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Vets4Pets issues stark UK-wide warning to owners after more dogs fall ill

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Guernsey-based franchise tells dog owners not to hesitate with treatment following a sharp rise in the number of dogs admitted with life-threatening sickness.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 07/02/2020, 20:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:32


Dog owners have been told to contact their nearest vet as soon as possible if they suspect their dog has been hit by the mystery virus sweeping the UK.

Viral symptoms

Cornish vets are the latest to report a dramatic rise in the number of dogs admitted with viral symptoms such as excessive vomiting and diarrhoea. Although no link is confirmed, the characteristics of the Cornish illness are the same as those seen of the dogs admitted to practices in Halstead and Colchester in Essex last weekend.

The rise in admittances has now prompted Vets4Pets, a franchise group owned by Pets at Home to issue a warning to owners to be vigilant of their dog’s health. 

Symptoms to watch out for include: more than a few days of vomiting, excessive (and bloody) diarrhoea, lethargy and loss of appetite.

“Quite unusual”

Dr Samantha Butler-Davies, veterinary clinical services manager at Vets4Pets, told Cornwall Live, "Affected dogs are vomiting a lot more frequently than is typically seen with canine gastroenteritis. The frequency and persistence of the vomiting is quite unusual, and so it makes cases stand out.

"In some cases, dogs have been vomiting profusely for up to five days, with five or more bouts within a 12-hour period. Some are also suffering from diarrhoea and are lethargic and off their food.

"Should an owner suspect that their dog may be suffering from this condition, they should immediately contact their local veterinary practice for advice.

"This is obviously very worrying for dog owners throughout the UK, but it is important that they remain calm, but vigilant, and contact their local vets if they have any concerns."