Warning: Parvovirus in Murray Bridge

Happy and healthy: Murray Bridge Vetinary Clinic nurse Kelsey Gepp is pictured with 12 month old labrador, Betty.

Happy and healthy: Murray Bridge Vetinary Clinic nurse Kelsey Gepp is pictured with 12 month old labrador, Betty.

DOG owners are being reminded to check their four-legged pals are up-to-date with their vaccinations.

The Murray Bridge Veterinary Clinic issued a warning to all dog owners in the Murraylands this month, regarding a recent outbreak of canine parvovirus in the area.

The clinic took to social media to alert residents that its staff has had to treat positive canine parvovirus cases, warning against the spread of the virus if dogs were not protected with the vaccine.

"These dogs may have been visiting public areas including dog parks, walking tracks and other public places, as well as friends' houses who have had positive canine parvo cases, which could lead to community transmission between dogs who are unvaccinated," the business stated.

"Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious and very serious viral infection that attacks a dog's immune system. It is passed from dog to dog via the faeces.

The clinic said the virus could live in almost any environment for long periods of time, including soil, carpets, a dog's food bowls and timber floors.

The virus can cause serious damage to your dog's health, and sadly can cause death."

"Remember, your dogs' only protection to parvo, is by a simple vaccination."

The clinic warned symptoms of parvo include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dehydration
  • Weight Loss
  • Weakness/lethargy

Murray Bridge Veterinary Clinic practice manager Jacqui Kempe said any unvaccinated dog was at risk and urged owners to check their pet's vaccinations were up-to-date.

"It is important for young dogs to complete their primary vaccination course and then follow up with their next vaccination 12 months later to keep protected from parvo," she said.

- Details: Murray Bridge Veterinary Clinic clients can to check their pet's records to make sure they are covered and up-to-date by emailing mbvet@lm.net.au.