A Collie Veterinary Services spokesperson is urging all dog owners to ensure their pets are vaccinated for parvovirus.
“Parvo is back. In truth, it never left. The excellent record that we previously had in Collie until a couple of years ago is simply a thing of the past. We have yet another dog in our hospital fighting to stay alive. It shouldn’t be like this,” he said.
When it comes to parvovirus, there are only three options:
- Vaccination: This is a prevention, not a cure. This normally costs between $100-130, depending on which veterinary service you use. Collie Veterinary Services charges $104, which also includes a health check by one of our veterinary team. Six month, interest free, Zip payment plans are available spread the cost at no extra charge.
- Treatment: Once sick, there are only two remaining options, one of which is treatment. Despite best efforts, there is no guarantee that this is always successful. The treatment for parvovirus is both complicated and extensive, usually resulting in $3000-5000 in costs.
- Euthanasia: The second option once sick. I don’t think we need to explain how utterly devastating this is. The cost is much more than money.
“We have previously had dogs fighting for their lives in our hospitals that had never left home,” the spokesperson said. “Do not let the myth that dogs don’t need vaccinating if they don’t leave the property kill your dog! Please vaccinate!”
Signs and symptoms of parvovirus include:
- Bloody diarrhoea
- Lack of energy
- Loss of appetite
“If your dog is showing any of the above then it is vitally important you act quickly,” he said. “The earlier your dog receives treatment the higher their chance of survival.”
For more information, contact Collie Veterinary Services on 9734 1155. Opening hours are 8.30am-6pm weekdays and 9am-12pm Saturdays and Sundays.