Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that can affect any dogs, mainly dogs within one year of age. Canine parvovirus can be fatal if not taken care of in time by the pet owners.
As compared to previous year, the cases are lower this year due to increased awareness on vaccination among pet owners, Dr Priyokumar said.
"In previous years, around 200 cases on an average were registered daily. Now, hardly 100 cases of canine parvovirus are reported in the hospital, he said.
Symptoms of Canine Parvovirus:
According to the vetrinary doctory, dogs suffering from canine parvovirus would suffer from fever, vomiting, passing of stool with blood having pungent smell and loss of appetite
Advice to pet owners:
Dr Priyokumar said pet owners should immediately rush their dog to a nearby pet hospital or clinic in order to start the treatment.
"The virus attacks cells in a dog’s intestines and stops them from being able to absorb vital nutrients. And, the dog will become weak and dehydrated," he said.
According to Dr Priyokumar, the treatment will take 7-10 days. If the infected dog can survive for the first next three days of treatment then it can be taken as 80 per cent cured.
During the initial period of treatment, pet owners are advised not to give oral intake, including water.
The virus can infect both local as well as other imported breeds. Some dog breeds like Rottweiler and Doberman are more fatal with the disease, he said.
Dr Priyokumar advices pet owners to start giving deworming medicine when the puppy is 20-30 days old. After 42 days, the canine parvovirus vaccine should be started.
After the first vaccination, the dog should be given two booster doses with 21-day gap. To prevent virus infection, the dogs should be given booster doses once a year.
"A parvovirus vaccinated dog cannot be taken as 100 per cent immuned from the disease but the infection from the virus can be reduced," he added.