ALL DOG OWNERS PLEASE READ THIS …………………………
Fears that the deadly dog virus, Parvovirus, is now spreading in the UK after sixteen pets have died after being struck down with it in Swindon alone. We are now warning the virus could spread and owners must vaccinate their pets. Fifteen dogs have now been put down after catching the virus and another has died after becoming infected. The only way to protect dogs is to make sure they are fully vaccinated.
Dogs that are up-to-date with their vaccination are protected, but young puppies and dogs with lapsed/absent vaccinations are at risk of contracting this nasty disease. The virus is easily spread in faeces from infected animals and can be carried on people’s clothes and shoes, as well as dogs’ feet. It survives for up to 2 years in the environment, on pavements etc and is not killed by many disinfectants. Infection usually occurs when the unvaccinated dog is out and about on their usual walk, where an infected animal has been. Puppies are at risk if hygiene is not rigorous, or if the new owners take them out on walks before vaccination. As with any epidemic it is essential for large numbers of the population to be immune to prevent the virus from spreading.
The disease is characterized by sudden onset vomiting and diarrhoea, often containing blood. The dog is usually collapsed and unable to keep water down. Without aggressive nursing care, the dogs rapidly deteriorate and often die within a short period. In some cases this can happen despite our best efforts at treatment. This can all be prevented by regular vaccination, and not allowing your unvaccinated puppy on the ground in any public spaces.
Not all dogs that start to vomit necessarily have parvovirus. The most common cause is dogs scavenging and eating something which upsets their stomach. These dogs are often fairly bright in themselves, but if you are concerned then always seek the advice of your veterinary surgeon.
Remember, vaccination creates immunity which gives your pet protection and a head start against the disease.
We are more than happy to check your dogs vaccination status and if you have any worries or concerns please do not hesitate to talk to a member of staff.