Unfortunately this week we have confirmed a number of cases of Parvovirus, affecting dogs and puppies in the Oswestry and surrounding areas. We understand colleagues in some neighbouring practices have seen similar cases.
We would like to reassure you that we are treating this with the utmost seriousness. The affected animals have been appropriately isolated and are being cared for by our team. We will still be running our normal appointments, however we may request vulnerable pets and surgical procedures that have been booked in are seen at our Ellesmere branch during this time.
This potentially lethal dog virus is feared by vets and dog owners because it is often untreatable. The virus causes a very nasty, bloody diarrhoea and is highly contagious. Dog-to-dog contact is not necessary as the virus can potentially remain active in soil for years and can be carried by foxes.
We thankfully don't often see cases of Parvo in this area due to the high overall vaccination rates. However, we want to stress the importance of ensuring your dog's vaccinations are up to date and that we as dog owners are responsible at 'scooping the poop' when you are out & about.
Remember, vaccinations do not protect your dog 100% against any disease but it should help them create enough immunity to fight the disease and not become unwell. The chances of a fully vaccinated dog contracting Parvovirus is MINIMAL.
We hope we do not see any more cases of parvovirus, however, please be vigilant in puppies that are not fully vaccinated or in dogs whose vaccinations have lapsed.
These are the signs to look out for:
⚠️Loss of appetite
Should you require any help or advice on your dog's vaccination status, or require an appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch.