Dog owners across Canada beware, the past few days have seen more and more cases of canine virus pop up within areas of Canada. The most threatening is known as canine parvovirus, and has seen numerous cases reported in both British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Across Canada, a different virus - Canine Influenza - has begun to appear in parts of the United States and Eastern Canada.
Canine Parvovirus Type 2 is a contagious virus that affects dogs and can be easily transmitted through focal or oral contact between dogs. The disease can survive on shoes, clothes and even the ground for nearly a year. Symptoms include severe, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite and severe weight loss.
The worst province so far has been Saskatchewan where 11 dogs have had to be euthanized as a result of the virus. While other dogs were diagnosed with canine parpovirus, they have been put into isolation for an incubation period until 10 days passes.
While the virus cannot be transmitted to humans, vets from both provinces are urging for all owners of puppies and dogs, both young and old, to have a strong line of communication with a veterinarian and ensure that your dog is vaccinated.