The RSPCA are urging Whyalla dog owners to get their pets vaccinated, following 22 reported cases of Parvovirus in the city over the past week.
Two stray dogs had to be euthanised by vets after being found collapsed on the street, and a local vet claims this strain of the virus appears to be particularly aggressive.
RSPCA SA chief veterinarian, Dr Brad Ward, says the best way to protect animals is with a series of three vaccinations, ideally administered by a vet in the first 20 weeks of life.
Dogs contract Parvovirus by coming into contact with vomit or faeces from infected dogs, and once an area is infected, it can remain dangerous for up to a year.
Dr Ward advises that unvaccinated dogs, should not be allowed to come into contact with other dogs or taken to public areas.
For further information, contact the RSPCA Whyalla shelter on 8644 0172
Or the shelter manager Andre Sliedrecht directly on 0447 447 789
Symptoms of parvovirus include: