Thursday, 26 January 2012
Vets issues urgent health warning to all dog owners
Following a recent local outbreak of parvovirus we are calling on all local dog owners to check their pet's vaccinations are up-to-date. Parvovirus is a deadly disease in dogs and can kill 2-3 days after the first symptoms show. The only way to protect your pet is through vaccination. Over the past month at Broad Lane Vets we have treated 3 puppies with parvovirus. If your pet's vaccines have lapsed we would recommend keeping them at home until you are able to get to your vets. As with most diseases the sooner you treat your pet the better the chance of recovery, and you will help prevent the disease spreading further. Parvovirus symptoms such as vomitting, diarrhoea, lethargy, fever and dehydration come on quickly. If you see any of these symptoms contact us quickly. Fortunately this is not an outbreak situation, but as parvovirus is such a virilent virus we need owners to be aware now. The virus can live in the environment for a long time, is hard to eliminate and can easily spread through the faeces of infected dogs, can survive on everyday objects such as shoes and lamp-posts. Sadly this danger will not pass in a c-uple of days. For further advice call us on 0247-464789.