Some very upsetting news broke late last week as six dogs died as a result of being unvaccinated and contracting parvovirus.
The disease is highly contagious, so it spreads quickly and unfortunately in 90% of cases is fatal. We are urging all dog owners to make sure their vaccinations are up to date. If you are in any doubt please book an appointment now and make sure your pet is vaccinated and help us to stop this terrible disease from spreading further.
It is possible to book an appointment in any of our 3 Dublin vet clinics: Stillorgan, Deansgrange and Dun Laoghaire.
Our Dun Laoghaire vet is open 7 days a week if Sunday is more convenient.
Recent Parvo Outbreak
It is quite unusual to see such an outbreak and is extremely worrying. It appears that all the cases have originated in the city centre of Limerick where the dogs have been walking on greens and in parks where they have come into contact with one another.
Parvovirus can move from dog to dog at a rapid pace and spread like wildfire much the same way flu or a common cold does with people.
The virus is also highly resistant and can live on it the environment for months. Any person or animal who comes into contact with it can pass it along to an unvaccinated dog. It is passed on through vomit or faeces of an infected dog or fox.
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What are the Symptoms of Parvovirus?
Often vets and pet owners see the following symptoms:
- Severe Vomiting
- Loss of Appetite
These symptoms lead to life-threatening dehydration.
The virus aggressively attacks blood cells in the dog which severely upsets the intestinal tract. Parvo also attacks white blood cells and causes damage to the heart.
Protect Your Pet – Get Vaccinated
Vaccinations are lifesaving for your dog. The risks associated with them are extremely low and when compared to a horrible disease like parvo there is no comparison.
The core dog vaccines protect your pet against:
- Caine Parvovirus (CPV).
- Caine Leptospirosis.
- Caine Cough.
- Distemper Hepatitis and Canine Parainfluenza Virus (CPi).
Get in Touch
If you think your pet is suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, do not hesitate to contact us.
Alternatively, if you would like to discuss a vaccination plan or book your pet in for their annual boosters please get in touch with a member of our team who answer all your questions.
We would urge you to please pass this new story on to any fellow dog owners you know so that they can make sure their own pets stay safe and healthy.