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Why You Should Vaccinate your Dog!

Parvovirus (Parvo) is a common infection affecting dogs.  We have recently seen some cases in young dogs, so we are advising everyone to be on the lookout for this nasty infection.  We recommend vaccination of all dogs for this disease, especially puppies. 

Signs of the disease are: vomiting, diarrhoea, collapse, intestinal bleeding and sometimes death.  The symptoms start 5-12 days after exposure to the virus, and the diarrhoea may not start until1-2 days after the vomiting.  It can be hard to tell with young puppies if they are affected as they do develop vomiting and diarrhoea from all sorts of reasons, so a veterinary check is always the best idea.

If they are to survive dogs usually always need intensive veterinary care with IV fluids, and unfortunately despite all treatment efforts some do not.  Prevention by vaccinating is much better (and cheaper) than trying to cure it.

Parvovirus is very persistent in the environment so it is difficult to prevent exposure.  It can last for years, and this is why we recommend all dogs be vaccinated.  Ideally we recommend puppies receive vaccinations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age or earlier if considered at risk. Adult dogs should also be vaccinated, especially if they are on farms or in isolated situations.  Annual boosters are recommended.  Dogs undergoing the vaccination course must be kept away from public areas, parks, the lake and dog exercise areas, as they are not fully protected until 10-14 days after their final vaccination.

Don’t forget, if you are planning on going away over the summer you need to have your cat or dog vaccinated to leave them at a boarding facility.  Some animals will require two doses, 3-4 weeks apart, so you need to do these now to ensure your pet is ready for the holidays.

If you have any questions about Parvovirus or any other vaccinations please phone us for more information 0800 VETPlus.

Jan with Puppy

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