Shire of Ravensthorpe warn dog owners

The Shire of Ravensthorpe have issued a warning to dog owners, after a case of parvovirus was reported in Hopetoun.

The case was first reported by Swans Veterinary Services.

Parvovirus or ‘parvo’ is a highly infectious virus of the gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system.

Although many dogs may not show every clinical sign, the symptoms can include bloody diarrhoea, lethargy, loss of appetite and repeated episodes of vomiting.

The best method of protection against the infection is by vaccinating with premium vaccines.

Puppies receive a vaccination for parvovirus as part of their vaccine regime.

After initial puppy vaccinations, adult dogs require boosters every one to three years depending on the dog's vaccination regime. 

Bitches should be boosted prior to mating to ensure the transfer protective antibodies to the puppies.