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Parvovirus Outbreak

There have been a number of cases of Parvovirus among dogs in Squamish recently.


This potentially deadly disease is one of the diseases that we vaccinate for.


Parvovirus is extremely contagious. It can be transmitted from dog to dog by direct contact, contact with feces or even indirect contact with objects or an environment contaminated by an infected dog’s feces. The virus is very hardy and can persist on inanimate objects such as food bowls, carpeting, shoes or floors for several months!! (navigate to this link for more information about Parvovirus)


If your dog seems lethargic, is off its food, has diarrhea or is vomiting, contact us right away. These signs could be telling us your dog has Parvovirus. The earlier that treatment is started, the better the chance of a successful outcome.


Vaccination is the best tool we have for protecting dogs from Parvovirus. If your dog is not current for Parvovirus vaccination (or if you are not sure) contact us right away. We will schedule a time to get your pets’ vaccine current.


Also, make sure your pet has no opportunity to come in contact with other dog’s stool or with dogs who are ill.


Please be in touch if you have any questions!


Dr. Tom Honey and everyone at GVH.

Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital