Also known as Cat Flu/ Katgriep

Important facts

  • Parvovirus is not transmitted by cats
  • This is a preventable disease
  • This disease is highly contagious
  • Mostly a virus affecting puppies, but cases of older unvaccinated dogs have been reported positive for Canine Parvovirus

How did my puppy get Parvovirus

A positive puppy will shed virus particles in their faeces. These virus particles are very stable. They can withstand and is resistant to adverse climate conditions and disinfectants.
These virus particles can stay persistent in the soil for many years Unvaccinated puppies will then contract the virus by coming into contact with the infected soil, and as soon as the puppy ingests the virus (licking paws) they will start showing Parvovirus signs. Puppies will also become infected if the come in contact with other vomites. Vomites are anything that “carries” the virus. We as humans are one of the major vomites when it comes to parvovirus

Signs and symptoms to look out for

  • Depressed and lethargic
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea – in severe cases the diarrhoea will be red and have a very foul smell

How to prevent my puppy getting Parvovirus

Puppies can receive their first vaccination at 6 weeks of age, and must then receive two follow up vaccination at the age of 10 weeks and 14 weeks.
This series of vaccinations will enable the animal to build up an immunity Yearly booster vaccinations are then necessary to maintain this immunity.

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