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We are about to start using a new and much improved vaccine for Leptospirosis. It will give far superior protection to your dog against this very serious, usually fatal (and potentially infectious to humans) disease. The new vaccine, Nobivac L4, launched by MSD Animal Health, offers broader protection against leptospirosis and is the first tetravalent vaccine against the disease in Europe. Bivalent vaccines have previously been used to immunise dogs against leptospirosis, but due to changes in the epidemiology, vaccinated dogs have become vulnerable to infection through contact with leptospira serovars that are not covered by the current vaccine.
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Several dogs have died in what the PDSA has described as a serious outbreak of Canine Parvovirus in Staffordshire. Dog owners in the Stoke-on-Trent area are being urged to get their pets vaccinations up to date after the sudden rise in the number of cases of the potentially fatal disease. Vets at Stoke’s PDSA in Club Street have reported seeing up to five cases a day of suspected canine parvovirus, compared to the ‘normal’ rate of just one a week.
Parvovirus: highly contagious
A highly contagious viral disease, symptoms of Parvovirus can include severe vomiting, bloody diarrhoea, dehydration and heart problems. Dogs that develop Parvovirus infection show symptoms of the illness within three to 10 days of contacting the virus. Parvovirus can be fatal, especially in young dogs. It spreads from dog to dog in faeces and the virus is able to survive for long periods in the environment. Protection against the disease is given as part of a vaccination course which should be boosted annually.
Parvovirus can be fatal especially in puppies Duncan Senior, senior veterinary surgeon at the PDSA in Stoke-on-Trent said: "Parvovirus is a severe, highly infectious disease that can often be fatal, particularly in puppies. "We saw a surge of cases two months ago, but this seemed to be tapering off. "However in the last week we have been inundated. This indicates a serious outbreak, and sadly there have been several fatalities. "I would urge all owners to make sure their pets' vaccinations are up to date."
Warning over at risk areas
Vets advise clients with puppies that have not completed their vaccination course to be very careful about taking them to public places such as parks, dog toileting areas, shopping areas. All adult dogs whose vaccinations are not up to date are potentially at risk so they should receive a booster ASAP.
Maria Bailie of Cardiff Dogs Home said: "It's incredibly important to get the message out there," she said. "You can liken it to the measles outbreak in Swansea that is spreading because people opted not to have the vaccination and I think something similar is happening here with parvovirus."
In the past few months, vets while also dealing with individual cases nationwide on a regular basis, have also reported a number of serious outbreaks involving several dogs at a time.
Outbreaks have taken place across the country including;