Second parvo shot essential
FRASER Coast dog owners are being urged to ensure their dogs and puppies are fully vaccinated against the parvo virus after a spate of cases around Qld.
Maryborough vet Carolyn Hatton said the Maryborough Veterinary Service had seen two confirmed cases of parvo in recent weeks.
Dr Hatton said the community had to ensure all dogs received their needles at 16 weeks to ensure they were immune to the virus rather than assuming dogs were fully immunised after being vaccinated at six weeks.
“That seems to be where most people fall down,” she said.
Dr Hatton said if a dog was immunised at 16 weeks there was a “very good chance” they were fully protected from the virus.
Sheyne Horton from Bayview Veterinary Service agreed, saying adult dogs that had been immunised properly were almost 100% protected from the virus.
Puppies were most vulnerable to the virus, Dr Horton said.
The virus spreads through infected faeces and can linger in the ground for up to two years.
Dogs that become infected with the virus had a 50-50 chance of surviving, Dr Horton said.
The two main symptoms of parvo, which is a gastro-intestinal virus, are vomiting and diarrhoea but before those symptoms are apparent the dog may seem depressed or lacking in energy.
The dog may also exhibit a lack of appetite or a fever.
The virus itself can not be treated but vets use supportive therapies to prevent secondary infections and keep dogs hydrated.