Vet issues warning as nasty dog virus sweeps UK

A vet has issued a stark warning to pet owners following an outbreak of a painful virus that is affecting dogs across the country.

Dr John Rosie, from Derbyshire, says he has seen an increased number of gastroenteritis cases in dogs within the last two weeks.

Dr Rosie, 37, who has been a vet since 2004, also said he doesn’t usually see this many cases of gastroenteritis throughout the rest of the year.

“There has been a higher number of cases although we don’t have the exact diagnosis of what the cause is yet," he told Derbyshire Live.

"The dogs seem to be responding to the treatment we are giving them.”

The vet has been treating around five dogs with the virus each week, and suspects the illness will continue to spread across the country in what will be a chilly winter month.

Gastroenteritis is inflammation of the stomach and intestines, which leads to discomfort, pain, diarrhoea and vomiting. The viral tummy bug can be very infectious.

Mr Rosie has also issued advice to dog owners on how to protect them from picking up other infections, such as the prevalent flu, when out and about.

"They should wash and disinfect their dog’s paws after going out walking in case they pick up anything on their feet."

Dog lovers are urged to take good care of their dogs at this time, so they’re not as vulnerable to infection.

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