February 13, 2018
Recently an article was release notifying everyone of an outbreak of parvovirus in the feline population around Melbourne area. This virus is extremely contagious and thus we think you should know a bit about it.
Parvovirus is spread via a cat coming into contact with the infected faeces of another cat. It can also infect foxes and wild dogs making it hard to eradicate. It is a very resilient virus and can survive in the environment for months. Hence, locations such as shelters, where cats are housed close together, are at higher risk of an outbreak.
Although this virus can affect cats of any age, the risk of it being fatal is higher in younger cats and kittens. Symptoms of the virus include vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, fever and in the later stage seizures. If you suspect your cat may have the virus, take it to your local vet clinic for assessment. Even with treatment after being diagnosed the mortality rate is still high.
All of the cats that tested positive for this virus in the latest outbreak were NOT vaccinated. Therefore the main message to take from this is that prevention is better than cure. The standard F3 vaccination covers your cat against parvovirus. So if your feline companion is not up to date with its vaccinations, then now would be the optimum time to book them in.