Dog vomiting virus ‘outbreak’ sparks urgent warning from worried vets

A vet has issued a warning for dog owners after the feared outbreak of a nasty vomiting and diarrhoea virus.

The number of dogs with the suspected vomiting and diarrhoea bug are double the expected number for this time of year, prompting fears of a winter outbreak.

Essex based vet Emily Nightingale, from the The Forge Veterinary Centre on Head Street, Halstead, said a large number of pooches have come in, some barely able to walk, in the past week.

Symptoms include vomiting for up to five days, not eating, blood in stools, lethargy and diarrhoea.

Other vets, including some in Liverpool, Norfolk and Colchester, are also seeing the same, prompting fears of a nationwide outbreak.

She told EssexLive: "We have seen more dogs coming in suffering with vomiting and diarrhoea in the last week – double the amount expected for this time of year.

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"Most vets see one dog a day with vomiting and diarrhoea, so when you start seeing dog after dog with it, it becomes a worry.

"I rung around some local practices to see if there had been anything similar. Ardmore in Sudbury had, so we thought the next step is to make people aware.

"The dogs that responded best to the treatment are the ones that had treatment the quickest.

"One came in really unwell, they could barely walk up the corridor, we had to pick him up. He was the worst by a mile, he had been showing symptoms for up to five days.

"We must have a bug going around, because all our patients have been wormed, which leaves bacteria and viruses to be the only cause."

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In the most serious of cases, intravenous drips can be used, but most dogs are given anti-sickness medication and recover well.

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Emily says no dogs have died of the suspected virus at The Forge Veterinary Centre, but she says dog owners need to take their animals to the vets as soon as they see symptoms.

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