The Animal Welfare Society is warning dog owners to be extra careful, as there has been a notable increase in parvovirus cases.
The canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. It spreads through the faeces of infected dogs and is often fatal. Common symptoms of an infected dog include vomiting, diarrhea (with a very distinct smell), lethargy, and loss of appetite.
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PARVOVIRUS IS ON A HIGH IN CAPE TOWN
The virus is so potent that it is able to be carried and transmitted by unwitting third party vectors via the soles of their shoes or clothing. All dogs and puppies are at risk regardless of demographics, and all pet owners are strongly urged to vaccinate their pets and to be extra vigilant.
Any dog or puppy displaying any symptoms or that appears to be ‘off colour’ should be seen by a veterinarian without delay. A snap-test will quickly confirm whether or not the pet has parvovirus.