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Moura residents are encouraged to have their dogs vaccinated following an outbreak of Parvovirus.

Banana Shire Council has received reports that several dogs in the township have contracted the virus.

Parvovirus is highly infectious and attacks the gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular systems of dogs.

Common signs of parvo-affected animals include initial tiredness and not wanting to play, vomiting, followed by very foul smelling dysentery or diarrhoea.

If you are concerned that your dog has contracted the virus it is vital that you seek veterinary advice early for best outcomes as this illness can be fatal.

The death rate in young non-vaccinated puppies can be greater than 80 per cent.

The virus is preventable through vaccination, however dogs do not have full immunity against the virus until two weeks after the last vaccine.

Due to the stability of the virus, it can be easily transmitted via the hair or feet of infected dogs, contaminated shoes, clothes, and other objects.

This means that even if your dog never goes to the park or mixes with other dogs, it can be exposed to the virus in the environment.