Canine parvovirus case in Berwick

Berwick vets RentonSwan have confirmed a case of the contagious, canine parvovirus in the town.

Vet David Knight said: “In Berwickshire we have been fortunate to have been parvo free for the last few years, though it has always remained a threat due to endemic infection in parts of Newcastle and its environs. High vaccination uptake has probably helped previously, to prevent it from becoming a problem in this area.”

Antibiotics will reduce the secondary bacterial infection and control the septacemias caused by the massive gut damage, but vets stress that the best protection is vaccination, to prevent infection in the first place.

The virus stops the immune system being effective and causes massive gut damge, resulting in vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, profuse bloody diarrhoea and in some cases death.