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    Posted: March 29 2018 at 4:36am

The SECOND deadly dog disease sweeping the country and how easily your dog could catch it

Dog owners have been warned not to let their pet get muddy to avoid Alabama Rot but a second disease is now in the UK

Updated11:38, 29 MAR 2018

A second deadly dog disease is sweeping across the country with fresh warnings for dog owners to be on high alert.

The lethal parvovirus has been reported in Cumbria, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Northumbria in the last few weeks - and there are fears it is spreading.

The virus attacks a dog's intestines and stops them being able to absorb vital nutrients. It is contagious.

There were two cases reported in Huddersfield in a week earlier this month, sparking a warning from vets.

The main symptoms of the virus, which is more likely to affect puppies or older dogs , include diarrhoea and vomiting.

Most dogs who die from the disease do so because of dehydration.

Dogs can catch it from sniffing another dogs poo or just from grass in the park because it is "extremely hardy" vets have warned.

The worrying news comes days after a warning to dog owners about Alabama Rot .

So far in 2018, at least 29 deaths have been linked to Alabama Rot, bringing the total since 2012 to more than 135.

It is possible to get a vaccination to avoid parvovirus.

Nurse Kelly Terry of Avenue Veterinary Centre in Grantham said: "Whenever you buy puppies make sure they have been vaccinated, some less reputable breeders may not have given them their vaccination, or may have only done the first one.

"Go to a vets immediately if you notice the symptoms - there are some anti-viral medication you can buy, but it doesn't always work.

"We have to isolate the dog and treat them when they are brought in."

Tara Matthews and her family lost their beloved Hungarian Vizsla Rufus to deadly parvovirus this week.

Tara said he is one of a litter of seven – adding that two of his siblings have also died from the same virus, two more are being treated for it and another is suspected to have it.

The emotional mum told Lincolnshire Live she was heartbroken – but she also warned other dog-owners to remain vigilant amid growing concerns the virus is sweeping through the county.

She said: “We already have two dogs but they are a bit energetic – but my son had always wanted one he could play with.

“We believed he’d been vaccinated and everything was fine, he had a great personality and settled in well – lots of visitors came over to see him.

“But after 10 days someone who had bought the puppy from the same place said their puppy was really ill.

“We looked at Rufus and he seemed fine, but three days later we took him to the vets because he became very lethargic.

“He was diagnosed with parvovirus and then died – telling my son was incredibly difficult.”

She added: “He was part of a seven-strong litter – three died of parvovirus, two are seriously ill with it and aren’t expected make it and one has suspected parvovirus but the owner can’t afford to test or treatment.”

Vet Fiona Cumming said: “It is important owners pick up the early signs of parvovirus and seek veterinary advice as the first 48 hours are critical.

“Puppies should be vaccinated at eight weeks and then vaccinations should be updated throughout their lifetime.”


Source and additional vet's imformation:  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/second-deadly-dog-disease-sweeping-12270611

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