There has been an outbreak of the Parvovirus in dogs in Limerick. So far 11 cases have been reported and sadly 6 of those dogs have died. Pet owners are being urged to vaccinate their dogs and to look out for the symptoms below:
Symptons of Parvovirus
- Severe vomiting
- Foul-smelling, bloody diarrhea
- Loss of appetite (this can also lead to life-threatening dehydration)
Parvovirus is a severe canine disease with an average fatality rate of 90 per cent.
Dr Kathy Enright, of Clare Street Vets said this is one of the worst outbreaks witnessed in her 13-year career and the disease can spread “like wildfire”.
“It’s caused by contact with a dog that is in the ‘shedding’ phase of the disease, so in contact with them directly or their faeces or vomit and spread by anything contacting that like birds or vermin. It’s like the flu virus in people.”
Make sure your dog is vaccinated and if any symptoms appear, please contact your vet immediately.
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