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Parvovirus in Townsville

Canine Parvovirus


This is the big dog disease we see in Townsville.

Canine parvovirus can affects dogs of all ages. It is seen more commonly in pups that haven't completed their vaccine course but we also see it in adult dogs that are not up to date with the vaccinations. 

The Parvo virus mainly attacks the intestinal lining causing bloody diarrhoea, vomiting and severe abdominal pain. Left untreated most dogs die and unfortunately, despite intensive vet treatment, some of the affected pets will not make it.

Your dog doesn't have to have direct contact with other dogs to pick up Parvo Virus. The virus can persist in the environment for years and often in rental properties it is unknown if the property is contaminated. The virus can also been brought in to your yard on shoes, clothes etc... Outbreaks do occur regularly in Townsville and surrounding areas so we strongly recommend vaccination.

The most common signs of parvovirus are:

  • Lethargy (being sleepy a lot)
  • Not eating and drinking, or very little
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea which becomes bloody as the dog deteriorates

Parvovirus infection is diagnosed with a special test using a sample of the dog’s faeces. We can have the results in 10 minutes

Treatment in hospital is the recommended course of action. Depending on the severity of the disease the dog may be in hospital for up to a week.

Treatment involves intravenous fluids and lots of medications to help with the vomiting and infections.

Parvovirus disease can be prevented with a course of vaccinations. Please give one of our 4 Paws clinics a ring to book in a vaccination that may save your best mates life.

If you have any concerns that your pup or dog may have parvo virus please give one of the 4 Paws Vet clinics a ring as early diagnosis and treatment may save their life.