Virus claims canines

A parvovirus outbreak in the Vernon area that killed five dogs appears to be easing up.

A parvovirus outbreak in the Vernon area that killed five dogs appears to be easing up.

Locally, an estimated 20 dogs have been treated for the intestinal infection, of which five did not survive.

“It’s a nasty strain,” said Dr. David Lemiski, of Vernon Veterinary Clinic, whose phone has been ringing off the hook with concerned dog owners.

But as of Friday, Lemiski hadn’t seen any new cases for four or five days.

“The whole clinic is breathing a little easier.”

While parvovirus outbreaks are not unusual, and pop up from time to time, this particular strain appeared with stronger symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea, said Lemiski.

“There were a few more losses than average,” he said of the virus that first showed up in the 1970s and various strains have evolved since.

“This particular strain we want to isolate and identify it.”

Parvovirus is preventable through vaccination (which is included in basic immunizations), along with booster shots every one to three years.

In virtually all of the cases in this outbreak, the dogs had not had their booster shots within the past year.

“If you’ve had a parvovirus vaccine within the past year you are 100 per cent safe,” said Lemiski, adding that puppies need two or three boosters.

Most of the time parvovirus presents itself in dogs from more rural areas, especially where there is increased access to coyotes.

But this time the animals came from outlying urban areas, including Kin Park, East Hill and Coldstream.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Our History: A royal visit to Vernon

Princess Margaret and Lt.-Gov. Frank Mackenzie Ross took a ride through Vernon… Continue reading

Coldstream officials clear air about pool costs

Municipalities seeks to clarify who pays what to cover additional lifeguarding hours

Big contributions for Vernon’s Schubert Centre

Former member of the centre donated $10,000 while Regency Parkwood donated more than $2,000

Old Friends return to Okanagan Symphony stage

OSO marks 60th anniversary with Masterworks series in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon

Coldstream school celebrates plastic-free Valentine’s Day

Grade 5 students challenge fellow learners throughout district to show Mother Earth some love

Laughing ladies and country artists sell out Vernon venue

Alan Doyle and I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff! back to back sold out

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

Couple in crash on Highway 1 mistake Shuswap for Lower Mainland

Chase RCMP report Mercedes Benz collides with transport truck

Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff

Chief of staff to the B.C. speaker Alan Mullen says situation with demonstrators appears ‘fluid’

MPs to examine privacy implications of facial-recognition technology used by RCMP

The MPs will look at how the technology affects the privacy, security and safety of children

Dates back to 2009: Calgary police lay charges in fraud involving semi-trucks

Three people from Calgary are facing charges that include fraud over $5,000

Revelstoke mother and daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Ministry grants SD67 extension to balance books, submit amended budget

The board of trustees voted Monday to acquire outside help to deal with budget concerns

Most Read