There have been 200 cases of canine parvovirus recorded in the last six weeks
Veterinarians are warning dog and puppy owners to make sure their pets are up to date with their vaccinations as another wave of parvovirus circulates in areas of Queensland.
Dr Tess Guilfoyle, president of the Queensland Division of the Australian Veterinary Association said there had been a significant increase in dogs and puppies with canine parvovirus being presented to veterinary practices.
“Young puppies and dogs that have never been vaccinated are particularly susceptible to the effects of this virus. Even some adult dogs may need a booster if the virus has not challenged their immune system in recent years.”
“Common signs of canine parvovirus are severe vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. If your pet has any of these symptoms you should see your local vet straight away,” she said.
There have been 200 cases of canine parvovirus recorded in the last six weeks on Disease Watchdog, Australia’s national companion animal disease surveillance system.
More than half of these cases have been reported in Queensland alone.
“This disease has been generally thought to be a seasonal spring and summer disease, however in recent years cases have been recorded in cooler months and it appears the trend is continuing this year,” Dr Guilfoyle said.
Areas where there appears to be a higher disease risk at present include Brisbane, Gympie, Sarina and West Mackay as well as other coastal areas of Queensland.
Dr Guilfoyle said that the virus can be especially severe in puppies with death in around 80 per cent of untreated cases.
For further information about the most suitable vaccination program for your dog contact your local veterinarian.
Information about parvovirus outbreaks came from the Disease Watchdog, an online database of companion animal diseases hosted by Virbac Animal Health. More information can be found at: www.diseasewatchdog.org.
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is the national professional association of veterinary surgeons in Australia.
Founded in 1921, the AVA today represents 6800 members working in all areas of animal science, health and welfare.