Dog owners are being urged to make sure their pets’ vaccinations are up-to-date after a suspected outbreak of the deadly canine parvovirus (CPV). The warning comes from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), who have seen increased numbers of suspected CPV in several of the charity’s pet hospitals.
PDSA hospitals have treated nearly 1,800 cases of suspected parvovirus in the first six months of 2013. The disease is highly contagious and often fatal, which is why the PDSA are urging dog owners to get their dogs vaccinated and check that boosters are up-to-date.
Senior Vet Duncan Senior works at Stoke PDSA, which has seen one of the worst outbreaks:
“We have been inundated with cases recently, sometimes seeing as many as five a day, whereas normally we only see around one a week. It’s very upsetting, particularly as vaccination against this is readily available.”
The signs of the parvovirus include vomiting, diarrhoea, blood in the faeces, tiredness and loss of appetite. If you suspect your dog may have parvovirus, don’t take them straight to the vet as this may spread the disease. Keep your pet isolated and call your vet immediately for advice.
The warning from the PDSA goes to reinforce the message of our recent ‘Protect Your Pet’ infographic, which we published to illustrate the importance of keeping your pets’ vaccinations up-to-date. Remember, prevention is better than the cure.
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