A new form of the common and highly contagious canine parvovirus (CPV) has been discovered in Australia by researchers at the University of Adelaide. Over the past two years confirmed cases of CPV-2c have occurred in South Australia and Victoria, with suspected cases also occurring in Queensland and Northern Territory.

What a worry!

While more work needs to be done to understand the new strain; everyone needs to be aware that CPV-2c is now in Australia! Many of the cases reported have occurred in dogs already vaccinated against parvovirus, although with typically milder signs than in unvaccinated dogs. Until more is known, it’s important that dog owners continue to vaccinate for CPV, as vaccination most likely lessens the severity of the disease! Signs of CPV infection include some or all of the following: decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhoea, often bloody. CPV has a high death rate.

Bring your dog to your vet if they are unwell or overdue for vaccination!