Spring is a common time for cases of PARVOVIRUS. Parvovirus is a viral disease that is easily preventable by vaccination. It occurs most commonly in puppies and young dogs especially if UNVACCINATED. Breeds such as Rottweilers are more susceptible to the disease. Affected dogs become lethargic, depressed, stop eating, progressing to vomiting, diarrhoea (often bloody like red wine or strawberry jam), rapid dehydration and commonly death. Treatment is supportive in nature to prevent vomiting and maintain hydration and is costly. It is a lot less painful and cheaper to prevent, than to treat. Remember that parvovirus will remain in the soil for many years. Ensure your dog is up to date with its vaccination.