Emerald pets prone to deadly parvo virus

WINTER WARMTH: Remember to keep your best friend warm and vaccinated this winter.
WINTER WARMTH: Remember to keep your best friend warm and vaccinated this winter. Leah-Anne Thompson

AS WE head into the cooler months, our pets can bear the brunt of the temperature drop.

Veterinarian Angela Reynolds, from the Maraboon Vet Surgery in Emerald, said this time last year they saw a bad outbreak of parvo virus.

Here she explains how to prepare your pets for winter and provides a number of ways to keep them in the clear.

Has parvo virus decreased from last year's high numbers?

The number of parvo cases has improved dramatically from last year. We have only had a handful of cases this year, which is more typical for this region.

Last year we saw an extremely bad outbreak.

Why is it better this year?

I think the reason we had a lower number of cases is because more people are aware and getting their dogs vaccinated.

The Central Highlands is a very high risk area and so we recommend a three-series vaccine protocol for puppies and then an annual booster.

How do pet owners protect their pets against parvo?

Parvo lives for many years in the soil and is very difficult to kill so best way to protect your beloved pet is to regularly have them vaccinated.

Are there any other issues at the moment concerning pets in the Central Highlands?

We are seeing a lot of dogs wandering throughout town.

These pets usually escape from yards while people are at work.

It is difficult to find out where they belong unless they are both microchipped and registered with the council. Microchipping is a quick, easy procedure that lasts your pet's lifetime.

What can pet owners do to ensure their pets are looked after as we come in to the cooler climate?

Coming into the winter, please make sure your pets have somewhere warm to sleep. Warm bedding, jackets and shelter from the wind are important for those frosty nights.

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