As you may be aware, there have recently been a number of confirmed cases of Parvovirus in the Sooke & Port Renfrew area.
Parvovirus is a highly contagious, life-threatening, viral disease that primarily affects puppies and unvaccinated dogs. It is spread by direct contact with a sick dog or via contact with body excretions (feces primarily). It is a hardy virus that can stay active in the environment for an extended period of time.
To reduce the risk of contracting parvovirus, puppies should receive a full series of vaccines (3 doses, 3-4 weeks apart) and are best kept away from high-risk areas such as dog parks, doggy daycare, group puppy classes etc. until at least one week after their 2nd set of vaccines. While we recommend that all puppies be vaccinated, we also feel that puppy socialization is critical to healthy development.
Adult dogs should have a vaccination program tailored to their individual lifestyles. Please feel free to discuss this with any of our veterinarians, so that we can recommend what is best for your pet.