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
- 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