Parvo virus kills - vaccinate now

2018-03-01 06:00

VETERINARIANS in Jeffreys Bay are seeing a severe outbreak of the killer disease - Parvo virus, known by the public as “katgriep”.

The name is completely incorrect, as it has nothing to do with cats and does not cause symptoms of flu.

The disease affects unvaccinated or poorly vaccinated dogs and causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea. Left untreated dogs will die a painful death.

Young dogs are particularly susceptible and a single vaccination is not enough.

Many people believe that a dog that has had one puppy vaccination will be immune to parvo virus - this is completely incorrect. Puppies need at least two and sometimes three vaccinations to be protected. Young adult dogs that were not properly vaccinated as puppies will contract the disease as well.

Adult dogs that have not been vaccinated for a number of years can also become ill. Even dogs that never leave the premises can pick up the virus, as it spreads extremely easily and lives in the environment for many years.

Treatment involves hospitalisation in an isolation unit with intensive nursing, intravenous fluid and antibiotics and the costs can run into thousands of Rands.

Proper vaccination is imperative and will prevent the disease.


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