** NEW PARVOVIRUS STRAIN **
A new strain of Canine Parvovirus (CPV) has been identified in South Australia & Victoria earlier this year (2017).
The new strain, CPV-2c, has been spreading around the world, but previously NO cases had been confirmed in Australia, until now.
More investigation and research is being undertaken currently to help us understand this new strain and help us protect our pooches.
What you need to know:
CPV-2c causes haemorrhagic enteritis (sudden vomiting and bloody diarrhoea), much like the old strain.
In-clinic testing kits are able to detect this new strain but some false negatives have been recorded for which further testing is required.
CPV-2c is highly contagious and can live in the outside environment fo up to 8 months!
According to the Australian Veterinary Association it is expected that the current parvovirus vaccine will provide adequate protection against CPV-2c.
Dogs vaccinated against Parvovirus can still contract the new strain, however the symptoms are milder than in un-vaccinated dogs.
If your dog is showing any one or more of the following signs please call us immediately
- decreased appetite
If we suspect your dog may have contracted Parvovirus we have special and extensive infection control precautions in place to stop disease spread.
** PUPPIES: Please DO NOT take your pup to dog parks or other areas where they may be at risk of contracting the virus until they have finished their entire course of puppy vaccinations!
PARVOVIRUS CAN BE FATAL IN UN-VACCINATED DOGS, ESPECIALLY PUPPIES!
It is now even more important to ensure your dog is up to date with their vaccinations.
Please dont hesitate to call our friendly staff to check your dogs vaccination status on 9744 3611
Vaccination has revolutionised control of infectious disease in our pets. It is essential that all pets are adequately vaccinated to help protect the pet population as a whole. Responsible pet care requires puppies to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult dogs require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease.
Puppies are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first few months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary in a puppy.
Adult Dog Vaccination
The immunity from puppy vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations, as required, will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.
A Guide to Dog Vaccination
We routinely vaccinate puppies to protect them against parvovirus, hepatitis, distemper and kennel cough (parainfluenza and bordetella). This is called a C5 vaccination. Pups get an initial vaccination at 6-8 weeks of age, then boosters at 12-14 weeks and 16-18 weeks. Thereafter annual boosters are required. Each vaccination also includes a complete health examination which allows early detection of disease and provides an opportunity to discuss any problems you may have with your dog.
A new type of vaccination is now available for parvovirus, distemper and hepatitis which only needs to be given once every 3 years. We are now routinely using this vaccine. Annual boosters are still required for kennel cough (and Proheart injections if using this for heartworm).
After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your dog may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.
Please give us a call to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your pet puppy or dog.
INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF DOGS THAT WE VACCINATE AGAINST
Canine parvovirus is a disease that affects dogs of all ages but is most serious in young pups and older dogs. The virus attacks the intestines causing bloodstained diarrhoea, uncontrollable vomiting and severe abdominal pain. Dogs often die from severe dehydration despite intensive veterinary care.
It is not necessary to have direct contact with other dogs for the disease to be spread. The virus is so persistent that the infected dog’s environment needs to be cleaned with a potent disinfectant to prevent spread to other dogs. Outbreaks occur regularly throughout Australia, especially in summer.
Canine distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that can affect dogs of any age with young puppies being at highest risk.
Symptoms vary but can include fever, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and depression. Muscle tremors, fits and paralysis usually occur later in the disease. Treatment is usually ineffective and the recovery rate very low. Dogs that do recover may have permanent brain damage.
Canine hepatitis is a viral disease which, like distemper is extremely contagious and often fatal. Dogs of any age can become infected, however severe cases are rare in dogs over two years of age.
Symptoms include high fever, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and acute abdominal pain. In severe cases death can occur within 24 to 36 hours. Dogs that recover may develop long term liver and kidney problems and can act as carriers spreading the disease to other dogs for many months.
Canine cough is a condition produced by several highly infectious diseases, which can be easily spread wherever dogs congregate, such as parks, shows, obedience schools and boarding kennels. Among the infectious agents associated with canine cough is the bacterium known as Bordetella bronchiseptica and the canine viruses parainfluenza, adenovirus type 2 and distemper.
Affected dogs have a dry hacking cough which can persist for several weeks. It is distressing for pet dogs and their owners. It is a major problem for working and sporting dogs. Pneumonia can occasionally be a consequence of infection.