Parvo virus outbreak killing pets

AN OUTBREAK of the deadly parvo virus in north Byron Shire is causing alarm for local vets.

Belinda Whitney, senior veterinary nurse at the Billinudgel/Ocean Shores Veterinary Hospital, said five dogs had been brought in with the virus in the past 10 days.

“If it was one animal we wouldn’t be worried, but we’ve been inundated. It’s starting to get a little serious,” she said.

Ms Whitney has worked at the hospital for 12 years and the last outbreak she could remember was seven years ago.

But the virus is clearly present in the area. It can lie dormant for up to two years and infect any dog that comes into contact with it.

One of the dogs had died and another was in such a bad way it had to be put down, she said.

Another had gone home and it was hoped another would be discharged today or tomorrow.

Ms Whitney said the fifth dog’s condition had not been too severe and it was being looked after at home.

Symptoms of parvo virus include vomiting and bloody diarrhoea, and she says owners should contact a vet as soon as these are detected.



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