A painful virus affecting dogs has broken out across the country and a veterinarian has issued a stern warning to pet owners.
Dr. John Rosie explained that he saw an increase in the number of cases of gastroenteritis in dogs from the beginning of the year.
The 37-year-old from Derbyshire, who has been a vet since 2004, also said that he does not usually see many cases of gastroenteritis in other periods of the year.
"There was a higher number of cases even if we do not have the exact diagnosis of what the cause is," he told Derbyshire Live.
"Dogs seem to respond to the treatment we are giving them."
The veterinarian treated about five dogs with the virus every week, and suspected the disease will continue to spread throughout the country in what will be a frosty winter month.
Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestine, which leads to discomfort, pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Viral tummy virus can be very contagious.
Mr. Rosie also gave advice to dog owners on how to protect them from collecting other infections, such as the prevailing influence, when out and about.
"They should wash and disinfect the dog's paws after walking in case they pick something up."
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The Chief Veterinary Officer RSPCA Caroline Allen said: "Gastroenteritis is a description of the signs that dogs show when they have a gut – usually characterized by vomiting. and diarrhea.
"Gastroenteritis can have a number of different causes, including bacterial and viral problems.
"Epidemics, sometimes very localized, can occur in the same way as people.These types of epidemics are generally considered viral.
" Fortunately, most cases are mild and self-limiting but, in some cases may depend on the cause and the general health of the dog, gastroenteritis may be more severe and require hospitalization for an intensive treatment.
stage does not seem to have been the cause of this outbreak, so it is difficult for us to advise owners on how to keep their dogs healthy.
"However, we would recommend to ensure that vaccinations and worms are up to date Anyone with any concerns should contact their vet."
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