Protect your pet from parvo

If your dog isn’t up-to-date on vaccinations, now might be a good time to check with your veterinarian.

If your dog isn’t up-to-date on vaccinations, now might be a good time to check with your veterinarian.

Parvovirus, a serious and potentially lethal canine disease, has made an appearance in the region.

“It’s not an epidemic,” says Gordon Bose, a veterinarian at the Shuswap Vet Clinic. “It’s no surprise that we are seeing it here, as it is more prevalent in August to October.”

Despite some reports of an outbreak, Bose says the vet clinic would usually see six to eight cases in a year. So far, they have treated 12.

“It’s not unusual numbers, but the best advice I can give if people are concerned is to be sure your pet’s vaccinations are current.”

Parvo, as it is commonly known, is a particularly difficult virus because it can remain viable in the environment for up to three months.

The disease is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. It has two distinct presentations, a cardiac and intestinal form. The common signs of the intestinal form are severe vomiting and dysentery. The cardiac form causes respiratory or cardiovascular failure.

It is more often seen in younger animals who may not have developed full immunity.

“Puppies, like kids, need boosters to protect them. For a two-month old puppy, one shot isn’t enough. The best thing to do is check with your vet.”

Bose says owners who have their pets properly vaccinated have little to worry about.

 

Just Posted

Brian Minter to share passion for gardens and greenspaces at Salmon Arm Fair

Well-known B.C. master gardener to give presentation on Friday, Sept. 6.

Rain in the forecast for much of the Southern Interior

Rain for much of the day in most areas clearing in the evening

Salmon Arm seniors enjoy the outdoors thanks to Rotary

Salmon Arm club fixes up and furnishes outdoor living spaces at Bastion Place

Salmon Arm Downtown Activity Centre owner wants to keep building alive

Support from community in form of tenants wanted for heritage building

Grass fire breaks out on highway south of Vernon

Highway 97 traffic slowed as firefighters snuff grass fire

Suspicious fire rips through abandoned Okanagan home

A fire was reported on Francescutti Court in Kelowna just after 1 a.m. Friday morning

Drugs, cash and 11 people apprehended at Okanagan residence

RCMP executed warrant at a Vernon home for second time in a month

Wildfire sparks beside Highway 3 west of Keremeos

A wildfire on the side of Highway 3 just west of Keremeos… Continue reading

Salmon Arm’s Hideaway Beer Badgers take semifinal win over Vernon’s OKG

Final goes Saturday in Vernon versus number-one seed N.E.T.

Summerland relaunches net metering program

Event open house will be held Aug. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m in Arena Banquet Room

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Jaws of Life used to rescue driver in North Okanagan crash

Single-vehicle MVI causes traffic delays on Highway 6

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

Most Read