West Toowoomba Veterinary Surgery owner Michael Burke with his dog Jet the black labrador. Parvovirus story. Photo Chris Calcino / The Chronicle
West Toowoomba Veterinary Surgery owner Michael Burke with his dog Jet the black labrador. Parvovirus story. Photo Chris Calcino / The Chronicle Chris Calcino

Vet warns of Toowoomba canine parvovirus outbreak

A SPIKE in the number of dogs presenting to his surgery with canine parvovirus has elicited a vaccination appeal from vet Dr Michael Burke.

West Toowoomba Veterinary Surgery has admitted four ailing pooches in the past fortnight suffering from the potentially-fatal disease.

While the numbers did not yet represent an epidemic, Dr Burke warned pet owners to take action before their dogs became infected.

"Parvovirus is always around but, at certain times of the year, we get outbreaks like this," he said.

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"It's around at the moment and it can transfer from one dog to another very easily.

"The virus itself is very resistant and can transmit between dogs from clothing or your shoes.

"A lot of people move to a new house where there has been a sick or unvaccinated dog before.

"The virus can live in the soil for some time."

Dr Burke said paying the $87 vaccination fee made economic sense.

"To treat a dog effectively, once they've been in the surgery for five days, the costs add up to about $1000," he said.



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