WARNING TO DOG OWNERS OVER RISE IN DEADLY VIRUS

Source:  Liverpool Echo (Extract)
Posted:  April 14, 2021

Parvovirus is reported to be on the rise among pets in the UK and owners have been warned to look out for signs.

Dog owners have been told to be on the alert over the risk of a deadly parvovirus outbreak.

The virus is reported to be on the rise among pets in the UK and owners have been warned to look out for signs.

Vet Caroline Taylor told the Manchester Evening News she has seen increasing numbers of puppies and young dogs suffering from the virus.

The vet has urged pet owners to keep up with vaccinations and consider getting a second dose earlier than usual.

She said: “It’s not just us who are seeing an increase in Parvovirus cases, it’s happening in lots of places.

“It does dogs no harm to go back to the vets to get another vaccine at six months or nine months so that’s what we would advise.”

Parvovirus cases can cause severe vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs, as well as reduced appetite and low energy, and can be fatal.

The virus can live in soil in parks, meadows and gardens and is easily spread just by contact.

The vet warned that certain larger black and tan breeds of dog, such as Rottweilers and Dobermans, are more at risk of the virus.

She added: “There’s been an increase in the number of Parvovirus cases we see and the other worry for us is that some of the dogs have been vaccinated.”

Rachel Smith, senior PDSA vet said: “Parvovirus is a nasty virus that causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs.

“It’s very contagious and can be fatal if left untreated. It’s spread from infected dogs through anything they’ve touched, or by their faeces. It can live in the environment, such as the soil in a park or garden, for up to a year.

“Signs of parvo include watery diarrhoea, which may have blood in, vomiting, reduced appetite and low energy. Sadly parvovirus can often be fatal, with young puppies being particularly at risk, so call your vet immediately if you have any concerns.

“It’s vitally important not to turn up at your vet practice unannounced. Many vets have made changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, which will still be in place even now full lockdown has ended, plus they will need to take steps to prevent any potential spread of parvovirus to other pet patients.”

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