Unfortunately we have received some sad news today regarding a residents 1 year old puppy that contracted parvovirus and was sadly put down. It is assumed to have been contracted within Cambourne despite being fully vaccinated. The owner has asked us to warn dog owners to be cautious when exercising dogs and remind the importance of picking up dog poo and disposing of correctly.
What is parvovirus? Parvovirus is a highly infectious disease that can be fatal. Many dogs who are diagnosed with parvo will die. The virus attacks cells in a dog’s intestines and stops them from being able to absorb vital nutrients. This means that a dog or puppy will become very weak and dehydrated.
Parvovirus spreads through body fluids, including in a dog’s poo and vomit. It is extremely hardy and can survive in the environment outside the body – for example in the grass at a park – for at least six months, and possibly much longer. Your dog can even contract parvo by sniffing another dog’s poo and it’s not uncommon for dogs to catch parvo when out for a walk.
Information above copied from Blue Cross and can be read further via this link: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/advice/dog/parvovirus-in-dogs