A veterinary practice on Tasmania's North West has recently reported several confirmed cases of canine parvovirus in the East Devonport, Spreyton and Latrobe areas. Outbreaks of canine parvovirus have previously occurred in Tasmania, and can re-occur in unvaccinated dogs or in dogs where vaccinations have lapsed. As dogs frequently move around the state, this is a general reminder to all dog owners.
Signs of canine parvovirus infection in a dog include watery diarrhoea, vomiting, and general lethargy and dullness. Dogs can become very sick, very quickly with this virus, and some may die from it due to the effects of dehydration.
Canine parvovirus does not distinguish between companion dogs, working dogs or farm dogs and is highly contagious, affecting both puppies and adults.
It does not affect other pet species, and does not pose a threat to human health. The virus can survive in the environment for up to a year and could be present in areas where dogs are walked. The most effective way to protect dogs from canine parvovirus is annual vaccination by a veterinary surgeon.