Warning for dog and puppy owners - Are your pet's vaccinations up to date?

We are warning all pet owners to make sure your dogs are up to date with vaccinations. We have seen an increase in canine parvovirus cases in the Perth metropolitan area. This disease is highly contagious and tends to favour hot and humid conditions although can be found in the canine community throughout the year. Dogs that are particularly susceptible to parvovirus are young puppies and dogs that have not had their vaccination boosters.

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Adult dogs generally require a booster vaccination every year, however it is critical that puppies are vaccinated and do not go outside until their full course of booster vaccinations is complete. Parvovirus is especially severe in puppies - with death in approximately 80 per cent of cases untreated.

Common signs of canine parvovirus are severe vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. If your pet has any of these symptoms, isolate your dog from other pets immediately and contact us as soon as possible.

If your pet has had a vaccination at Vetwest Animal Hospitals you will receive a reminder postcard by mail before your pet is due. If you have changed your mailing address or are concerned about your pet's next due date please contact us by email at [email protected] or contact your local Vetwest hospital.