Vets have warned dog owners to be vigilant as a suspected virus outbreak sweeps across the UK.


 


It is normal for vets to see one or two dogs a day with vomiting and diarrhoea, however, Emily Nightingale; a qualified vet said “We have seen more dogs coming in suffering from these illnesses in the last week – double the amount expected for this time of year. When you start seeing dog after dog with the same symptoms, it becomes worrying.”


 


What to look out for – 


 



  • Prolonged Vomiting

  • Diarrhoea

  • Being Lethargic

  • Having blood in their stools

  • Not eating


Cases of the bug have already been seen in Essex, Liverpool, Norfolk and Colchester.


 


The illness can be treated in a number of ways with seriously ill dogs being given intravenous drips, but most dogs are given anti-sickness medication and they soon start to recover well.


 


Our tips would be to keep a close eye on your dog and should you spot the signs call your vet and get their advice. Dogs can become very unwell quickly if the diarrhoea continues for a long period of time.


 


It is not a fatal virus but it is best to be vigilant and seek advice when worried.

Posted: February 6, 2020