If you’ve brought in a puppy this year for vaccinations against Parvo virus, there may be a chance your dog is not yet fully protected.
In fact, local veterinarian Dr Joyce Follows is recommended extra shots be being given this year to guard against infection.
Parvo virus is a life-threatening canine disease and outbreaks that often happen during the rainy season.
While there were cases reported in April, the highest amount of confirmations have been in August and September.
Last year’s outbreak infected nearly 100 dogs and this year, more than 30 dogs have been confirmed so far.
The number is expected to grow and even some vaccinated puppies are showing signs of the disease.
“So we are extending the vaccines for puppies, we were doing three vaccines between the ages of six weeks and twelve weeks and now we’re extending a fourth vaccine for all puppies into the sixteen weeks and then for rottweiler specifically because they are really sensitive for Parvo, we’re doing a fifth vaccine at 20 weeks,” Dr Follows said.
Parvo virus symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, lethargy or not eating.
The virus does not affect adult dogs that are fully vaccinated.