Canine Parvovirus Infection
The canine parvovirus infection is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. Common symptoms include vomiting and diarrhoea (often with signs of blood) as well as depression, loss of appetite and lethargy. The majority of cases are seen in puppies that are between six weeks and six months old (and unvaccinated dogs).
Parvovirus is spread via contact with faeces or bodily fluids of infected animals. It does seem more prevalent in areas where cleanliness and hygiene have been less carefully monitored so it is essential that you only visit a reputable vet that has high hygiene standards.
Recently there have been a number of reported parvovirus incidents within the UAE, with dogs contracting this virus becoming very ill and some dying. Please ensure all of your pets are appropriately vaccinated to protect against such illnesses. If you suspect you have been around an infected animal contact your vet to discuss immediately.