Watch Out! Parvo About!

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Leeton Veterinary Hospital
41 Yanco Avenue
NSW 2705

02 6953 3111
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Parvovirus lives in the environment for very long periods of time and it can strike at anytime. However, this time of year is the worst time with warmer weather & lots of young puppies (being more susceptible to disease) getting around.

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells and when young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problems.

The general symptoms of parvovirus are lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite and a bloody, foul-smelling diarrhoea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration.

Parvovirus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog's faeces. Highly resistant, the virus can live in the environment for years and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. It is common for an unvaccinated puppy or dog to contract parvovirus from the general environment, remember, they don’t need to come into contact with an infected dog to get parvo virus.

Every year we see the devastation of this disease. The loss of lives, the heartbreak of the owners and the anguish of our Leeton Vet team as we watch these sick pups suffer and sometimes die despite our best efforts to care for them.

Prevention is simple with a series of vaccinations. Please vaccinate. It truly can save lives.

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