Protect your dog from parvo

PET owners are being encouraged to ensure their pet's vaccinations are current following a recent increase in parvovirus.

Logan City Council, together with the Combined Vets of Logan City, have issued a Disease Alert for the city in relation to the highly infectious and often fatal disease of dogs.

Councillor Graham Able (Division 5) said dog owners needed to be aware of the virus and its symptoms following an outbreak in the state's south-east.

"Puppies, unvaccinated dogs or dogs that have not had the parvovirus booster shot are the most susceptible to contracting this highly contagious and often deadly virus, however dogs of any age or breed can be infected," Cr Able said.

"Parvovirus is contagious to dogs only - it does not affect cats or humans.

"The main source of the virus is from the faeces of infected dogs.

"The virus can remain active for months on contaminated objects or in soil meaning a dog does not have to have had contact with another dog to become infected."

Cr Able urged residents to ensure that their pet's vaccinations were up-to-date, especially young puppies, and warned owners against buying vaccines without prescriptions over the internet.

"Prevention is more important than the cure in the case of parvovirus so if people have concerns about their dog's health they should contact their local vet immediately for advice," Cr Able said.

Symptoms to look out for include: loss of appetite, depression, lethargy, abdominal pain, fever, vomiting and foul smelling diarrhoea (with or without blood).

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