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Parvo Virus

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Parvo - a killer dog virus caused deaths in epidemic proportion in the Manuwatu during May this year.

There is only one way to prevent a dog catching parvo - that is by vaccination. The mortality rate in puppies who catch parvo is significantly higher.

Regular worming also helps a lot. The virus lies around and can therefore be picked up in many places like the park you walk your dog in.

The symptoms that might signal parvo are lack of appetite, vomiting, salivating, depression, bloody diarrhoea.

Once symptoms appear it is best to get your dog to a vet, although it will not guarantee your dog will survive. Yearly vaccinations cost around $30. That’s a small price to pay for your best friend.

- Virginia Williams and Bert Westera