The Regina Humane Society is warning dog owners another round of canine parvovirus is moving through the city. It’s an easily transmittable disease that could end up being fatal.
Bill Thorn with the Regina Humane Society says they were first alerted to the disease when some rescue dogs tested positive. He says some city dogs as well have shown signs of the disease adding it was time to warn dog owners.
“The vaccine against parvovirus is actually quite effective,”Thorn said. “If the animal is up-to-date with that then there shouldn’t be too much over-concern. But certainly, places where you’re going to run into it, it’s largely transmitted either through direct contact orally through other animals, or feces.”
Thorn says most dogs can be vulnerable, and urges dog owners to ensure all vaccinations are up-to-date.
“It tends to be more prevalent in younger animals,” Thorn said. “We do see parvo with some regularity at the shelter. And typically, it’s in younger animals. They might have had a vaccination for it, but again, often it takes time for their bodies to build up their own immunity.”
Thorn says the discovery was made after the Humane Society accepted some rural dogs.
“It started with a litter in a mom we were requested to take in by one of the rescues in a rural area,” Thorn said. “But what we’ve also seen over the past couple of weeks, is a few animals have come in from the city as well that have tested positive for parvo.”