Canine Parvovirus Outbreak: Key Information

Canine Parvovirus Outbreak: Key Information

Where is it occurring?

  •  In the last few weeks parvovirus has been reported in Cumbria, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Northumbria and Yorkshire. 
  • Outbreaks are more common in cities and towns where there are higher concentrations of unvaccinated dogs. 
  • It is highly contagious and resistant; virtually anything that comes in contact with a parvovirus infected dog can transmit the virus; including people, grass and inanimate objects. 

Who is at risk?

  • Unvaccinated dogs, including those that haven't had their yearly booster injections. 
  • Parvovirus is particularly dangerous for puppies as they have a developing immune system. 
  • The canine strain of parvovirus cannot be passed onto humans. It is also highly unlikely to infect cats but if you have a dog with parvovirus be cautious about other pets in your home.

Symptom information

  • It can take up to 7 days for a dog to show symptoms.
  • Parvovirus attacks the intestine and prevents vital nutrient absorption.
  • Symptoms include bloody diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy and fever.  

Prevention and Treatment

  • Prevention is much more effective and cheaper than treatment, unfortunately there isn't a cure for parvovirus. 
  • Prevention comes in the form of 3 vaccinations in the first year of a dogs life, followed by booster injections approximately every year.
  • If your dog is displaying symptoms of parvovirus call your vet immediately, dogs with parvovirus need to be hospitalised.
  • Treatment for parvovirus will involve aiding the dogs immune system, preventing dehydration and fighting possible secondary infections with antibiotics. 
  • Dogs with parvovirus will stay on average for 5-7 days in hospital
  • Unfortunately parvovirus is very serious for dogs, even with hospitalisation many won't survive, especially puppies. 

 

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