Parvo Virus

Parvo – a killer dog virus caused deaths in epidemic proportion in the Manuwatu during May this year.

There is only one way to prevent a dog catching Parvo and that is by vaccination. The mortality rate in puppies who catch Parvo is significantly higher.

Regular worming also helps a lot. The virus lies around and can therefore be picked up in many places like the park you walk your dog in.

The symptoms that might signal Parvo are:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Salivating
  • Depression
  • Bloody diarrhea

Once symptoms appear it is best to get your dog to a vet, although it will not guarantee your dog will survive.

– Virginia Williams and Bert Westera

 

Yearly vaccinations cost around $30. That’s a small price to pay for your best friend.