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Dog overcomes the deadly canine parvovirus.


Cape Town, South Africa (20 August 2021) – Parvovirus has been spreading fast in recent times. A dog from Cape Town managed to overcome the deadly parvovirus after a long battle with it. The owner gave his best efforts to relieve the dog from the grasps of this virus, successfully saving the dog.

“My Baby was not eating and did not move around as he usually did.”, observes 58-year-old Sylvia Plaatjies from Tambo Village, which is located near Manenberg.

She had confirmed that her ‘baby’ wanted to do nothing but sleep.

“Getting my dog to AWS wasn’t easy. I initially thought the dog had worms, so I took him to a nearby pet shop in the area, and they referred me to the Animal Welfare Society of SA (AWS) because the staff felt there was something seriously wrong with the dog” says the mom of three.

“I had to take two taxis and then had to walk for about an hour to get to the animal welfare hospital.”

“My dog was sick, and I wasn’t going to let him suffer like that, so I walked with him to the shelter so that they could help him,” she added.

AWS is a local non–government, non-profitable, registered animal welfare organisation working to prevent cruelty towards animals and a better environment for humanity.

A perilous and fast-spreading virus called the Parvovirus was found in the dog when it was brought to the shelter and checked on by the staff members of the hospital ward, as per the information from WS nursing staffer Jacques le Roux.

Parvovirus affects thousands of dogs every year, with the infectious particles spreading by faeces. Direct contact with an infected animal’s excrement or anything the waste has touched can lead to transmission.

Parvovirus signs include lethargy, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and bloating; fever or low body temperature (hypothermia); vomiting; and severe, often bloody, diarrhoea. It is essential to make sure your animals are vaccinated each year to protect them from falling ill.

Sources: News24
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