If you suspect your dog has parvovirus, bring them into your vet ASAP.
This summer has seen confirmed cases of parvovirus in Ireland, a viral infection which affects canines. This virus can be extremely contagious and fatal if it goes untreated, so it's good for dog owners to be aware of it and its symptoms.
According to the Irish Mirror, MyVet have reported an increase in parvovirus cases in their surgeries in Dublin and Kildare. Puppies who are yet to have their full round of vaccinations are at a particularly high risk.
Lead Veterinarian at MyVet Shauna Quinn says this of the virus:
"Parvovirus can have quite a severe impact on affected dogs and can impact dogs of all breeds and age. The virus can spread through direct contact or infected faeces and affected dogs can even spread the virus after recovery for up to eight weeks."
For this reason, it's important to be aware of the signs of parvovirus in your dog.
- Lack of appetite
Vaccination is the best method of parvovirus prevention. Fluids are generally used to treat dogs suffering from parvovirus, to make up for the vomiting and diarrhoea, but unfortunately it is still often fatal.
According to MSD Animal Health:
"Some of the vaccines on the market reduce clinical signs and mortality due to parvovirus, but they do not prevent shedding after infection occurs – this means the animal will still excrete the virus into the environment."
If you suspect your dog has parvovirus, make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible. A test will pick up the virus instantly, and if your dog tests positive treatment can begin immediately.
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