AN OUTBREAK of the deadly parvovirus has caused a Gatton veterinarian to warn dog owners to remember to vaccinate their animals and avoid potential fatalities.
Dr Amanda Phillips said she had noticed an increase in cases in her 12 weeks at Gatton Veterinary Surgery.
"Parvo is one of those diseases that can be very deadly, particularly in younger dogs," Cr Phillips said.
"It's very upsetting because vaccinating your animals is such an easy thing to do.
"People don't realise how contagious parvo is, and even if your animal is on your property not having contact with other dogs, it can be walked in on shoes or brought in in some other way.
"It doesn't need animal to animal contact to spread."
She said the disease was always something vets were concerned about.
"It's a viral infection and we can try and support the animal wherever we can with fluids, anti nausea medication, antibiotics and pain relief," she said.
"We have to have a particular nurse and vet care for the animal throughout their stay because it is so contagious.
"Many people realise what is involved in getting a puppy through parvovirus and we would prefer to see a healthy animal in for vaccination than treatment any day."
Dr Phillips said it was important to ensure vaccinations were up to date.
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