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SPCA Tshwane said this week was notable increases in canine parvovirus infections during the spring and summer months.
Complaints should have their first vaccination for six weeks of age with two other vaccinations thereafter in nine to 12 weeks to avoid infection, said veteran Tshwane SPCA, Dr Marianna Bergh.
What is the canine parvovirus?
Canine parvovirus is an extremely infectious disease that spreads easily from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their cattle.
Bergh said that dogs could be infected via oral contact with canine pharvovirus in faecal, soil or infected ditch – objects or substances that can carry infectious organisms.
"The virus assault splits rapidly like cells such as the lymph nodes, the bowel lining and the bone marrow," he said.
This results in the lack of white blood cells necessary to the operating immune system, delaying the recovery of infected puppets.
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He said that the rapid death of the bowel cells had resulted in a breakdown of the colon, colon, intestinal diarrhea and intestinal bleeding.
"This can eventually lead to the death of your puppy if it is not treated."
What are the symptoms to look for?
– bloody diarrhea
What can a dog owner do if they suspect their dog is infected?
Bergh said that dog owners should immediately take their dog to a vet if they suspect parvovirus.
"The prognosis for a dog with parvo is improving if the treatment is started early."
He stated that statistics were not readily available as some owners did not seek medical attention for their pets, it was noted that the number of canine parvovirus cases appeared in the spring and summer and was rejected during the winter.
How can dog owners protect their pets from the virus?
The only way to stop parvovirus is by vaccination.
"Your vet will assess your dog on their first visit and will give you dates for the subsequent vaccinations."
Dog vaccines are usually vaccinated annually, including for the parvovirus.
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"If you have a complaint with pharvofeirus, care should be taken when introducing new puppies to your environment as the parvovirus remains in the environment for long periods.
"With pharvovirus, like with many other viruses that affect dogs, prevention is better than improving," said Bergh.
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