CANINE PARVOVIRUS WARNING
We would like to make you aware that there have been some recent cases of Canine Parvo in the Sheffield area. So far the potentially areas affected are: S5, S35, S74, S2, S13 (Ecclesfield, Shiregreen, Chapeltown, High Green, Elsecar, Hoyland, Hemmingfield, Pitsmoor, and Orgreave).
For now the incidences seem to be contained more to the North of Sheffield/Barnsley areas. In these areas it has been advised for puppies that have had their primary vaccinations but not yet had their first annual booster (which is usually given at 15 months old) to be given a third Parvo vaccine (from 16 weeks of age). Puppies between 8 weeks old and 15 months old should avoid parks and popular dog walking areas (especially the areas mentioned above) until 2 weeks after this third vaccine has been received.
For all dogs over 15 months that have either never been vaccinated or have missed their booster vaccinations it is important to begin a new vaccination course ASAP, and avoid parks and popular dog walking areas (especially the areas mentioned above) until 2 weeks after a vaccination course has been completed.
The virus can survive in the environment for several months so temporary avoidance of affected areas alone is not sufficient protection for your dog.
Whilst Parvo cases have not currently been reported in our local area we are advising clients to follow the above guidelines regarding extra vaccination, restarting vaccination and avoidance of popular areas if your dog is not up-to-date with their vaccines.
Parvo is a highly-contagious viral disease that can rapidly attack the body leading to a life-threatening illness. The general symptoms of parvovirus are lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite, and bloody, foul-smelling diarrhoea that can lead to severe dehydration. There is no cure for parvovirus so affected dogs require intensive supportive therapy at a veterinary practice to give the body the best chance of fighting the virus.
If you suspect your dog may have parvovirus it is important to act quickly; contact a veterinary practice and let them know that you suspect parvo so that they can act accordingly, minimising the risk to other patients.
Earlier this week I have phoned most local practices and so far no cases have been reported other than the ones in a High Green practice, one RSPCA litter and an outbreak in a rescue centre (which has now been contained and rescue centre has been opened again). I will try to keep you up to date with the situation. Contact us if you have any questions.