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Protect your dogs from parvovirus

It’s that time of year again, a change of season. The winds have picked up along with the humidity, bringing with it the one thing us nurses here at the clinic dread more than anything — parvo!

In the last few weeks we have seen a huge surge in parvovirus cases, at least two cases every single day.

Now as you can imagine, this puts not only a huge strain on the clinic and its resources but also places a heavy load both physically and emotionally on the staff treating the animal.

A few things you need to know about this virus; parvovirus is deadly, we cannot stress that enough, and treatment is exceptionally expensive.

Even with the best of care, there is a 50:50 chance of survival. Without treatment this disease is a very slow and agonising way to pass.

It is extremely contagious, and can live in certain environments for up to 10 years.

There is no cure, the only way to prevent parvovirus is by having your dogs immunised. Puppy vaccinations are crucial in helping your little friend make it to adulthood.

So we urge you, please vaccinate, not only to help them, but to help us and also all the little ones inadvertently affected by this horrible virus as well.

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