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
- 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