This well known, serious and potentially life threatening
disease causes symptoms of severe bloody vomiting and diarrhoea
aptly demonstrated by poor Trixie. If left untreated this
will lead to dehydration and death.
My Polish colleague Agnieszka, who was involved in saving
Trixie, has considerable experience with parvovirus back
home where the percentage of dogs vaccinated is considerably
less than in the UK. Her awareness of the importance of
prompt and aggressive fluid therapy no doubt contributed
to "Trixie's" prompt recovery after she had been
brought to the Fairfield Veterinary Centre by her owners.
Trixie will also be very appreciative of her owners significant
financial contribution to her return to good health. Sadly
the treatment of canine parvovirus enteritis can work out
at 10 to 15 times the cost of vaccination. Yet another incentive
to harden your New Year resolve!
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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