TOM DAVID­SON

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AN out­break of the deadly and highly con­ta­gious par­vovirus has trig­gered an ap­peal to get dogs in­oc­u­lated.

Prospect House Vet­eri­nary Clinic has re­ceived three dogs in the last 10 days suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease, all from the Peul­wys es­tate in Llysfaen.

Par­vovirus can have a mor­tal­ity rate as se­vere as 91% when un­treated.

Dogs that catch the dis­ease show symp­toms within three to seven days, th­ese can in­clude lethargy, vom­it­ing and a fever.

On Face­book they wrote: “If pos­si­ble, any­body tak­ing pos­ses­sion of a new dog should find out what it’s vac­ci­na­tion sta­tus is, or in the case of a puppy, the moth­ers’ vac­ci­na­tion sta­tus.

“Please check that your dog is pro­tected be­fore we have an epi­demic.”

The dis­ease does not af­fect cats or other an­i­mals.

Vet John Bar­ton from Bar­ton’s vet­eri­nary surgery on Conwy Road was fear­ful the out­break got worse.

He said: “There is al­ways a risk when a large amount of dogs are not vac­ci­nated and at the minute, be­cause of the re­ces­sion, peo­ple don’t want to pay or haven’t been able to.

“But now it is cru­cial. It’s a highly con­ta­gious dis­ease, any­where where an in­fected

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