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Worst influx of Canine Parvovirus at Khayelitsha Animal Clinic in 22 years

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha is currently experiencing the worst influx of Parvo patients in the 22 years of the organisation’s existence. The canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. It spreads through the feces of infected dogs and is often fatal. Common symptoms of an infected dog includes vomiting, diarrhea (with a very distinct smell), lethargy and loss of appetite. “On average our clinic admits 14 Parvo patients per month. In the past month we admitted 45 patients,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager. Parvovirus infection can be prevented by having dogs vaccinated. Puppies should be vaccinated at 6 weeks of ag

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