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Parvovirus warning

A warning to dog owners that there has been a number of cases of parvovirus detected near the Circular Head area.

Dog owners in Circular Head are urged to beware of the parvovirus disease after a number of cases of were reported in the Wynyard area.

Parvo is a contagious disease that causes bloody diarrhoea and vomiting, which can be fatal to unvaccinated dogs, especially puppies.

It is spread in the faeces of infected dogs, sometimes before symptoms show. The virus is very hardy and can survive for months in the environment and can also spread from contaminated shoes and clothing from people in contact with infected dogs.

Mortality in puppies can be above 80%. Treatment can be expensive and sometimes unrewarding.

Laura Murphy from the Wynyard Veterinary Clinic urged owners to ensure that their dog’s vaccinations are up to date and to contact their vet if they noticed their dog becoming unwell.

"Vomiting and diarrhoea can result from other less serious disease, so visit your vet if in doubt," she said.  

"If purchasing new pups, take care to enquire about the vaccination history and any symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting prior to taking it home.

"It is advisable not to take your puppies to public areas or where known infected dogs have been until two weeks after their last vaccination."