Hatfield vets warn of potentially fatal disease after saving the life of a dog

PUBLISHED: 18:08 17 July 2017

Dr Catherine Soffair (Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) of Bishops Veterinary Surgery in Hatfield.

Dr Catherine Soffair (Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) of Bishops Veterinary Surgery in Hatfield.

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Vets are urging dog owners to be on the look out for the symptoms of a potentially deadly disease after dealing with a case from Hatfield.

The team at Bishops Veterinary Surgery in Parkhouse Court, Hatfield, saved the life of a dog suffering from the potentially fatal viral disease, Parvovirus, after the pet was brought in towards the end of last week.

Veterinary staff are now trying to raise awareness of the disease, which can be spread through dog mess.

Surgery clinical director Dr Catherine Soffair (MRCVS) told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It can spread easily.

“Dogs don’t need to have direct contact with each other.

“It can spread through the environment and it can survive quite well in the environment.

“In the case we dealt with, the dog survived.

“He had very prompt treatment and very intensive treatment.

“You have got to get in there very quickly and get them on supportive treatment.

“The quicker they are brought in, the more likely they are to survive.”

Dr Catherine warned dog owners to look out for vomiting and diarrhoea.

The diarrhoea may contain blood which will make it dark in colour.

The animal may also be lethargic, off their food and dehydrated.

Dr Catherine added: “The dog we dealt with was brought in at the end of last week.

“With a typical case, they’re often hospitalised for a number of days.

“This is the first case we have seen this summer.

“Vaccinations are very effective and we would always recommend vaccinating your dog unless there’s a medical reason no to.”

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