The highly infectious viral illness, canine parvovirus infection (CPV) has been identified as the cause of death for eight dogs in Worcestershire.
Dog wardens covering the county are concerned about the number of strays they have picked up with the canine parvovirus infection (CPV) this year alone.
Signs & Symptoms of Parvo in Dogs
Parvo, as it is known, takes on two forms – intestinal parvo and cardiac, the latter attacks the heart muscles of young puppies, leading to death.
The major symptoms associated with the intestinal form of a canine parvovirus infection include:
- Severe, bloody diarrhea
- Severe weight loss
How is Parvo Spread?
There are a variety of risk factors that can increase a dog’s susceptibility to the disease, but mainly, parvovirus is spread either by direct contact with an infected dog, or indirectly, by the fecal-oral route.
Heavy concentrations of the virus are found in an infected dog’s stool, so when a healthy dog sniffs an infected dog’s stool (or anus), that dog can contract the disease. The virus can also be brought into a dog’s environment by way of shoes that have come into contact with infected feces.
Prevention of Parvo in Dogs
The best prevention you can take against CPV infection is to follow the correct protocol for vaccination – simple regular vaccinations can stop the virus attacking dogs and spreading throughout the canine community.
Always pick up feces immediately – it reduces environmental contamination and reduces the spread of intestinal parasites.
Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) Senior Dog Warden Pip Singleton said: “People can’t afford the vaccines and then when their pets become ill with Parvo, which sees horrendous symptoms, they just dump their dogs.
“It sickens me to see the animals suffering and fighting for their lives on drips for the sake of a few quid which could prevent this.
“I have personally nursed a dog dying of Parvo and if you could see the trauma they go through, you wouldn’t think twice about getting the vaccine sorted.
“Instead the bill for care and treatment is being footed by the taxpayers of Worcestershire.”
WRS officers offer help and advice for people who have a pet and are struggling to meet the financial cost.
Pip added: “Don’t just dump your dog. We can help you before the situation gets critical and stop the unnecessary suffering of these loving, loyal creatures.”
If you spot a dog who is in distress or want help or advice from dog wardens, call Worcestershire:01905 822799 – Birmingham: 0121 3039900 (office hours)
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