We would like to make everyone aware that areas around Perth are currently experiencing a higher level of Canine Parvovirus cases than normal. Cases have been reported in the City of Wanneroo, Armadale surrounds, Kwinana and more.
Canine parvovirus is a disease that can affect dogs of all ages, however, young puppies and unvaccinated dogs are most susceptible to infection and life-threatening consequences. Your dog can acquire the infection from their surroundings, with the virus lasting up to 12 months in the environment. Common signs of parvovirus infection include vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and inappetence. Many dogs die within days of contracting the virus or have to be euthanased as a result.
The most effective way of preventing your dog from getting Parvovirus is to make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date. If you have recently welcomed a puppy or young dog into your home, please discuss with your veterinarian at their 10-12 week vaccination or next consultation any further booster vaccinations recommended during this time. Adult dogs should have a booster every year as recommended by your vet, to ensure adequate protection.
If your adult dog is overdue for their annual vaccination, please ring your vet to get their immunisations up to date. Although vaccinations are not 100% protective, it is the most effective means of preventing disease. Failing to vaccinate against this disease is the leading cause of preventable death from parvovirus disease in dogs.
If your dog is showing any of the above signs that may indicate infection, please take them to your vet as soon as possible.