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Australian Dogs Under Threat from Parvovirus

27 November 2015

AUSTRALIA - The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is calling on owners to make sure their pets are up to date with their vaccinations with the number of parvovirus cases on the rise in New South Wales.

President of the AVA, Dr Robert Johnson said that many pets’ lives are put at risk because they haven’t had the vaccinations they need to protect them from parvovirus.

“Young puppies and dogs that have never been vaccinated are susceptible to the virus with death in around 80 per cent of untreated cases.

“There’s a simple solution to preventing dogs from contracting the disease.

“All puppies from six weeks of age should be vaccinated against parvovirus and other canine diseases. Follow up vaccinations are required and your vet can advise on what’s best in your area.

“Parvovirus is highly contagious and is spread by oral or nasal contact with contaminated faeces in the environment or contaminated objects. It’s extremely resistant in the environment and can survive on objects like clothing, shoes and the floor for five months or longer,” Dr Johnson said.

According to Disease Watchdog, vets across New South Wales have recorded more than 90 cases over the last few months.

Hot spots include Cowra (6), Tumbarumba (7), Wagga Wagga and surrounds (11), Narrabri (22) and Orange (4).

“We’ve also received reports of cases from vets in the Batemans Bay and Moruya region, were cases of parvovirus are normally low.”

“If your dog shows signs of lethargy, vomiting or diarrhoea, seek veterinary attention immediately. Early treatment is essential in improving the chance of survival.”

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