Pups At Risk Of Parvo

Pups At Risk Of Parvo

A recent outbreak of parvovirus in Orange has seen thousands of dogs being treated for the potentially deadly infection, with puppies and young dogs being the most at risk.

Parvo was discovered in Australia in 1979 , and is a highly contagious virus that attacks the dogs gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system – in other words it’s pretty serious, and kills 25 per cent of all dogs who catch it.

It is spread through direct or indirect contact with infected feces and urine, and is an extremely hardy virus which can remain in an area for up to three years. This means even if your dog doesn’t directly come into contact with another, they can still be at risk. This can include the owner treading in an infected area and not cleaning their shoes with high level disinfectant.

Puppies and young dogs are highly susceptible to Parvo, due to their juvenile immune system, which is less capable of fighting off the virus.

However, if you are a dog owner, there are preventative measures you can take to ensure your beloved pooch doesn’t get sick.

Earlier this week the Grassroots Technology team spoke to Orange Vet Lauren Tardiani, who told us that immunization is crucial to preventing the contraction and spread of the illness.

The vaccine works much like most viral inoculations, and delivers an inactive strand of the virus to the dog, so its immune system can learn how to defend itself against the real thing.

This is usually done two to three times when the dogs are puppies, and booster shots are available every subsequent year.

If your dog is displaying signs or symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite, take them to the vet immediately.

For more information on this story live stream the Grassroots program on seeseeeye.csu.edu.au and follow the links.

Click here to see an extended interview with Vet, Lauren Tardiani

Photography by Caitlin Dickson, Technology Reporter

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