Nowra area vets to host vaccination blitz

Nowra and district vet hospitals are joining forces to run a parvovirus vaccination blitz.

A recent outbreak of the fatal disease in Nowra has prompted the veterinarians to conduct the pop-up clinic, which will be held on Wednesday, January 11 at Lyrebird Park from 9am to 4pm.

The cost is $20 per vaccination.

If your dog is unwell, call your vet. Do not attend the clinic.

For more information contact Bomaderry Veterinary Hospital on 4421 3133.

What is canine parvovirus?

Parvovirus is a severe and highly contagious disease in dogs. The virus affects the intestinal tract, causing diarrhoea and vomiting that may ultimately be life-threatening.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of parvovirus usually appear between three to seven days after infection, with death occurring as early as two to three days after the onset of symptoms. Symptoms include fever, weight loss, vomiting, and diarrhoea, loss of appetite and lethargy.

How do you prevent canine parvovirus?

You can protect your dog from parvovirus by ensuring it is up-to-date with its vaccinations.

As the virus is shed in copious amounts in the faeces, and can survive in the environment for long periods of time, it would be best to keep puppies that are not fully vaccinated away from dog parks or public areas where other dogs might roam.

If your dog has contracted parvovirus, it is essential to isolate it from other animals in the household to prevent the spread of the disease, and to wash your hands and clothes after contact with it or its faeces.

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