Geraldton vets seeing spike in parvovirus cases urge pet owners to get their dogs vaccinated

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
Sanford Veterinary Clinic's Dr Jessie Johnson with the healthy and happy dog Mackeral.
Camera IconSanford Veterinary Clinic's Dr Jessie Johnson with the healthy and happy dog Mackeral. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

Geraldton veterinarians are urging pet owners to ensure their dogs are vaccinated against parvovirus, with one clinic forced to put several animals down recently because of the deadly illness.

Sanford Veterinary Clinic has seen a rise in parvovirus cases in the past several weeks, with Dr Jessie Johnson attributing the increase to recent rainfall.

Dr Johnson said most dogs presenting with the virus recently could not be saved.

“This is particularly due to either the fact that they are so unwell that they potentially can’t be saved, or because treatment costs are very expensive due to the dog having to stay in hospital in a special isolation ward with isolation nursing care, plus checks throughout the day and the cost of medications,” she said.

“It is imperative pet owners keep up to date with their dogs’ vaccinations.

“It is generally quite a preventable disease so it is really sad that we are still seeing a lot of cases of it due to the fact that not all dogs are vaccinated.

“If dog owners are able to keep on top of it, hopefully we will be able to keep those case numbers down.”

While puppies were particularly susceptible to getting sick, Dr Johnson said adult dogs could also be infected by parvovirus.

“Puppies are more prone because they generally haven’t completed their vaccination course ... but definitely dogs that haven’t had vaccinations before or if they have lapsed for a number of years, then they are at risk as well because their immunity has reduced,” she said.

Sanford Veterinary Clinic's Dr Jessie Johnson with the healthy and happy dog Mackeral.
Camera IconSanford Veterinary Clinic's Dr Jessie Johnson with the healthy and happy dog Mackeral. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

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