Alan Davies AM, Minister for Natural Resources and Food
The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has confirmed that Canine Parvovirus is not a notifiable or reportable disease, and it is not zoonotic i.e. transferable to humans. I am therefore unable to provide any systematic evidence of disease increase or decrease, but I recognise animal rescue charities concerns when they become aware of dogs that are affected.
Animal keepers should discuss with their veterinary advisers, what are the appropriate preventative measures for their situation. Prevention can be achieved through vaccination. The effects of Canine Parvovirus are much more severe in puppies than older dogs. Even so, all dogs affected with Canine Parvovirus should receive prompt veterinary attention. The mortality rate can be high in young animals.
The progress on the Welsh Government work on dog breeding and microchipping will help to resolve health issues in licenced breeding establishments. It is expected that owners of dog breeding premises should be registered with a veterinary surgeon and that they have a health plan for each dog, including puppies i.e. dogs less than 6 months old. Individual dog owners need to understand that whenever they obtain a puppy or are re-homing an animal its health status, and what vaccinations the animal has had, are critical.
Responsible ownership is the key objective of our Road Map on Dog Welfare and health is one of the five needs set out in the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns I would be happy to do so.