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Parvo Virus outbreak in puppies—on the Isle of Dogs

PUBLISHED: 08:10 02 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:06 05 October 2010

SEVERAL confirmed cases of Parvo Virus in puppies have been reported of all paces on the Isle of Dogs. It has raised concern from vets in East London that the outbreak has the potential to become an epidemic

By Mike Brooke

SEVERAL confirmed cases of Parvo Virus in puppies have been reported of all paces on the Isle of Dogs.

It has raised concern from vets in East London that the outbreak has the potential to become an epidemic.

Owners are being advised to have puppies vaccinated to reduce the amount of Parvo Virus present in the area, with a yearly booster.

The Best Friends veterinary surgery Isle of Dogs and CitiVet in Mile End are extending their vaccine amnesties until June 21 in response to the virus outbreak.

Parvo Virus is a deadly disease that is easily transmitted. It is present in any infected dogs faeces and the surfaces it touches.

Neither rain, sun or even disinfectants will kill the virus from surfaces, and can be brought into the home and garden on boots and shoes. It is so resilient that it can survive up to two years on the average pavement.

The symptoms include bloody diarrhoea and vomiting, causing stomach cramps and leading to life-threatening levels of dehydration, pet owners are warned. The symptoms can be treated if caught early, but there is no cure that can be given for the virus itself.


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