Jan 08 2016

Parvovirus alert!

We wish to advise you that we have confirmed an increased number of parvovirus cases in pet dogs living in our area.

Although Parvo is not a new disease, it is a very contagious virus that can cause a high rate of fatalities in unprotected dogs.

Since it is quite resistant in the environment, dogs can easily get infected without direct contact and we can carry it on our shoes or clothes. It can survive approximately 1 month on indoor surfaces, 7 months outside sometimes longer. Freezing does not affect it and not all household disinfectants can eliminate it.

The symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea that may be bloody, lethargy and weakness. Severe and rapid dehydration as well as secondary infections must be treated aggressively in order to maximize the chances of recovery.

With proper care, we can hope to save about 75% of cases, but this usually means an average hospital stay of 5 to 7 days, with intensive care.

The most effective way to protect our dogs is through proper vaccination.

Puppies need to receive vaccines (shots) until the protection given by the mother’s milk stops interfering. This means that we recommend vaccinating every 2 to 4 weeks starting at 6 weeks and at least twice after the age of 9 weeks.

A booster is needed a year later and every 3 years thereafter.

If you are not certain that your dog has been adequately protected, MAKE A FREE APPOINTMENT WITH ONE OF OUR NURSESwho will be happy to review your records and determine if boosters are indicated, inform you on any preventable disease you should be aware of in our area and establish a personalized health plan for your pet.

mflynn | Pet Care, Safety

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