Then yearly boosters for all dogs.

If you are unsure about your dog’s vaccination status, or would like to ask a question or book an appointment, please call our friendly staff at Gunnedah Vet Hospital on 6742 1834.