Just in the last month alone they have had 8 dogs test positive for PARVOVIRUS at our Chatham clinic!!
This very deadly virus can be preventable if you just vaccinate your dogs and puppies as soon as it is possible! As early as 6-8 weeks of age they can get their first set of vaccines. But remember, their first set of vaccines only does not protect them against parvo,they must get a series of three sets of vaccines and they must be 3-4 weeks apart in order for them to be fully protected.
Until your puppy is fully vaccinated with all three sets of vaccines, DO NOT bring them out to any public places, such as dog parks,out for walks,groomers, kennels or even around any other dogs outside of the home unless you know the other dog is fully vaccinated and do not let them share bowls from other dogs during this time either.
Parvovirus is extremely contagious and is transmitted through the feces whether it is direct or indirect contact with the feces of an infected dog. If you see any symptoms such as vomiting,foul smelling diarrhea (sometimes bloody),lethargy and loss of appetite then call your vet as soon as possible to get your dog in as they can take a turn for the worse very quickly.
PLEASE SHARE this very important information with friends and family who has dogs!!
Do you have more questions or need your puppy vacinated?
DMS Veterinary Group
311 Merritt Ave.
Chatham, ON N7M 3G1