By Beth Sharp Thursday 17 October 2013 Updated: 18/10 10:43
A NUMBER of cases of the life-threatening disease Parvo in the last two months has prompted a warning to dog owners to ensure their pets' vaccinations are up-to-date.
A total of four out of 77 strays recovered by Worcestershire Regulatory Services have been diagnosed with the illness which causes symptoms such as bloody diarrhoea, sickness, lethargy and a loss of appetite.
Although it cannot be contracted by humans, the illness is particularly horrible for canines and can lead to a very painful death.
Vets and wardens are urging residents to bring unvaccinated dogs in as soon as possible as the illness is very contagious especially among puppies.
Pip Singleton, Worcestershire Regulatory Services’ dog warden, said: “Not vaccinating your pets is not a good money-saving option as they will become very ill which will mean high vets’ bills."
Becky Delli-Bovi, practice nurse from Clent Hills Veterinary Group, Kidderminster Road, said: "There is an increasing number of cases because owners are failing to keep their dogs' vaccinations up to date.
"This is due to the economic downturn and the growing perception that boosters are not necessary."
She added only last week two terrier puppies were brought in and died from the nasty disease.
All residents thinking of getting a four-legged friend are advised to avoid puppy farms and places where they cannot see the parents.
Owners are also encouraged to speak with their local vets before they buy a dog so they can get advise on what to look out for.
For more information call 01905 822799 or visit www.worcsregservices.gov.uk/animal-health-and-welfare/dog-warden-service.
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