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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Parvovirus outbreak

Well it's a serious blog today my friends. Yes it's Bracket again, and I need you to all prick your ears up and hear my blog. Remember when you went to the vets and had your vaccinations, well one of them was for a potentially life-threatening disease called parvovirus.
There is currently an increase in cases of parvovirus being seen in the Coventry area.
If you are not up to date with your vaccinations drag your owners down to Broad Lane Vets now - you don't want this disease believe me!
My mum says parvo is a viral infectious diease that affects the gastrointestinal tract. The virus is shed in faeces (yes that's poo to us dogs!) and can survive in the environment for over 6 months. It's a serious disease and sadly is often fatal.
Symptoms are vomitting and diarrhoea, progressing to diarrhoea containing blood. You go off your food (aarrgghh) and become very sad!
If you get any sympoms you need treatment urgently. Your vet can test if it is parvovirus with a faeces test (yes, poo again). If you test positive you'll need to move into the Broad Lane Vet's isolation unit and be nursed by barrier nursing to prevent you infecting anyone else.
Please bark loudly and make sure your vaccines are up to date friends - REMEMBER PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.

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