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* * * An out break of Parvovirus which has the potential to kill your dog * * *

What is parvovirus

Also known as "parvo", parvovirus is a serious & often deadly disease caused by the highly infectious parvovirus. Parvovirus attacks most commonly the gastrointestinal tract, lymph nodes and bone marrow, rapidly dividing cells within the body. And in a less common form of parvovirus can affect the heart muscle.

Parvovirus is spread via infected faeces. Infection occurs via direct or indirect contact with infected faeces. The virus can survive for months in the dogs environment which includes bedding, yards, kennels etc.

Unvaccinated puppies are most at risk of infection although adult dogs can also become infected.

Symptoms of parvovirus

Symptoms of parvovirus come on rapidly and may include;

  • Loss of appetite
  • Foul smelling, bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Severe dehydration
  • Depression

Diagnosis of parvovirus can be undertaken by your veterinarian, they will perform a physical examination. To test for parvovirus your veterinarian may need to perform tests. These may include, testing the faeces for presence of the virus or blood tests to check for antibodies to the virus. 

How to prevent parvovirus

Routine vaccination commencing at 8 weeks.

Thorough disinfection of the infected animals environment is required. The virus is extremely hardy and resistant to most household disinfectants. Bleach at a dilution of 1:32 is most effective. Leave the bleach on the surface for 20 minutes.

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 What do your dogs get up to when you're not home?

Do you know what your dogs get up to when you go to work or leave your property?

All dogs should be properly sercured, this does not mean tied to a fence or gate, sercuring your dog whilst away will ensure its safety and eliminate the chance of it roaming and getting into trouble.

Many owners are surprised when informed that their dogs have left the property. To ensure that you are a responsible owner put some simple measures inplace to secure your dogs.

There have been an increase in the amount of domestic dogs roaming on rural properties. This can be as littlle as a dog becoming a nusiance to neighbouring properties or more serioulsy, being invloved in animal attacks.

The consequences for these dogs roaming can be;

  • Dogs declared dangerous
  • Dogs shot or poisioned by land owners
  • Fines and penalties.

The solution to this is to make sure that your dogs are secured and microchipped or identified.

 Ensuring the safety of all our animals is the key to harmonious relationships.

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Who to contact if you’ve been issued a fine

Revenue NSW process fines and fees for local councils, NSW Police Force and various other authorities.

To discuss your fine please contact Revenue NSW on 1300 138 118.  Alternatively, you can find information and manage your fine on Revenue NSW’s website: www.revenue.nsw.gov.au

What you can do on the Revenue NSW website

If you’ve been issued a fine in NSW, you’ll find the information you need, including:

  • How to pay a fine or fee
  • How to request a review of a fine
  • How to check the status of a review
  • What happens if you don’t pay a fine
  • What you must do to have your matter heard in court
  • What you can do if you're experiencing financial hardship and can’t pay a fine.

What if someone else was responsible for the offence

If you’ve received a fine but weren't responsible for the offence, you can transfer the fine to the person who was at fault when you weren't driving the vehicle when the offence happened or you sold the vehicle before the date of the offence.

You can also nominate the responsible person online using myPenalty

If you are responsible for an offence but are not the person named on the fine, you can nominate yourself by contacting Revenue NSW.

Difficulty with paying your fine

If you can’t afford to pay in full by the due date you can set up a payment plan if you need more time to pay.  You should contact Revenue NSW before the penalty reminder due date to set up a payment plan.

Revenue NSW also offer other options if you are experiencing serious financial, medical or other personal problems. Find out more about:

  • what to do if you are having difficulty with payment
  • how to ask someone to talk to us about your situation
  • whether you might be eligible for a work and development order (WDO)
  • eligibility for a 50 per cent reduction in fine amount.

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