Veterinary recommendation in the face of severe parvovirus outbreaks
Recent reports in the veterinary press* have highlighted a possible severe strain of parvovirus affecting dogs around Hampstead Heath and Regent’s Park. This is a potentially fatal and highly contagious disease that could very easily spread and veterinary recommendation rightly centres round increasing the level of vaccination in the local dog population. However, a new product called PooGuard provides another means of helping to reduce the spread of infection locally.
Dogs that survive parvovirus can continue to excrete the virus in their stools for weeks afterwards and this is a potential source of infection either directly or via fomite transmission from items such as shoes or pram wheels.
British Inventor Kevan Norton says dog owners can provide additional protection by using PooGuard spray on dog faeces. The product kills 99% of viruses and bacteria left behind after scooping the poop and one of the viruses it destroys is parvovirus.
PooGuard can be recommended for use in recovery from parvovirus to help protect other dogs in the community. Grass yards in and around the practice can also be sprayed to reduce the spread of infection and PooGuard is safe for use on real and artificial grass..
In fact, PooGuard is safe to use on nearly all surfaces involved in fomite transmission such as the soles of shoes. For anyone who has a puppy who has not completed their vaccines, especially when there are local outbreaks of parvo, this is a precaution worth taking before entering the home or garden where the puppy lives. Vets conducting home visits might also want to take similar precautions, wiping shoes and medicine storage bags.
As PooGuard contains a bitter repellent which stops dogs wanting to lick the ground where infectious faeces have been removed, this also further helps limit the spread of infection. This makes it ideal for dogs which show coprophagia and put themselves at increased risk of infection.
One theory is that foxes could be involved in the spread of parvovirus and dog owners can also spray fox poo, whether they come across it in public spaces or in their gardens.
Kevan says that as well as helping dogs, PooGuard helps protect people from bacteria left behind after picking up dog poo, especially on sports pitches and playing fields. There are many more bacteria and viruses that are spread in similar ways to parvovirus and using PooGuard in the recovery period after digestive upset of infectious origin may help to reduce the scale of local outbreaks.
For further information visit www.poo-guard.com. PooGuard is available from selected vet practices and pet shops. Follow PooGuard on Twitter @PooGuardLtd, or on Facebook @PooGuard.