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The University of Adelaide has discovered a new strain of Canine Parvovirus here in Australia.

Notably, many dogs have been suffering symptoms of gastroenteritis of late. Some dogs have not responded to therapy so are hospitalised, given supportive fluids and intravenous medications to stop severe haemorrhagic diarrhoea.

The University of Adelaide has discovered a new strain of Canine Parvovirus here in Australia.The new strain, CPV-2c has been spreading around the world and has now been found within our borders.The signs that are typical of parvovirus are: vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and often haemorrhaging from the anus, which can culminate in death.

Sydney University, School of Veterinary Science is also studying this problem. A new vaccine variant will possibly be formulated, but dogs that are currently vaccinated (in last 12 months) with the current vaccine are less at risk and should they contract the new strain, they are most likely to overcome it quickly with therapy.

Remember, young dogs are most at risk so ensure your puppies are properly covered. Parvovirus has a high mortality rate, hence we need to avoid spreading this virus where ever possible.

If your dog develops any signs, then quickly seek veterinary assistance. PLEASE, do not attend shows if you have any cases of gastroenteritis in your dogs at home. Any dogs that have not been vaccinated in the last twelve months should receive a vaccination as soon as possible.

For more information go to: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news92042.html

Dr Robert Zammit BVSc has kindly volunteered his services to Dogs NSW, to present and organise a series of seminars on various subjects, to further educate our members on the nuances of responsible dog ownership, subjects pertaining to the health, welfare and informed breeding. These seminars will commence shortly, so please look for the advertised subjects and times on our website and in our journal.