Ranger

 A word from your Ranger...

 

* * * 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.

Signing Off Council Ranger

 Ranger Image

 
 

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.

Signing Off Council Ranger

 Ranger Image