IN THE NEWS: Territorians urged to vaccinate dogs against parvovirus

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DOG owners are being urged to vaccinate their pet against parvovirus, with several cases of the deadly illness confirmed in the Top End.

For the first time in at least 14 years, parvovirus was detected in Gove last week and other cases have been confirmed in Darwin and Milingimbi. Gove Veterinary Services’ Dr Sue Samuelsson said her practice had been waiting for the first case.

“We’ve always been on guard about parvovirus as Milingimbi has had some confirmed cases and last year there were some unconfirmed cases on Groote Eylandt,” she said. “Last Thursday we had an adult cattle dog in the clinic with parvovirus – in all the dog spent five days in intensive care before we allowed the owner to take their pet home.”

Ark Animal Hospital’s Lana Frew said she ensured her pooch Axel got his C7 vaccination every year and believed prevention was far better than treatment.

“Vaccinating is incredibly important,” she said.