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"Teddy" - Border Terrier with Parvovirus



Parvovirus enteritis is a highly contagious and potentially lethal disease in dogs. The symptoms of haemorrhagic vomiting and diarrhoea are an assault on the senses and once witnessed are rarely forgotten.

Fortunately, for some years, there has been available a very effective, licensed vaccine which fully protects against this debilitating condition. However in the current economic climate vaccination numbers have lapsed leading to further outbreaks of disease.

What is equally frustrating is that there are some unscrupulous individuals pedalling "homeopathic" remedies which are worthless. A subject gauranteed to raise my blood pressure let alone my patients! Owners are then left assuming mistakenly that their pet is adequately protected. Consequently, patients like "Teddy" succumb to this preventable problem and his owners are left "footing the bill" for intensive care and fluid therapy.

Fortunately, in this instance "Teddy" has been nursed back to good health but it is not uncommon for owners to be left with a four figure bill and no patient because of this false economy. Proper vaccination, with a product which is proven to be effective, should be seen as a wise investment in the future of your pet's good health!

Terry Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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