'Serious health crisis for the dog world': dog dies after highly contagious virus hits Christchurch - petsitterbank

‘Serious health crisis for the dog world’: dog dies after highly contagious virus hits Christchurch

One dog has died and others have tested positive after a highly contagious virus swept through Christchurch.

Over the past week, three dogs at the Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust, on Dyers Rd, Christchurch, have tested positive for parvovirus, with one of those dogs having died.

Trust Operations Manager Kelly Burt said the virus is highly contagious, deadly and should be taken seriously,

“This is a serious health crisis for the dog world,” said Burt.

Kelly Burt of the Dogwatch Adoption Center, along with double-vaxing dog Latte, begs dog owners to vaccinate their dogs.

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Kelly Burt of the Dogwatch Adoption Center, along with double-vaxing dog Latte, begs dog owners to vaccinate their dogs.

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“If our city doesn’t take this seriously, vaccinate and keep our vulnerable dogs at home until they are fully protected, we could end up with a generalized epidemic with many dogs losing needlessly.” the life. “

Burt had worked at the adoption center for over eight years and said it was the first time the parvovirus had entered the center.

On Christmas Day, a dog named Celeste was brought to the clinic, but it was too late for her, Burt said.

“There was nothing more for her to do. We consented to the veterinarian’s recommendation for euthanasia to end his suffering.

Goose, a dog from the Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust, survived on treatment for the parvovirus.

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Goose, a dog from the Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust, survived on treatment for the parvovirus.

She was a “sweet and loving young female dog” who would have lived if her original owners had her vaccinated, she said.

Celeste’s death was the first and only death at the adoption center this year.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking – our team is devastated,” said Burt.

The security and protocol around the parvovirus is no different from the health measures of Covid-19. If a dog exhibits symptoms, it should be immediately taken to the veterinarian, quarantined and isolated for a period of 14 days, then tested negative before returning to the community.

Burt said community cases have been detected in Christchurch, with the main place of interest being North New Brighton.

“I have confirmation of what we would call a community case, [and] we have heard of other cases.

Symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. The best prevention is to vaccinate your dog and then give him boosters after 12 months.

“If your dog hasn’t eaten and isn’t vaccinated, I really wouldn’t be snooping. I am really worried about our dogs here in Christchurch.

The Trust took a financial hit in treating the parvo dogs, but Burt said it was necessary because “these dogs deserved a chance to fight.”

When purchasing a new dog, it was important to take him to the vet immediately to receive the four common vaccines: (DHP) Distemper, Hepititis, Parvo, and Canine Kennel Cough.

If a dog contracts the virus, it is either fatal or costly for the owner, Burt said.

While the vaccination cost around $ 100 for the first injection, the boosters were cheaper, she said.

Dog owners can’t catch the virus, but they were the most common carriers, especially on their shoes and clothing. Dog feces could also contain the virus.

Burt said to “pick it up”.

“The less poop there is on the ground, the less likely the parvo will affect other dogs.”

“Please do your part to protect your dog and the other dogs in our community to make sure we don’t lose anymore. Check your dog’s vaccination records and if your dog is not up to date, immediately take it to your vet to rectify this. It might just save their lives.

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