What is parvovirus? Second deadly dog disease sweeps UK after Alabama Rot deaths

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A HIGHLY contagious dog virus is sweeping through the UK and could lead to the deaths of hundreds of pets.

The disease known as parvovirus has already infected pets in Walsall, Loughborough, Staffordshire and others in North Yorkshire and Hertfordshire.

 A HIGHLY contagious dog virus is sweeping through the UK and could lead to the deaths of hundreds of petsAlamy

A HIGHLY contagious dog virus is sweeping through the UK and could lead to the deaths of hundreds of pets

The Blue Cross said the first 48 hours after an animal has contracted the disease is vital.

But sadly most dogs that get infected with parvovirus die.

Puppies are most at risk of getting the disease but dogs who have not been vaccinated can also contradict the virus.

Blue Cross spokesperson said: “Puppies go downhill very quickly because the symptoms caused by parvovirus make them very weak, and mean their immune systems have to work very hard to fight the disease.

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Sadly most dogs that get infected with parvovirus die

“Puppies, between six weeks and six-months-old, are also more susceptible to secondary infections, or they may die from dehydration.”

It comes as another deadly flesh-eating disease that has killed more than 100 pets in Britain is causing dog owners increasing concern for their pets.

After another suspected fatal case in Manchester, let’s take a closer look at Alabama Rot – sometimes referred to as the “black death” disease – which is feared to be gaining ground in the UK.


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