Vet’s pet parvo warning

Vet Janine Hanks with healthy dog Jordan. Picture: Jon Hewson
Vet Janine Hanks with healthy dog Jordan. Picture: Jon Hewson

This year, there have been 35 inquiries and 12 complaints to Consumer Protection.

South Mandurah Veterinary Clinic vet Janine Hanks said while she had not noticed an increase in puppies infected with parvovirus, the disease was prevalent locally.

‘Parvovirus is a huge issue in Mandurah, it’s a constant, ongoing issue here,’ she said.

Dr Hanks said a puppy had recently died from parvovirus.

She said she was particularly interested in parvovirus because it was preventable.

‘If more people were aware of it and how it’s spread, they would vaccinate their dogs, take precautions and we could get rid of it,’ she said.

Consumer Protection commissioner Anne Driscoll said problems with pet purchases were tricky.

‘Resolving complaints can be an issue when the seller wants the customer to prove the puppy was sick at the time it left the pet shop,’ she said. ‘The seller may claim the puppy contracted the illness after it was sold.

‘It can be difficult to substantiate either claim depending on the type of disease and incubation period. If you were told a dog has been vaccinated and health checked, and you get it home to find it’s sick’