Outbreak Warning - Alice Springs & Katherine
Parvoviral infection must be considered as a possibility in any young dog with vomiting and/or diarrhoea, or any adult dog that is overdue for vaccination with similar symptoms. There have been reports of the new viral strain 2c infecting dogs that have previously been vaccinated but are overdue. We urge all dog owners to get their animals vaccinated for this disease. Prevention is far better and cheaper than treatment for this horrible disease. Regular vaccination ensures that your dog is protected.
Additionally, it is possible for cats to contract the new 2c strain, so we urge owners to ensure their cats are up to date with their vaccinations too.
Please note: Parvovirus poses no viral risk to humans, horses and livestock
What is Parvovirus?
Parvovirus attacks the rapidly dividing cells of the gut lining and immune system resulting in bloody diarrhoea and immunosuppression. The infected dog then becomes severely dehydrated through water loss and septic from bacterial superinfections. Parvoviral infection must be considered as a possibility in any young dog with vomiting and/or diarrhoea. It should also be noted that sometimes the dog may not show signs of vomiting or diarrhoea, and may just be inappetent and flat. If unsure, it is always better to have your dog checked as early treatment increases the chance of survival.
How is it spread?
It is then, very easy for someone to walk through these areas and pick the virus on their shoes or clothing and spread it further. Dogs walking through these contaminated areas can pick it up on their feet and when they lick or clean their feet, they then can become infected with this virus.
How long is it between exposure to the virus and signs of infection?
Can Parvovirus infection be treated?
Home treatment for parvo infection is a bad idea when compared to hospitalisation and intensive care. The death rate rises substantially, and the profuse diarrhoea and vomiting will lead to heavy viral contamination in the home. Without proper treatment, a dog can become weak, septic and eventually will die.