RSPCA shelter manager Rebecca Brazier with Jill an Australian Stumpy tail cattle dog cross staffy puppy.
RSPCA shelter manager Rebecca Brazier with Jill an Australian Stumpy tail cattle dog cross staffy puppy. Renee Pilcher

Pups at risk of Parvo

RSPCA Qld is warning all dog owners, puppy owners in particular, to make certain their pets are vaccinated for the Parvo virus.

Gympie's RSPCA shelter manager Rebecca Brazier said Parvo was one of the worst things an unvaccinated puppy could contract and it could take 24 hours for them to die.

“We're seeing more cases than ever this season,” RSPCA Qld's Senior Veterinarian Dr Anne Chester said.

“We urge owners to make certain their dog's vaccinations are up to date and everyone who introduced a new puppy into the family at Christmas to keep the puppy at home until it is fully vaccinated. The Parvo virus can live in the ground for up to two years so it is extremely resilient and contagious.”

Ms Brazier said all the RSPCA's dogs were vaccinated against the virus.

Gympie Veterinary Services said they hadn't seen a spike in Parvo cases this year.

A spokesperson said they had seen a couple of dogs with the condition but there had been more with ticks than normal over the last couple of weeks, due to wet weather.

A spokesperson from Bent Street Veterinary Surgery said ticks had been a “problem” over the last couple of weeks and also put it down to the weather.

“They come out a lot more in the hotter weather especially after rain,” they said.

To keep on top of ticks use some form of prevention and regular treatments, in addition to a tick collar. And check your animal regularly.

Gympie Times


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