An animal clinic in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, says it’s experiencing the worst influx of canine parvovirus (parvo) in more than 22 years.
Mdzananda Animal Clinic says it admits around 14 dogs with the virus every month, but this rose to 45 last month.
The organisation's Marcelle du Plessis says the canine parvovirus is a highly contagious illness that affects dogs.
Du Plessis explains that the virus causes dehydration.
Dogs typically stop eating, become lethargic and suffer from extreme and potent-smelling diarrhoea or vomiting.
She adds that the virus is more prevalent now, due to the hot weather.
Du Plessis stresses that there is a vaccine for parvo and that early treatment is important.
It's a virus that lives in the intestine of the animal. It prevents the animal from being able to sufficiently absorb proteins, nutrients and fluids.— Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager at Mdzananda Animal Clinic
Du Plessis says that the parvo influx has put a strain on the clinic's finances as the treatment is very cost-intensive.
Parvo is a very cost-intensive treatment. It's costing around R1 300 per day, per animal. They tend to stay about five days so that well over R6000 per pet at a time.— Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager at Mdzananda Animal Clinic
Those wanting to make a donation to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic can contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 367 6001.
Their banking details for donations are:
Mdzananda Animal Clinic
Standard Bank, 075595710
Branch Code 025009
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