Please make sure to keep your dogs and cats up to date with their annual boosters.
We have seen several cases of parvovirus infection in dogs recently. This is a very nasty virus which causes severe vomitting and diarrhoea in affected dogs. Parvovirus is very stable and can survive in the environment for months so it is very easy for dogs to be exposed. Generally it will take 5 -7 days between contracting the virus and symptoms to develop. Certain breeds of dog are affected more severely than others- including rottweilers, dobermans, labradors and pitbull terriers. Treatment for the infection includes fluid therapy, antibiotics and anti emetics (stops vomitting) . Unfortunately parvovirus cases are difficult to cure and approximately 50-60% of dogs die from the infection.
Vaccination provides 99% protection from parvovirus.
All dogs should be regularly vaccinated for parvovirus as part of their annual booster.
All puppies should receive at least 2 vaccinations which can be started from 6 weeks of age.
Please make sure your dog’s vaccines are up to date. If you’re not sure just call and we will check our records.